The Top 5 Things To Do When You Visit Broome

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Broome, Australia’s pearling center, is the western entry point to the Kimberley region, which is home to the world-famous Cable Beach sunsets and the Staircase to the Moon. Only a two-and-a-half-hour flight from Perth will take you to this tropical sanctuary of vivid color and cultural differences, where the vibe is laid-back yet there’s plenty to keep the senses occupied.

Broome is a great place to visit if you’re planning a trip along the west coast. If you’re not sure what it has to offer, have a look at our list of the top five activities you must do in Broome.

Ride a Camel on Cable Beach

Cable Beach is Broome’s iconic beach, with sparkling white sand stretching over 22 kilometres against the Indian Ocean. You can tread the sands of this beach on the back of a camel, riding along as the sun sets, turning the sky into a breathtaking burnt-orange backdrop. The lucky ones sometimes catch glismpses of dolphins and sea creatures frolicking in the waters. After your camel ride experience, sit down at one of the beach side bars and have a cocktail with the stunning sky in sight. 

Visit a Pearl Farm

Broome is home to world-famous pearls, which has been the central element of the town’s economy for over a century. In the north of Broome is the award-winning Willie Creek Pearl Farm, where you can get an insight into how these beautiful gems are made and processed, and treat yourself to a few pearl jewels fresh from the farm. Alternatively, you can visit Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm for an immersive experience. They have a licensed restaurant offering delectable fare by their infinity pool.  

Visit a Pearl Farm in Broome
Explore how pearls are farmed in Broome.

Observe Broome’s Birds

The Broome Bird Observatory is dedicated to the conversation of over 300 bird species in the region and more shorebirds than any other place on Earth. The observatory has several subsections, the most famous being Roebuck Bay where you can get close to native seabirds. Apart from the famous shoebirds, you’ll get to see wildlife such as wallabies and whistling kites. In the mangroves-covered sections, you can also see the birds interact with other animals such as crabs and frogs. 

Witness the Staircase to the Moon

If you’re visiting this winter, make sure you don’t miss the Shinju Matsuri Pearl Festival, which celebrates Broome’s early days of being a world-renowned producer of South Sea Pearls. People come from all over to witness a phenomenon which happens about two days either side of the full moon – when there is a low tide the rising moon is reflected off the rippled tidal mudflats, creating the illusion of a brightly lit staircase up to the moon. This optical illusion occurs from March until November. Make sure you catch this as Broome really comes alive for this natural event with extra markets and activities. One of the best viewing points to witness the moonlight magic is the Town Beach. This location offers views across Roebuck Bay.  

The Top 5 Things To Do When You Visit Broome
The magical sight of the staircase to the moon will leave you breathless.

Wander in the Wilderness

Untainted natural beauty is the biggest treasure around Broome, and an adventure around the diverse natural sites is definitely a must. Cape Leveque, the northernmost tip of the Dampier Peninsula boasts striking red cliffs and unpopulated beaches. And, Windjana Gorge is home to freshwater crocodiles within its spectacular 100-metre-high limestone gorge walls. The waterside trees are home to fruit bats and corellas.

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