The peak tourist season in Broome is June to August, when the days are warm and sunny, making it the perfect place for a winter getaway. While the list of things to do in Broome is endless, from scenic flights over the Kimberley coastline, day trips up the Dampier Peninsula, to kayaking, hovercraft, and cultural tours, here are some of the best things to do while in Broome:
See ‘Staircase to the Moon’
This natural phenomenon occurs between March and October each year when the full moon rises over the exposed tidal mud flats of Roebuck Bay, creating the rippled impression of stairs leading towards the moon. It’s best viewed from two main vantage points in town – the Mangrove Hotel, which has live entertainment, or Town Beach where night markets also are held on the first two nights of the full moon.
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Explore Gantheaume Point and Search for Dinosaur Footprints
Gantheaume Point is located at the southern end of Cable Beach and is only about 10 minutes from Broome’s town centre. Here the red cliffs meet the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Not only is it a great spot to explore, but Gantheaume Point is also home to dinosaur footprints. The preserved prints, which are over 130 million years old, are visible at low tide at the base of the cliffs.
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Visit Australia’s Most Remote Brewery
Broome is home to Australia’s most remote brewery – Matso’s. The brewery and restaurant is open from 7am until late every day of the week. Brewery tours are also available and are run twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays. But with outside seating in the courtyard and verandah offering views over Roebuck Bay, one of the best things to do is grab a tasting paddle board and sample some of the range, including mango, chilli, and ginger beers.
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Watch sunset from Cable Beach
There’s no better way to end the day than watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean, and there’s no better place in Broome to do so than Cable Beach. With 22 kilometres of pristine white sand and turquoise water, it’s perfect for swimming and spending the afternoon on the beach. Cable Beach is also famous for its camel rides which operate daily in the dry season.
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Watch a movie at the world’s longest running open air cinema.
Broome is home to Sun Pictures, the world’s longest running open air cinema. First opened in 1916, movies are screened here nightly. The cinema has canvas deck chair seating, both under the verandah and under the stars, as well as a grassed area close to the screen. Sun Pictures is under the flight path and often movies are momentarily interrupted by the roar of planes overhead as they come to land at nearby Broome International Airport.
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Discover Broome’s Pearling History
Broome was once the largest pearling centre in the world, from the turn of the century until World War 2, and is still well known for its pearling industry today. You can learn about Broome’s pearling history at many of the pearl shops in Chinatown, and purchase some for yourself, or take a tour of a pearl farm. The Broome Historical Museum is also worth a visit. Another way to learn about Broome’s history and culture is the Jetty to Jetty trail (and app), taking you from Streeter’s jetty in Chinatown to Town Beach where Broome’s old jetty was once located.
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Spend a Morning at the Courthouse Markets
Saturday mornings in Broome are best spent at the courthouse markets, located on Hamersley Ave on the grounds of the Broome courthouse. Operating between 7am and 1pm every Saturday and also on Sundays between April and October, the market has a wide range of stalls from clothing and jewellery to arts and crafts, as well as music and entertainment. The market also has great food and drink stalls.
With some of the clearest skies in the world, spotting the Milky Way, constellations and shooting stars has never been easier. For those who are interested in learning more about the night sky, astro tours are run at a dark site about 20 minutes out of Broome during the dry season by Greg Quicke (also known as Space Gandalf!).
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About the author:
Alex is a photographer and writer who loves exploring the Kimberley and the outback. When she’s not stuck in the office, she’s out hiking, traveling down dusty roads and taking photos. See more of her photos at: Instagram.com/alex.vp.
Cover photo by Alex herself!