5 Of Broome’s Most Instagrammable Locations
Words and photos by Lauren & Harry Miller – follow their adventures at @haz_and_loz.
The North West of WA is renowned for its breathtaking scenery and contrasting landscapes, and the area surrounding Broome is certainly no exception. Here’s our pick of the most stunning spots in this part of the Kimberley which will guarantee you come home with a camera roll full of epic shots.
Roebuck Bay is where red sands meet pastel blue, mangrove-dotted water to create the most incredible rainbow colour palette that would garner Bob Ross’ tick of approval. To find this incredible spot head towards the Broome Bird Observatory and then continue on around five minutes down the road. Before you go, be sure to check the tides, it is best to visit here on a high tide so that the mangroves are immersed in the water and you can watch the colours start to swirl as the tide falls.
Roebuck Bay is a biodiversity hotspot and sanctuary to many bird species so fly your drone with caution when capturing this unique landscape and be croc wise when near the water.
Coconut Wells are network of eye-catching tidal rock pools 30 minutes drive north of Broome via the Cape Leveque Road. As the story goes with almost all coastal areas in the Kimberley, the tide completely transforms the landscape here. The hundreds of little rock pools that you see most photographed are only revealed at low tide so keep this in mind when planning a trip out here. If you’re lucky enough to be there for a spring tide (over 9 metres) visit before high tide with a pool noodle to join the locals for a relaxing float as the rising water carries you through a naturally forming lagoon in the sand dunes.
Iconic for its expansive white sand beaches, camel rides and breathtaking sunsets, no trip to Broome is complete without a venture to Cable Beach. If you have a 4WD you can drive onto your own slice of beachfront real estate with camel rides occurring along the afternoon and evening, creating a striking silhouette against the Indian Ocean that just begs you to take a few snaps. If you do plan to cruise onto the beach, make sure to keep an eye on when the locals start to leave and head off well before the high tide hits, or you may be staying there longer than expected!
Gantheaume Point is famous for its fossilised dinosaur footprints but the natural red rock pools provide a pretty compelling reason to visit this spot even if palaeontology isn’t up your alley. There are a number of rock pools that crop up at varying tides so this ones worth a bit of forward planning! To visit the perfect circular rock pool seen most on the ‘gram you will need to head down the path at the point on a high spring tide (at least 9 metres +) for it to be filled. Another larger rock pool located further south on the point remains full after a high tide of over 8 metres, providing a longer window to visit. You will need to walk through some rocky landscapes to get to the larger rockpool and will likely have to do a bit of exploring to find it so exercise caution and wear sturdy shoes!
Willie Creek Sandbars
Willie Creek, located 30km north of Broome, is where the blue ocean swirls through white sand bars to create a stunning earth-side Milky Way that makes for jaw dropping images. You will need a 4WD to access the south side of the creek if you are planning to walk out to the sandbars, otherwise you can view them from the Willie Creek Pearl Farm. Be sure to visit at a falling tide (close to low tide) to see the sandbars emerge from the surrounding ocean. There is a resident croc in the creek so always be croc aware and make sure you give yourself plenty of time before the tide rises to get back to the beach if you do venture onto a sandbar!