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Top Travel Tips - Getting the Most From Your Visit to Broome

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Broome sits on a small peninsula on the shores of the Indian Ocean. It first came to prominence as a pearl fishing port. But today it's year-round balmy temperatures, and long stretches of sandy beach, that attract most visitors. The town is also a gateway to the wilderness areas of the Dampier Peninsula, and the rugged Kimberley region of the vast Australian Outback.

Best time to travel

 

Broome is tropical, and has just 2 seasons. The "dry" lasts from April to November, and brings clear skies and warm temperatures almost every day. Temperature and humidity levels rise dramatically during the "wet", which lasts from December to March, and heavy downpours can occur most days. From around November to April, potentially dangerous Box jellyfish ("stingers") lurk in the waters off Cable Beach, and swimming is not recommended at this time. There are, however, other nearby beaches where it is safe to swim year-round.

Not to miss

 

If you're looking for a family seaside vacation, Cable Beach offers 22 kilometers of warm water and fine white sand. Visit the Broome Museum, and you can learn all about the area's proud tradition of pearl fishing. More adventurous visitors can snorkel in remote lagoons, or explore the rugged Outback in a 4x4. You can also go whale watching, or see swimming turtles as you paddle around in a kayak. Or you may prefer simply sitting on the beach, and enjoying the natural spectacle of a tropical sunset.

 

Getting around

 

The town's gateway is Broome International Airport (BME). Despite its name, it only has domestic services - mostly regional routes, plus regular flights from Perth, the West Australian state capital. The terminal is a 2-minute drive from the centre, and 5 minutes from Cable Beach. To get around, you can either walk or rent bicycles. A local bus service also links the centre with Cable Beach. To explore the Outback without joining an organized tour, you may want to rent a 4x4.

 

Cuisine

 

Broome's cuisine reflects its multicultural nature. It's a fusion of European, Asian, and Indigenous influences. In Chinatown you'll find Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and Malaysian eateries. Elsewhere, seafood takes pride of place on many menus. With its links to the pearling industry, you shouldn't miss the opportunity to try the prized "pearl meat" that comes from the massive Pinctada Maxima oyster. As elsewhere in Australia, barramundi is a favorite local fish. Land-based food specialties include succulent beef from cattle raised in the Kimberley region.

 

Customs and etiquette

 

Australians are down to earth and informal. If you bring a sense of humor, you'll find it easy to fit in. Shorts and sandals, or “thongs” (flip-flops), are standard dress for many, except in upscale bars and restaurants. Australian English, or “Strine,” is littered with local slang that may be unfamiliar, even to other native English speakers. There's no tipping culture, but you can add 5 to 10 percent to restaurant bills for exceptional service. Smoking is banned in all public places, and the fines for failing to observe this are high.

 

Fast facts

 

  • Population: 14000
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  • Spoken languages: English, some Yawuru
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  • Electrical: 230 volts, 50 Hz, plug type I
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  • Phone calling code: +61 8
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  • Emergency number: 000; 112 on cell phone