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Family-Friendly Broome - From Sandy Beaches to Turtle-Watching From a Kayak

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Broome offers a wide range of family-oriented activities and most involve outdoors fun. The combination of warm weather, safe swimming beaches, and plentiful sand, means your kids are unlikely to get bored. More adventurous youngsters will enjoy a chance to spot whales or turtles, or to ride along the beach on a camel at sunset.

Cable Beach and camels

 

A highlight for many children, Cable Beach offers safe swimming, and 22 kilometers of white sand. When the tide goes out, you can hop aboard a camel for a sunset ride. If the tides are very low, the receding water sometimes exposes 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints off Gantheaume Point. A great way to see these is to join a hovercraft tour.

 

Broome Camel Safaris

 

As the sun goes down, you can climb aboard a camel and ride along the beach for an “only in Broome” experience.

 

Cable Beach, Broome, WA 6726Tel: +61 419 916101

 

Broome Camel Safaris website

 

Broome Hovercraft Tours

 

This company offers several tours, from stunning scenery to old shipwrecks. Your kids will enjoy the chance to see dinosaur footprints up close on the “Prehistoric Tour.”

 

Port Drive, Broome, WA 6725. Tel: +61 8 9193 5025

 

Broome Hovercraft Tours website

Pools and crocodiles

 

Most hotels have pools for the kids to splash around in. But if they fancy a change of scene, you can take them to Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre. For a close - but not too close - encounter with nature, Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park is a 15-minute drive from Cable Beach. Its crocodile-feeding tours are a popular attraction. The park is also home to colourful birdlife, dingoes, kangaroos, and other creatures that call the Australian Outback home.

 

Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge

 

This park is home to some of the largest captive crocodiles in Australia. Malcolm Douglas spent 40 years making nature documentaries, which are shown in the shop-museum.

 

Broome Rd., Roebuck WA 6725. Tel: +61 8 9193 6580

 

Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge website

 

Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre

 

This leisure facility has a 25-meter shaded outdoor pool, as well as a lagoon pool and spa. There are also tennis courts here, if you want to work out without getting wet.

 

Cable Beach Road East, Broome WA 6726. Tel: +61 8 9191 8720

 

Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre website

 

Wildlife adventures

 

From July to November, around 35,000 migrating humpback whales swim past Broome. Some are close enough to the shore you can spot them with binoculars. But you can get much closer by joining a whale-watching cruise. For an even more personal wildlife encounter, join a Turtle Kayak Adventure tour from Cable Beach. As you paddle around, you may spot turtles, dolphins, or even majestic manta rays.

 

Broome Whale Watching

 

This 4.5-hour cruise guarantees get you up close to migrating humpback whales. Onboard, children can participate in a “Junior Whale Watching Workshop,” and at the end of the tour they'll receive a goodie bag to take home.

 

Departs from Gantheaume Point, Broome, WA 6725. Tel: +61 8 9192 8163

 

Broome Whale Watching website

 

Broome Adventure Company

 

You can join a Turtle Kayak Adventure tour from Cable Beach. As toy paddle out to sea, you may spot turtles, manta rays, and dolphins. You'll also get a chance to see stunning red cliffs up close.

 

Cable Beach, Broome WA 6726. Tel: +61 419 895367

 

Broome Adventure Company website

 

Family-friendly dining in Broome

 

In Broome, you'll find plenty of options to please younger diners, even those with potentially fussy appetites. Many restaurants offer kids' menus, while some lay on children's entertainment. Matsos Brewery has lots of kids' specials, as does the Pearlers Bar-Bistro in the Roebuck Hotel. Cable Beach Club Resort has several restaurants serving child-friendly menus. Here, you can eat by the pool or in the Sunset Bar & Grill, which has a beachfront setting.

 

Sunset Bar & Grill

 

Sunset Bar & Grill has a kids' menu featuring "bangers & mash" (sausage and mashed potato), spaghetti, and grilled chicken. The dining are also looks out onto Cable Beach and the sea.

 

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Cable Beach Road, Broome WA 6725. Tel: +61 8 9192 0400

 

Sunset Bar & Grill website