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Exploring Broome

Broome is the main southern base to the remote Kimberley region of West Australia, and is a fun seaside town with a history of pearls and Chinese immigrants. This major stop on tours of the west coast has abundant tourist facilities and some of the best hotels in the region. These accommodation options typically overlook the beautiful Cable Beach, Broome’s main asset, and are often good value for money.

Broome is popular with birdwatchers, with an observatory near the town, and it has a crocodile park and several other worthy attractions. One of these draws, riding camels on the beach, is a big selling point. The town itself is the most altogether community in the region, with good shopping and eating options in the Chinatown area, and some of the best collections of pearls anywhere.

Sights nearby

There are a few beaches within easy reach, with Cable Beach the most impressive. This is where visitors can take camel rides and spot dinosaur footprints. The Crocodile Park along with Broome’s best hotels back the beach.

- Cable Beach

This long, wide beach just west of town is the main draw of Broome. It is wide, clear, clean, and ideal for bathing. Camelback rides are a popular activity and the sunsets here are legendary. Nudists can bare all in a section of the beach, you can go on a boat tour, or you can check out the dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point. Another fun side attraction is Anastasia's Pool, which was hacked out of the rock. Few hotels get right up to the beach but Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa near the Crocodile Park is one of them.

- Broome Bird Observatory

To the east of town, in Roebuck Bay, is this fine observatory for spying birds of the Kimberley region along with migratory flocks. You can see the various, bright colours of the striking Gouldian finch along with the strange frogmouth owl and the majestic night heron. Tours go daily and pick up from hotels in Broome, plus there’s camping here.

- Pearl Luggers Museum

Broome’s Chinatown is home to this funky museum which tells all about the riches of the town through the pearls harvested here. There’s a ton of memorabilia as well as stories of the early luggers which note the hardships the first divers faced. Also worth taking in on this theme is the Cemetery of the Japanese Pearl Divers.

- Buccaneer Rock

This small, rocky outlet in Roebuck Bay is said to contain buried treasure from the era of pirates, namely William Dampier. You can actually visit the rock and chance your hand or keep an eye out at night for his ghost from the safety of the path near the Mangrove Hotel.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

The main hotel areas are near the beach and the crocodile park, and in the Chinatown area, which is the best place for eating out and having fun at night. You’ll also find good eating at the likes of Pinctada Cable Beach Resort & Spa or the cheaper Broome Beach Resort. Prices for pearls are naturally good in Broome and there are lots of jewellers and specialists. Chinatown is the place to go for pearls, especially along Dampier Terrace, while the Cable Beach Shopping Centre on Reid Road is good for all sorts of purchases.

Public transport

From Cable Beach to Chinatown is quite a distance so consider taking the Pearl Town Bus between the two. It runs every hour during the day (until 18:15), more frequently in the summer during school hours. You can buy single tickets as well as five-day passes. Greyhound buses run here from cities in Western Australia and tours frequently head to nearby Windjana Gorge.

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