A tropical gem situated on the gorgeous Indian Ocean coast, beautiful Broome – often referred to as the ‘Pearl of Western Australia’ – is best known for its striking coastal landscapes and spectacular beaches. Cable Beach, considered one of the world’s best beaches, is, for many, the main attraction. This 14-mile strip of glorious white sands, gently lapped by warm, flat waters, is synonymous with soothing relaxation and sunset camel rides along the coast.
Away from the breathtaking beaches, a stroll into Broome Town reveals plenty of highlights,[ReadMoreMob] from an array of boutiques, pubs and cafés to the delights of the cultural Chinatown district, such as the jewellers of Dampier Terrace, where locally sourced South Sea Pearls are sold. For a taste of local flavours, Matso’s Brewery – popular with locals and visitors alike – is a ‘must-visit’ to sample a selection of delicious, carefully crafted beers.
For those feeling adventurous, Broome is perfectly located for tours to the Dampier Peninsula, to explore stunning natural landscapes and delve into the rich culture and history of local indigenous people.
With around 14 miles of soft white sand, Cable Beach is, for many, the main draw Broome. The water is warm and calm with only gentle waves. Its name harks back to 1889, when a long undersea telegraph cable connected northwest Australia to Indonesia, opening up communication to the world. These days it is synonymous with sunset camel rides.
Without the discovery of pearl shells here in the 1800s, Broome might not even exist – that’s how vital the industry has been to the town. You can visit a working pearl farm and take a two-hour boat tour (AUD$90) of its aquatic beds and learn about the industry's astonishing and often brutal history.