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.
Three times larger than England, the Kimberley region – spread over Australia's northwestern corner – is one of the world's last wilderness frontiers. Here you'll find wildlife, canyons, freshwater swimming holes and several outback stations. Despite the remoteness, it is a place of great food and friendly locals, and features one of the world’s most romantic beach towns.
Cruises to Broome
Departs: Phuket • Thu 28 Nov 2019
42 nights • Boudicca • D192829
- Combining calls at stunning Indonesian islands and diverse destinations in the land ‘Down Under’, this incredible voyage packs in plenty of highlights, from beautiful landscapes and beaches to Australian icons including native wildlife, world-famous landmarks and legendary New Year’s Eve celebrations.
- Your exploration of Indonesia includes chances to explore Weh Island’s fauna-rich jungle and warm, clear waters; visit Java Island’s sensational Borobudur Temple; marvel at the Gunung Rinjani volcano on Lombok Island; go ashore at Komodo Island; and sample paradise at beautiful Bali.
- In Australia, you’ll visit beautiful Broome, Fremantle – for tours to Perth – and historic Albany on the west coast; sail the south coast, stopping at Kangaroo Island, Melbourne and Hobart; and visit Sydney on New Year’s Eve, cruise the Great Barrier Reef and stop at Townsville along the east coast.
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Departs: Benoa • Wed 11 Dec 2019
28 nights • Boudicca • D1929
- An abundance of Australian icons await you on this unforgettable exploration of the land ‘Down Under’, with visits to coastal towns, cities and islands of three sides of Australia offering famous wildlife, natural wonders, quintessential beaches and landmarks.
- Highlights include Broome’s beautiful Cable Beach; historic Albany, where Australia’s first European settlers landed; Kangaroo Island, home to wild kangaroos, wallabies and koalas; an overnight stay in Melbourne, the ‘World’s Most Liveable City’; and scenic cruising of the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef.
- Visiting Sydney on New Year’s Eve will be simply unforgettable, with a chance to experience all the excitement of legendary festive celebrations, including the city’s spectacular fireworks display. An extended stay allows time to discover iconic sites, such as the Opera House and Bondi Beach, too.
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Departs: Benoa • Wed 11 Dec 2019
42 nights • Boudicca • D192901
- Explore three sides of the land ‘Down Under’ to discover Australian icons including native wildlife, world-famous landmarks and even legendary New Year’s Eve celebrations before heading to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia for feast of history, culture and spectacular natural beauty.
- In Australia, you’ll visit beautiful Broome, Fremantle – for tours to Perth – and historic Albany on the west coast; sail the south coast, stopping at Kangaroo Island, Melbourne and Hobart; and on the east coast, visit Sydney on New Year’s Eve and marvel at the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
- Calls at Alotau, Wewak and Madang present opportunities to immerse yourself in Papua New Guinea’s authentic tribal culture and fascinating war-influenced history; while in Indonesia, magical islands await, including Komodo Island – home to the world’s largest lizard – and idyllic Bali.
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