Broome in Australia’s North West is a fascinating town where the outback meets the ocean. With its rich pearling history and industry, fantastic community, 22km world famous Cable Beach and superb weather, it’s a great place to hang out and explore.
Not only that, it’s the gateway to the Kimberley, one of the world’s last great wilderness areas and second in Lonely Planet’s must visit destinations for 2014. I was lucky enough to stay for a week, but if you’re just there for a couple of days, here are my top tips.
WHAT TO DO
Get Educated!: Broome is steeped in pearling history and I learnt so much about the whole process, from its dangerous and treacherous beginnings to the delicate science it is today. Pop into Cygnet Bay Pearls or the Pearl Luggers and listen to captivating stories of how it all began.
When in Broome…: The place has a great community spirit so join in with the locals. When I was there I was lucky enough to be part of the annual Dragon Boat Regatta with what seemed like the entire town’s population. There always seems to be SOMETHING going on, even if it’s just the local sausage sizzle you know it’ll be a good laugh.
Watch the sun go down: For an extremely unique sunset experience, take a ride along Cable Beach on an even-toed ungulate. The camel I was riding was called Jerry Hall. I know there was a funny story behind the name but I can’t for the life of me remember what it was. Humps? Hmmm…modelling? No. Something about Mick Jagger?? Nope, it’s gone.
Don’t forget the popcorn: Fancy watching a movie? Outside? On a deckchair? Visit Sun Pictures, the World’s Oldest Outdoor Picture Garden. Bizarrely, what makes an evening here even MORE special is that the cinema is directly below the flight path of landing aircraft. So every now and then you’ll feel the need to duck!
Watch your step: For 3 days every month between March and October you can witness the natural phenomenon that is t