Broome Culture & Heritage

Broome History, Heritage and Culture

Follow ancient songlines through the pearling capital of the world

Broome's history is a rich, colourful and multilayered tapestry threaded with Aboriginal songlines, South Sea pearl luggers and World War II bombings. Delving into these stories can be a self-guided experience, or you can join a guided tour for more insights from local experts and historians.

Go hunting and gathering in a coastal wilderness

Take a day trip to immerse yourself in one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world. Join local guides on fishing, crabbing and bushtucker tours of the Dampier Peninsula.

 

Explore the pearling capital of the world

Discover compelling stories of how Aboriginal, Malay, Chinese, Japanese, European and Filipino cultures came together in the 1880s and transformed Broome into the pearling capital of the world.

 

For authentic insights, follow the self-guided Jetty to Jetty Walk (supported by a booklet and free app) or join a guided pearling tour.

 

A walk through the Japanese and Chinese cemeteries also reveals the many sacrifices that were made by workers in founding Broome’s booming pearling industry.

 

Catch a movie at the world's oldest picture gardens

Pull up a deckchair beneath a star-filled Broome sky and enjoy a night at the movies in the world’s oldest operating picture house, Sun Pictures.

 

See other perspectives on Broome

Visit Broome Historical Society Museum at Town Beach for a look back at Broome’s early and recent life, or step into the St John of God Heritage Centre and discover the incredible 100-year legacy of the Sisters of St John of God in the community of Broome.

 

Visit Broome’s Dreamtime Birthplace

Walk the trails of Minyirr Park at Cable Beach. Three colour coded trails wind their way through this coastal area, heading to the sea, through the bush and through the dunes. This is a beautiful area to walk in the early morning or late afternoon, with views along Cable Beach. 

 

Follow the songlines of the Goolarabooloo people

Find a deeper connection to Broome’s Aboriginal history, heritage, stories and traditions on a nine-day guided walk along the Lurujarri Heritage Trail.

 

 

Bundy's Cultural Tours 

Bundy's Cultural Tours
"Experience my culture, discover my country". Bundy offers bushtucker, spear-making and night-fishing tours from his home on the Dampier Peninsula, north of Broome. More information and bookings.

Brian Lee Tagalong Tours 

Brian Lee Tagalong Tours
Join one of the Kimberley’s most colourful characters on an amazing adventure based around the turquoise waters of Hunters Creek on the Dampier Peninsula, learning ancient stories and traditional fishing and mudcrabbing skills. More information and bookings.

Lombadina Tours

Lombadina

Lombadina, stay in comfortable air-conditioned accommodation, go swimming, mud crabbing, fishing or kayaking and snorkelling with an indigenous guide. Lombadina, Relax, Experience, Enjoy. More information and bookings.

 Gumbanan Bush Camp

Gumbanan Bush Camp
Begin your Aboriginal Cultural experience in the Dampier Peninsula. Where the wilderness still exists. More information and bookings.

Narlijia Cultural Tours


Narlijia Cultural Tours Broome

Walking tours of Broome with local Yawuru man Bart Pigram. Experience the culturally and ecologically diverse side of Broome and learn of an Indigenous heritage that spans tens of thousands of years. More information and bookings.

Jetty to Jetty Heritage Walk Broome


Jetty to Jetty Heritage Trail

This self-guided self guided heritage walk along the foreshore of Roebuck Bay was launched in 2016. Connect with Broome's story through the voices and music of it's people. Download the free smartphone app and listen to the stories along the trail, and trail maps are available. More information and app downloads.

Sun Pictures Broome


Sun Pictures, Broome

Opened as a picture house in 1916, this heritage building orginally served as an Asian emporium owned by the Yamsaki family. Visit during the day to take a step back in time, watch a movie under the stars, or hold your event in this very special space. More information.

Japanese Cemetery Broome

Japanese and Chinese Cemeteries
Broome's Japanese cemetery stands testament to close ties between this region of the sacrifices made by pearlers in the early days of the industry. Obelisks mark the graves of over 900 Japanese pearlers, and alongside, the Chinese cemetery is the resting place for member's of Broome's Chinese community. 

 

Broome Historical Society Museum
Take a step back in time at the Broome Historical Society Museum, located in heritage listed buildings including an old sailmakers warehouse, and telling Broome's unique story from gazetting through the heady days of the pearling industry, the World War II air raids and more. More information.

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