Relaxing on the beaches in Broome is one of the must dos when on holiday in this Kimberley town in Western Australia.
All of Broome's beaches are within a ten minute drive from the town centre and each have their own distinct identity. While Cable Beach is the best known, Town Beach and Redell Beach also attract tourists wanting to relax and enjoy the sun and sand while on holiday in this pearling town.
Tidal movements in Broome are huge so it’s important to be familiar with tide times to gain the best holiday experience when visiting Broome’s beaches.
This pretty little beach is located a few minutes’ drive from the centre of the historic pearling town and overlooks the stunning turquoise coloured Roebuck Bay. Town Beach is a popular draw-card for holidaying families. Its spectacular calm aqua water makes for perfect photo opportunities.
Bring your own picnic and spread out on the grass or on one of the picnic tables or enjoy dishes from the café near the water’s edge.
A bonus for parents is the small water playground, ideal for the children to cool down. There is also a cafe along the water's edge. There is also a caravan park located beside Town Beach with one of the best views in Broome across Roebuck Bay.
Town Beach is also a popular gathering point to see the natural attraction of the Staircase to the Moon on certain dates throughout the year. The moon rises above the exposed mudflats creating an optical illusion in the darkened sky of stairs reaching to the moon. The Town Beach Markets often complement this event and provide an opportunity for you to purchase craft items, dinner from the stalls and relax and enjoy the entertainment. Staircase to the Moon dates can be found here.
The Kimberley region has some of the largest tides in the world and Broome is no exception with large stretches of beach appearing daily as the tide rapidly recedes. If you are prepared to get a little wet and don’t mind an early start, a morning stroll along the tidal flats from Town Beach at very low tide on certain dates throughout the year will reward you with a close up view of the rusted remains of the Catalina flying boats from the Second World War. It takes approximately a half hour walk there and a half hour walk back out into Roebuck Bay. Check with the Broome Visitor Centre for accurate times of when the shifting tide reveals this piece of history. Alternatively a hovercraft tour can take you to the site where you can wander around these relics and learn of their fascinating history.
Consistently ranked as one of the top beaches in Australia for its 22 kilometres of sparkling white sand edged by the Indian Ocean, Cable Beach attracts visitors from around the world.
Whether you want to relax or be active on your Broome holiday you can hire equipment including chairs, umbrellas and paddle boards at Cable Beach. Watch the sunset from aboard a camel or a restored pearl lugger.
4WD Vehicles are permitted on Cable Beach north of the rocks. Hire car companies do not allow their cars to drive on the beach. There are massive tidal movements in the Kimberley so it is imperative you familiarise yourself with tide times if driving on the beach. Tide times are available from the Broome Visitor Centre. Turtles nest on Cable Beach between October and February. You can find out more about the turtle nesting season and turtle friendly beach driving tips from the Shire of Broome.
Gantheaume Point Beach
With the red cliffs as a backdrop Gantheaume Point Beach is popular with Broome’s community for sunset picnics, social gatherings and dog walking. This Broome beach adjoins Cable Beach and the natural bushland of Minyirr Park. The most common access point is via the ramp opposite the Broome Turf Club carpark. Your own 4WD vehicles are permitted in a designated area of the beach and it is important to heed signage.
Near Broome Port and the Broome Fishing Club you will find Entrance Point. This beach is utilised by boaties for fishing trips and catching mud crab. The beach has some interesting rock formations and is a popular location for weddings.
This lesser known Broome beach is accessible along the unsealed Kavite Road which stretches from the Broome Port to the Gantheuame Point Lighthouse. Car Park 3 is the usual access point and you need to walk down rugged sand cliffs to reach the stunning red rock formations standing like sculptures opposite the Indian Ocean;
Don’t forget to check tidal information and for further information on swimming at beaches in Broome, pay attention to beach signage and check out the Shire of Broome’s website for further information.