There are a bunch of tours that you can do around Broome including camel rides, boat cruises, scenic flights, star gazing, kayak tours, pearl farm tours, cultural tours, and extended trips through the magnificent Kimberley region. There are also many things you can do on your own that are free or minimal cost - here's our pick!
1. Visit the Broome Museum
How Broome came to be is a fascinating tale, and the museum provides a wonderful insight into the history of this multi-cultural town. The rollicking days of huge pearl lugger fleet that used line the shores of Roebuck Bay are on display, as is the direct involvement the town had in World War II.
2. See the Staircase to the Moon
This phenomenon happens usually for the first three days after a full moon. It’s when the rising moon reflects lights off the pools of Roebuck Bay on low tide and creates a ‘staircase’ effect. The Mangrove Hotel and Town Beach are the best viewing points. The recent redevelopment of Town Beach included a grassed tiered Staircase viewing area, accompanied by night markets on the first night of each Staircase - grab a meal from one of the many hawker’s stalls, sit on the grass, enjoy some live music, and watch the beauty of the Staircase.
3. Take a walk along Cable Beach
The beach is actually 22kms long so you might not want to do the whole thing! It’s also a beautiful place for a swim and to sit and simply enjoy the serenity. Try and get there around high tide when you don’t have to walk so far to the water. The tides around Broome can be seriously big!
4. See dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point
Broome is renowned for being a location where many fossilised dinosaur trackways are visible. The story boards at Gantheaume Point provide a great snapshot of the types of dinosaur, and there are both replicas and original footprints at the site. Try and see if you can find the footprints that were re-discovered right in front of the Cable Beach Club at low tides.
5. Visit the Sisters of St John of God Relationships Exhibition
The exhibition tells the story of one hundred years of the Sisters in the Kimberley, the various ministries they were involved in and their relationships with local people. They have a fantastic collection of old photos from their time in the Kimberley.
6. Download the app and do the Jetty to Jetty walk with local commentary.
The Jetty to Jetty Trail is Yawuru’s Award-winning self-guided heritage walk along the foreshore of Roebuck Bay. There are signposted locations, each with its own story to tell. You can listen to the stories on the Jetty to Jetty mobile app as you move through the town at your own pace.
7. Watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean at Cable Beach.
Broome is renowned for its spectacular sunsets and is a photographer’s dream. Often the best colours come out about 15 minutes after its set, so don’t leave immediately after the sun disappears beyond the horizon!
8. Catch a fish from the walkway at the Broome wharf.
The fishing at this spot is regarded as one of the best land-based game fishing spots in Australia. There are a huge variety of fish that can be caught, with many being perfect for the table. Try your luck at catching a Bluebone – they are a highly regarded table fish.
9. Catch a movie at Sun Pictures
The world’s oldest operating picture gardens are open all year round and each night they show the latest up-to-date contemporary movies. The cinema is partly open to the sky so you can watch the stars on the screen and in the sky! Take a cushion for extra comfort, and be prepared for when a plane lands as the cinema is on the approach to the airport and a jet overhead can make you jump!
10. See the view from the Broome Golf Club
Broome’s public 18 hole golf course welcomes visitors to join in competitions or to play on their own, and it's got some great views! It's regarded as one of regional Western Australia’s best courses and offers hire clubs and buggies, and clubhouse is now undergoing a major renovation.