It’s small, yet Broome is an iconic Australian destination, ideal for tourists who crave something different. The town is just a 2.5-hour flight north of Perth, which is easily reached by direct flight from Singapore. Read our rundown of the fab things to do in Broome; it’ll be on your list of must-visits in no time!
#1 Catch the “Staircase to the Moon”
If you time your trip right, you’ll have the chance to witness this miraculous natural phenomenon during your Broome getaway. Head to the mudflats at Roebuck Bay and stand in awe as you watch the full moon reflecting off the water during low tide, creating a stunning optical illusion of stairs leading up to the sky. It happens from March to October each year for about three days a month, so plan accordingly!
#2 Go camel riding
What better way to enjoy the town’s brilliant sunsets than by taking a stroll along Cable Beach? Consistently rated one of the world’s best strips of sand, it’s the perfect spot to watch the vibrant shades of orange and red light up the sky each evening. To make it even more memorable, don’t walk. Ride on one of Broome’s famous camels instead!
#3 Visit a pearl farm
Synonymous with stunning south sea pearls, Broome is a great place to learn about these precious gems. There are many local tours on offer to give you an insight scoop and hands-on experience. One such tour takes in Willie Creek Pearl Farm, where you’ll learn everything about these renowned cultured pearls and more about the industry itself. (And, yes, if you’re looking for a new set of earrings, there’s the chance for some shopping too!)
#4 Go on a coastal adventure
Aside from Cable Beach itself, this part of Australia has glorious coastal features. Expansive rock pools are exposed by Broome’s legendary low tides, and their mini eco-systems are populated by a plethora of creatures.
#5 Check out dinosaur footprints
Just 10 minutes from town, Gantheaume Point is home to stunning red rock formations over the water – even some preserved dinosaur footprints. Visit Anastasia Pool at low tide to feast your eyes on these fascinating historical features.
While at Gantheaume Point, book a kayak tour for the chance to see a wide variety of wildlife, including turtles, dolphins and an array of sea birds. Tours generally run from March to December and are suitable for most ages.
#6 Explore the wilderness
Hop on a four-wheel drive and take your trip further off the beaten track, to remote Cape Leveque at the top of the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome.
The four-hour drive is well worth it for the pristine beaches and iconic red cliffs at the end. There are loads of activities on offer too, from fishing to snorkelling.
From there, you can head into a spectacular section of the Kimberley and visit Windjana Gorge National Park. This is a great hiking spot, where you’ll come across interesting sights including marine fossils along the limestone gorge walls. Tunnel Creek, Australia’s oldest cave system, features mini waterfalls and plenty of local wildlife.
#7 Immerse yourself in local culture
From April to October, Broome’s Courthouse Markets are bustling with activity. These weekend bazaars are packed with arts and crafts, handmade jewellery and fresh produce.
As you shop, groove along to great live music, and drop by Matso’s Brewery for happy hour. (Try the mango beer – or, if you’re brave, the ice-hot chilli beer!) History buffs can head to the Broome Historical Society Museum and learn more about the town’s past through local artefacts and memorabilia.