Broome is a coastal country town situated in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia approximately 1600kms north of Perth. Broome is well known for it’s stunning coastline, rich history and culture and picturesque sunsets.
Cable Beach is a guaranteed highlight of any visit to Broome and is a must see. At 22 kilometres in length, you are guaranteed to find your own section of the beach all to yourself. 4WD’s are permitted to drive on the beach and some hire car companies allow vehicles to be driven on the beach.
The water is warm year round and generally calm with little to no waves. Irukandji jellyfish can be present depending on the tides, wind and temperature of the water but are most likely to be present during the wet season from October – April. There are a very small number of people who are stung by these jellyfish each year so the risk is relatively low however, it’s important to check the beach is open prior to swimming.
The sunsets at Cable Beach are ever changing and always spectacular (make sure your camera is on hand!)
The best way to get to Broome is via a direct flight from Perth with Qantas or Virgin which takes approximately 2 hours 40 minutes one way. Driving is also an option however this journey will take 3 days minimum and is approximately 2500kms.
The best time to visit Broome is between the months of May – September, a period commonly known as the dry season. October – April is known as the wet season and brings hot, humid temperatures with spectacular storms and at times, high rainfall.
Broome has accommodation to suit all budgets ranging from backpackers to BnB’s, boutique hotels and luxury resorts. Hotels and resorts in close proximity to Cable Beach range from anywhere between $200 – $500 AUD per night depending on the time of year and availability.
Cable Beach Club is one of the most popular resorts as it is the only resort actually on Cable Beach however locals tend to favour The Billi as it is much quieter, very tranquil and they even have safari tents if you want to be amongst nature.
Broome is most famous for it’s beaches, so in my opinion, the closer you are to the beach, the better!
Broome is well known for it’s seafood so finding vegan food can be difficult if you don’t know where to look or haven’t done much research. The best spots for breakfast are Dragonfly Cafe, Green Mango Cafe and The Good Cartel. For lunch and dinner, The Mangrove is a popular spot as it has a beautiful outdoor area overlooking Roebuck Bay. Other popular restaurants with vegan options include Bali Hai Restaurant, Little Indian and Aarli Bar.
Food is standard western prices so can become quite expensive if you’re eating out at every meal. If you’re looking to save money, there are two large grocery stores in town where you can buy fresh produce and prepare in your accommodation.
Due to Broome being a country town with warm temperatures and many of the tourist locations quite spread out, the best way to get around is to hire a car. I highly recommend Sunrise Car Hire who always provide reasonable prices and take great care of their guests. Alternatively, there is a local bus shuttle service that stops at or within walking distance to most hotels, particularly in the Cable Beach Area. It is very affordable – from memory I think it is around $2 – $4 AUD. The bus departs every hour and stops at most tourist attractions as well as the two large shopping centres in the town. Taxis are available however can be costly.
Top Things to See and Do:
- Visit Cable Beach
- See the Snubfin dolphins in Roebuck Bay (the only accessible population on the planet)
- See the largest population on the planet of Humpback Whales (seasonal)
- Visit the red rock cliffs at Gantheaume Point
- See the Staircase to the Moon
- Visit Riddell Beach
- Visit the Courthouse Markets on a Saturday or Sunday morning
- Watch a movie at the oldest Outdoor Cinema in the world
- Watch the sunset with a cocktail at Sunset Bar
- Try a Matsos beer from Matsos Brewery
- Take a day trip to visit the red rock cliffs at James Price Point