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Top Broome Sights - Take Your Pick From Multicultural Attractions, Extensive Beaches, and the Remote Outback

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In Broome adventure awaits: You can go snorkeling in remote lagoons, drive through the rugged outback in a 4x4, or go fishing for prize catches off the town jetty. It is also the perfect destination to spend lingering days worshipping the sun on sandy beaches, and taking dips in sparkling ocean waves.

Cable Beach and Gantheaume Point

 

Turquoise water, white sand, and red cliffs set the colorful scene for the 22-kilometer-long Cable Beach. Here, you can conclude a day of balmy seaside bliss with sunset cocktails, and camel rides. At its southern tip is Gantheaume Point - a jagged landscape of rock formations. At low tide, you can hop aboard a hovercraft to see 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints.

 

  • Broome Camel Safaris, Cable Beach, Broome, WA 6726; Tel: +61 4 19 916 101; Website: Broome Camel Safaris

Mangroves and markets in Roebuck Bay

 

Named after the ship captained by William Dampier, which carried the first scientific expedition to Australia in 1699, Roebuck Bay's red sand and mangroves can be found on the Broome peninsula's southern flank. Once a month, between March and October, it becomes the stage for the “Staircase to the Moon” optical illusion, created by the reflection of the full moon on tidal mudflats. When this happens, you will also find handmade crafts, international food, and local entertainment at a vibrant night market on Town Beach.

 

  • Staircase Moon Markets, Town Beach Reserve, Robinson Street, Broome, WA 6726; Tel: +61 429 008 395; Website: Staircase Moon Markets

 

Chinatown: pearls with history

 

Broome's Chinatown is where history meets shopping. Admire colonial and Asian architecture as you browse the souvenir shops and jewelry showrooms. In the early 20th century, Broome was the biggest pearling center in the world. You can learn more about the industry and how it shaped the town's history with a tour of the pearl luggers' original pearling boats. For a visual narrative of Broome's history at your leisure, head to Johnny Chi Lane, where you can grab a coffee and take in the informative plaques that are dotted around.

 

  • Pearl Luggers Tours, 31 Dampier Terrace, Broome, WA 6725; Tel: +61 8 9192 0022; Website: Pearl Luggers Tours
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  • Johnny Chi Lane, 15 Dampier Terrace, Broome, WA 6725; Website: Johnny Chi Lane

 

Horizontal Falls tidal waves

 

A visit to Broome would not be complete without witnessing the full force of the massive 9-meter tides characteristic to the area. When the fast-flowing tidal waters of the Indian Ocean gush through narrow gaps between the red ridges of Talbot Bay, they create a natural wonder that has been baptized with the name “Horizontal Falls.” A boat trip to ride these immense tidal waves is sure to get the adrenalin pumping; but if you prefer to stay dry, you can board a seaplane to view the phenomenon.

 

 

Tour the Dampier Peninsula wilderness

 

The Dampier Peninsula is where the ochre-drenched Kimberley outback meets the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. After a 3-hour drive in a 4x4, you can wash off the dust by snorkeling in a secluded lagoon, and enjoy the tranquil remoteness of palm-fringed beaches. For a taste of indigenous flavors, Lombadina offers experiences led by Australian Aboriginal guides who can teach you about bush tucker and how to catch mud crabs. Humpback whales migrate past the coast for 7 months of the year; you can see them from dry land, or get up close with a cruise.

 

  • Kimberley Wild Expeditions, Shop 20, Johnny Chi Lane, Broome WA 6725; Tel: +61 8 91937778; Website: Kimberley Wild Expeditions
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  • Lombadina, Thomas Bay, Dampier Peninsula; Tel: +61 8 91924936; Website: Lombadina