Interested in visiting the Kimberley Region in Western Australia? A trip to Australia’s north west isn’t complete without spending some time in the stunning beachside town, Broome. Renowned for sparkling clear beaches, a tropical climate, vibrant wildlife and deep red colours, you don’t want to miss a trip here! Find out more about things to do in Broome in our latest blog post.
First up, a little recap on where exactly Broome is located. Broome is in the very North West of Australia in the Kimberley region. The Kimberleys are a popular tourist attraction and well known for their rugged beauty characterised by dramatic gorges, the bush and a beautiful yet isolated coastline. ‘How far is Broome from Perth?’, we hear you ask. You can drive from Perth to Broome comfortably in 2-3 days as it takes a full 23 hours without including toilet stops or breaks to eat or rest. If driving isn’t your thing, hop on a plane from the capital of WA and jet into Broome in an easy 2.5 hours.
Here’s our shortlist of our 8 favourite things to do in this coastal town:
How many #1 things to do in Broome can we have again?! All jokes aside, this is a very close #2 must do activity in Broome. The best time to go is just before sunset for a truly memorable experience and view. We recommend going with Broome Camel Safaris with prices starting from $70 per person at sunset.
This is our #1 must-do for a trip to Broome. Discover why David Attenborough called it "Australia's most unusual natural wonder," with a seaplane over these incredible falls. We don’t want to give too much away, but just imagine what it would look like if a waterfall was created by the movement of the tide…! Discover all the scenic flights you can do over at Visit Broome.
You can’t get more ‘Broome’ than this bay with orange pindan stained sand, green mangroves and the turquoise blue ocean than Roebuck Bay. There’s no shortage of wildlife here, look out for dolphins and turtles not to mention lots of fish. You can find Trevally, Queenfish, Triple Tail, Blue and Threadfin Salmon in the bay, so join a boat tour and fish to your heart’s content!
Get your shop on over the weekend at the local Courthouse market, held in heritage listed gardens. They’re a great free thing to do in Broome and you can stroll around browsing stalls selling coffee, fresh fruit and veg, local homewares, art, and jewellery. Stay up-to-date with what’s on and opening times here.
Okay so technically this isn’t in Broome, but it’s too incredible not to mention here! If you’ve got some time up your sleeve, we totally recommend driving out to James Price Point, about 50kms from Broome. Better yet camping here is free and it’s relatively undiscovered by tourists still. Don’t forget to bring all your food, cooking equipment and camping gear with you as it’s very remote.
Only 10 minutes from Broome, get out to this red rock cliff that looks out over the Indian Ocean. It’s the perfect place to soak in the sun, go swimming or have a picnic. If you’re interested in water sports like kayaking or fishing, a lot of tours leave from here too. Another cool thing to do here is check out the dinosaur prints at the bottom of the cliff during low tide.
Looking for things to do in Broome with kids? Tell them you’re taking them to the moon, well kinda! This super cool natural wonder happens on certain dates when the full moon rises across the exposed tidal flats to create the illusion of a staircase leading to the moon. In Broome, you can catch the view from Roebuck Bay or the Mangrove Hotel.
Did you know Broome is famous for their pearls? It was founded as a pearling port in the 1880s thanks to pristine ocean conditions producing some of the finest pearls in the world. So why not go on a pearl tour to learn more about finding pearls or even to purchase some?
If you’re looking to get a little more off the beaten track, we love the Eco Beach Resort for an off-the-grid escape. It’s 130km south of Broome and located directly on the beach. We love it for its sustainable, eco-friendly focus and luxurious safari style eco tents.
All this sight-seeing, swimming and wildlife spotting is sure to make you hungry. There are some fantastic places to eat and drink in Broome. Here’s our faves:
We get it, holidays can get seriously expensive sometimes. Luckily, Broome is renowned for so many natural attractions that are also free. Here’s what you can enjoy in Broome without dropping a penny for:
Travelling with your little ones? Let us help you with some ideas to keep them entertained:
Remember Broome has a tropical climate and gets very hot. We recommend hitting the town early and getting some activities in before heading back to your accommodation for a little rest over the hottest part of the day. For more ideas on what to do in Broome, be sure to check out @tessomewhere's guide on Travis here, or check out Visit Broome’s website. Want to check out some more off the beaten track destinations? Check out our blog post on 30 undiscovered places around Australia here. And of course, sign up to Travis here to start discovering, saving and planning your trips - all in one place.