Things to do in Broome: Family edition!

Things to do in Broome: Family edition!
March 15, 2022 AOC
Things to do in Broome for families

Boasting turquoise waters, a rich history and a warm tropical climate, it’s no wonder Broome WA is such a popular holiday destination. There’s no shortage of things to do, see and experience in this bustling tourist town in the Kimberley region

Broome is the perfect place for a family getaway, with plenty of attractions to keep the whole family busy and entertained. Let’s take a look at some of the best things to do in Broome for families!

Dolphin Cruise

Soak up the scenery of Broome’s beautiful coastline from the comfort of an Absolute Ocean Charters Roebuck Bay Sunset Dolphin Cruise. Get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures like never before, and experience firsthand some of the world’s most stunning sunsets from the water. The unique Snubfin dolphin isn’t the only animal you’ll see – the kids will love pointing out the sea turtles, sea snakes and other wildlife they spot.

Our qualified marine biologist on-board will provide commentary and be able to answer all the questions you and the little ones have about the local flora and fauna surrounding Broome. There’s plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained, with chances to win prizes at the end of the cruise. 

If you can’t get enough of being out on the water, why not also book in for a whale watching cruise? Our whale watching charters are suitable for the whole family, with onboard activities to keep the little ones entertained while you watch the majestic humpback whales breaching and playing.

Dolphin Cruise

Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park

See the giant saltwater crocodiles at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park, and experience the excitement of feeding time during the famous daily feeding tour. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to hold a baby crocodile! 

The kids will love getting to see the other animals in the park as well, including birds, wallabies, snakes and lizards. 

Check out the shop museum which houses an impressive display of the forty years Malcolm Douglas spent producing his adventure films.

Sun Pictures Cinema

Steeped in history, the Sun Pictures Cinema is the world’s oldest picture gardens still in operation. Visit during the day to appreciate the old architecture and history of the place, or visit in the evening so the whole family can soak up the experience of watching a movie beneath the stars. With a unique twist from the usual movie theatre, the Sun Pictures will be an experience you and the kids won’t forget!

Staircase to the Moon at Town Beach

For a few nights of the month between March and November a natural phenomenon occurs across the exposed tidal flats at Roebuck Bay. As the moon rises, you can witness a stunning staircase illusion occurring before your eyes. The times and dates for Staircase to the Moon are listed online, and it’s an experience that needs to be seen to be believed. 

Bring the family down to Town Beach, as it’s a great place from which to experience Staircase to the Moon. Make sure you check out the Moon Markets, and enjoy some culinary delights and locally made wares.

Whale Watching Broome

Cable Beach

Take the kids down to Cable Beach for a paddle or a swim. The picturesque white sand and turquoise water offer an ideal backdrop for family photos, and it’s the perfect spot for a sandcastle building contest. Once you’ve all had a dip, why not walk a few metres from the sand and have some lunch and ice creams.

If you want warm, dry days and typical holiday/swimming weather when you’re visiting Broome, the dry season is the best time to visit (the dry season is from May to October, the wet season from November to April). In addition, Cable Beach has lifeguards on duty during the dry season. With that being said – there is no ‘wrong time’ to visit Broome! Make sure Cable Beach is on your to-see list whenever you visit. 

The world-famous camel rides along Cable Beach are a must. Kids younger than 4 can sit on the lap of a parent so the whole family can enjoy the experience of plodding along Cable Beach on the back of a camel as the sun sets.

Dinosaur Footprints

A family trip to Broome would not be complete without seeing some of the dinosaur footprints scattered along the coast of the Dampier Peninsula. The kids will be delighted with the chance to follow in the footsteps of real dinosaurs! And it’s a great chance for the children to learn about the different types of dinosaurs that once roamed Western Australia. 

The prints date back some 130 million years and are a phenomenal sight to behold. One of the best places to see the prints is at Gantheaume Point, but make sure you visit at low tide under 2m. Ensure the kids take great care, as the rocks can be slippery. There are moulds of the footprints in an easier to reach location for the little ones, and other prints are visible at Cable Beach, Entrance Point and Reddell Beach during low tide. 

There’s plenty of things to do in Broome for families, with endless activities and attractions to fill the itinerary. As well as ticking off all the exciting to-do’s on your Broome bucket list, make sure you allow yourselves a chance to relax, unwind and get onto ‘Broome time’!

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