Broome is among one of the most beautiful spots in Western Australia, with stunning white sand beaches, clear tranquil waters, tropical climate and a rich history. It’s a popular holiday destination for tourists near and far, with all the endless tour options to keep you and the whole family busy, entertained and relaxed.
Planning a trip to sunny Broome and not sure what to include in your itinerary? Here are our top 10 things to do in Broome WA:
Go Whale Watching with Absolute Ocean Charters
Make the most of pristine waters teeming with wildlife, with Absolute Ocean Whale Watching Cruises. We offer a spectacular cruise where you are guaranteed to see the majestic Humpback whales as they migrate along the Kimberley coast. Relax in comfort on day beds and watch the whales breaching and teaching their calves to swim – and you might also spot some sea turtles and dolphins!
A large deck with a separate viewing platform offers unparalleled views, so you can get up close and personal with these striking creatures no matter which side they are on. A qualified marine biologist will be onboard to answer all your questions, and the kids will be engrossed with extra whale activities to keep them entertained.
Transport to and from your accommodation is complimentary so there’s nothing else to organise, and refreshments will be served on board!
Camel Rides on Cable Beach
No doubt you’ve seen the iconic Broome photos – a sunset camel ride on picturesque Cable Beach. An absolute must-do for those visiting Broome, there are currently three companies that offer tourist rides on these gentle giants.
Once atop your camel, your tour guide will lead you for a walk along Cable Beach, sharing stories and interesting facts about the Broome region. Learn the name of your camel, and hear about their unique personalities! Choose a morning, afternoon or sunset camel ride depending on your schedule.
Staircase to the Moon
A truly spectacular natural phenomenon, photos simply do no justice – you have to witness Staircase to the Moon for yourself. Only occurring for 2-3 days a month between March and October, Staircase to the Moon results as a full moon rises over the tidal flats at Roebuck Bay, creating the illusion of – as the name suggests – a staircase leading to the moon.
Largely described as the best viewing point for Staircase to the Moon is Town Beach, but the full-moon event at The Mangrove Hotel Resort is always popular, and another great place to watch the Staircase.
Staircase to the Moon markets take place at Town Beach, so make sure you pay a visit to see local entertainers, buy handmade products and sample international cuisine.
Fishing Charter with Absolute Ocean Charters
With your choice of a half or full day fishing charter, these tours are a great way of getting out onto the water and seeing what fishing is like in this rich, gorgeous part of the world. All your equipment will be supplied, so you can sit back and make the most of fishing the stunning blue waters.
We here at Absolute Ocean Charters will supply eskies for your catch, as well as refreshments and complimentary transport to and from your accommodation. Reef fishing charters are exciting and fast-paced so it will keep everyone entertained, including the kids, with lots of different species to be spotted.
Step back in time to the Cretaceous period, and visit the tracks of up to seven different dinosaur species. The kids (and adults alike!) will be delighted to see dinosaur footprints that have been around for up to 130 million years.
The prints can be found scattered around Roebuck Bay and Gantheaume Point, and can be reached on foot depending on the tides.
Flying Boat Wrecks
At very low tide at Town Beach, it’s possible to spot the wrecks of Catalina and Dornier flying boats which were attacked and brought down during WWII. At low tide, six wrecks are visible, the rest submerged in deep water.
It’s possible to reach the wrecks on foot during low tide. It takes about 30 minutes to walk to the wrecks, and remember to take care as it is a Heritage listed site and an important part of Australian aviation history. The mud can be pretty sticky, so make sure you wear appropriate footwear!
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
With some of the largest crocodiles on display in Australia, visit Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park to see the big reptiles up close. Witness croc feeding every day, and learn about the animals the late Malcolm Douglas dedicated his life to. Other reptiles, birds and animals such as dingoes and kangaroos can be found here, and the kids will love the chance to hold a baby crocodile. Located only 15 minutes outside of Broome, this is a must-see on your Broome adventure.
See a film at Sun Pictures
Sun Pictures is the oldest operating open air picture theatre in the world. Deck chairs invite you to relax beneath the stars, enjoying a movie with the family. The first movie here was shown in 1906, so this building (though restored over time) is steeped in history and nostalgia. It maintains a ‘rustic’ sort of vibe, with character weathered tin roofs giving you an idea of how it might have felt to see a film here in the early twentieth century.
Broome Courthouse Markets
In the beautiful, heritage listed gardens at Broome Courthouse are popular markets, hosting up to 115 stalls at its busiest during the Dry Season. Running every Saturday year-round, as well as Sunday’s from April-October, you are sure to find something here to delight you and each member of your family. With locally handmade clothing, homewares, food, refreshments, and local entertainment, there is something for everyone. First started over 25 years ago, the Courthouse Markets are a popular tourist attraction for those wanting to get a look at all the creative wares on offer.
Visit Matso’s Brewery
Visit the home of iconic Matso’s Ginger Beer. With an award-winning restaurant, Matso’s Brewery boasts views over Roebuck Bay and is a favourite spot for locals and tourists alike. A large outdoor area provides heaps of seating, and they are very family-friendly. Ask the wonderful staff for their recommendations on which wine or beer to pair with your meal!
There’s no shortage of things to do and see in incredible Broome, but these are just our top picks to pop onto your itinerary for your next trip!