Broome was originally founded in the late 1880’s as a pearling port. Lured by the promise to make their fortune, Broome welcomed a diverse range of peoples including Malay, Chinese, Japanese, Koepanger and European. All these cultures, together with the local indigenous people, have combined to create a diverse and exotic town that today boasts a population of around 15,000.
Broome has a colourful history dominated by the pearling trade. However, the riches from the pearl beds did not come cheap and the town’s Japanese cemetery is the resting place of many divers who lost their lives working in the industry. Broome was also attacked by Japanese aircraft in March 1942 resulting in 88 deaths. Shaped by a turbulent history Broome is now a mix of the old and the new. Chinatown’s historical buildings and the beautiful Kimberley architecture mix to create a vibrant modern town. The diversity has also created a fantastic blend of wonderful local style cuisine and unique characters.
Cable Beach is situated 6kms from Broome Township. The township itself provides many of shopping options, together with many art galleries and pearl showrooms. Broome’s famous Cable Beach is a 22km stretch of pure white sand, turquoise water, set against spectacular Indian Ocean sunsets. Cable Beach with its gentle rolling waves is perfect for swimming, sunbathing and sunsets.
If you are wishing to have a beach holiday in Broome, then a 5 to 7 night stay at Cable Beach is a perfect duration. Broome also offers many other attractions. Visit Gantheaume Point to see dinosaur footprints reputed to be 130 million years old, take in a movie at the longest running outdoor cinema in the world – Sun Pictures or visit the pearl stores in Chinatown.
Staircase to the Moon markets are held on many of the Staircase to the Moon dates at Town Beach. The Broome Courthouse Market is also held on each Saturday morning and Sunday mornings between April and October.
For more information about the wider Kimberley region, including driving distances, calendar of events and school holiday dates, please see our Kimberley Guide.
Luxury Escapes in Broome
Broome accommodation offers luxury escapes with accommodation options from luxury resorts, spacious apartments and boutique style hotels.
The best known of the Broome accommodation is Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. The only resort located with views of spectacular Cable Beach, it is a unique blend of cultural influences and architecture. The resort is perfect for couples, families and groups alike.
The Cable Beach area of Broome also offers great family properties in Seashells Resort and Oaks Cable Beach. Bali Hai Resort & Spa provides superb Asian styled accommodation and The Billi, is a unique property set amongst lush gardens under an enormous canopy of trees.
Broome Township is situated 6kms from Cable Beach. The two areas are linked by a half hourly bus service (approx. $3 per trip) providing easy access to both town & beach. Taxis are also a convenient option to travel around Broome.
Broome township accommodation offers some superb options from the charm of the century old pearling masters home; McAlpine House, the Oaks Broome with contemporary hotel rooms and self-contained apartments to Moonlight Bay Suites which provides spectacular views over Roebuck Bay.
If you are wishing to have a beach holiday in Broome then a 5 to 7 night stay on the Cable Beach side of Broome is the perfect position and duration. For those wishing to take in the indigenous art galleries, Chinatown & the centrally located markets then Broome Township provides a fantastic alternative.
Venture out of Broome to stay at the spectacular eco resort Eco Beach, just over one & half hours drive south. Or go north 3 hours to the wilderness style luxury camp Kooljaman at Cape Leveque. Both properties offer a unique experience and a perfect extension to your stay in Broome.