Blessed with beautiful blue skies and warm weather almost all year long, and surrounded by clean white sand and sparkling aquamarine water, Broome is a small coastal town located on the edges of the Kimberly region in Western Australia, facing the Indian Ocean.
Apart from the town’s natural charm, Broome also has a rich and fascinating history - the Japanese attacked this part of Australia four times during the Second World War.
These days, Broome is one of Australia’s fastest growing towns, with a population of 15,000 that swells to just over 45,000 during the busiest tourist months.
Apart from swimming in stunning Cable Beach, or checking out the migratory birdlife that visit Roebuck Bay, travellers to this gorgeous part of Western Australia can spend their time feasting on exquisite seafood at one of the town’s numerous restaurants and cafés, or grabbing a drink or two at one of the many bars and pubs in town.
Cruise ships dock at a jetty just off the southern tip of the peninsula. A free shuttle bus service takes passengers into town and drops them off at the Broome Visitor Centre.
There are no real facilities at the jetty in Broome. Passengers are advised to board the free shuttle bus service into town that drops them off at the Visitor Centre. Once at the Visitor Centre, passengers can take advantage of a number of facilities.
- Public toilets.
There are numerous taxis in town that can take you to most attractions in and around Broome. Alternatively, it’s also possible to rent a car for the day at one of the many car hire booking offices.
How To Get Around
Passengers can take a free shuttle bus from the port to the Visitor Centre in town – the ride takes about 10 minute. Once at the Visitor Centre, passengers can board a free shuttle bus to Cable Beach, or explore the town on foot.
It’s also possible to flag a taxi or hire a car for the day to explore the region. However, both should be pre-arranged before docking in Broome.
Travel times from the Visitor Centre:
- It is a 2 minute journey to the shopping centre and post office
- It is a 15 minute journey to the Broome Museum.
- It is a 30 minute journey to Cable Beach ($4 one-way per adult, or $10 for a day pass).
- It is a 10 minute journey to Cable Beach ($10 taxi fare)
- It is a 20 minute journey to the Malcolm Douglas Wildlife Park (A taxi here should cost just over $30).
- Currency - The local currency in Broome is the Australian dollar. Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 denominations, while notes come in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations.
- Time Zone - Broome is on Australian Western Standard Time (AWST). It is 8 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather - Broome enjoys a tropical climate with hot and humid summers, and mild winters. The average temperature between October and April is around 33 degrees Celsius. Between May and September, the temperature averages around 27 degrees Celsius. Tropical cyclones are most common in January and February, which is also the time the region sees the most rainfall.
- Camel Safari at Cable Beach - Watch the sun gently set for the day while riding a camel along Broome’s stunning Cable Beach. Easily one of the most popular things to do in Broome, a camel safari is a unique experience that you won’t forget too soon. Safaris start at around $40 per person depending on the length of the tour. Early morning and evening safaris make for the best photo opportunities.
- Broome Museum - Spend the day learning all about the fascinating history of this part of Australia with a visit to the small – but exhibit-packed – Broome Museum. Open from 10am most days of the week, entry is $5 for adults and $1 for children aged 12 to 17 years. Children under 12 years of age get in free.
- Malcolm Douglas Wildlife Park - Only a short 15 minute drive North East of Broome, you can get up close and personal with saltwater crocodiles, dingoes, kangaroos and a whole host of wildlife at the Malcolm Douglas Wildlife Park. Open every day of the year, bar Christmas day, tickets start at $20 per person. Don’t miss the daily crocodile feeding at 3pm.