Broome Australia

Broome Australia is a remote but great place to visit.

Broome is a small town but it is the largest one in the remote Kimberley region in Western Australia. It is amazingly colourful, with the bluest ocean that meets the reddest outback; and it has got some interesting pearling history and the world famous Cable Beach.

Below is some information about Broome attractions, and in the end of the page is accommodation, and a map of Broome.
Camel Rides on Beach, Broome, Western Australia
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Pearling History in Broome Australia

Broome was established in the late 1800s after local pastoralists had found the giant pearl oyster that grows in the ocean waters around this coast, and realised that collecting pearl shells would pay better than farming sheep. Chinese, Japanese and other nationalities heard about the opportunities and started arriving to the area. Pearling has since been improved by the introduction of the old hard-hat diving suit, and later, in the 1970s, the modern Hookah gear. Pearling is still a vibrant industry in the area, producing some of the best pearls in the world. You can learn more about it at the Pearl Luggers and the Willie Creek Pearl Farm.

Boat Moored Offshore at Broome, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia, Pacific
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Attractions of Broome Australia
All these Chinese and Japanese left behind some history. Broome hasn’t only got a Chinatown, its town centre is the Chinatown. The streets of the town centre that once were lined by pearl sheds, now have pubs, billiard saloons and Chinese restaurants. Chinatown Markets are held in Johnnie Chi Lane on Sunday mornings during the Dry Season. Right next to the markets is the Sun Pictures – the world’s oldest open-air cinema, which still operates with original seats where you can watch the latest movies.

Sun Pictures in Broome, Opened in 1916, Oldest Operating Outdoor Picture Theatre in the World
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Attractions of Broome Australia
South of the Chinatown is the Town Beach area where there is the Historical Society Museum. In the Town Beach/Apex Park there is a picnic area with barbeques, and at the low tide you can walk 1km to see the boat wrecks that were bombed by Japanese during the WWII. A popular event on the Town Beach is the Staircase to the Moon, when the rising moon reflects on the water at low tide between March and October. A lot of people bring their chairs and watch it with a drink or a few; and during the event there are the Staircase Markets with food stalls where you can have a dinner.

The Bay, Broome, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
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Pearling History in Broome Australia
West from the town centre, where Frederick Street turns south towards the port, is the turnoff to Cable Beach Road. Across the road from the turnoff are a Japanese and a Chinese Cemetey with 900 graves. South of the cemeteries are the Nulungu College and the Notre Dame University.

Monument to Japanese Pearl Fishermen, Broome, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia, Pacific
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Port of Broome Australia
Continue driving south from here along the Port Drive and you come to the Port - a colourful area with red soils and blue waters, two boat ramps and the Deep Water Jetty – an excellent place to fish. Here is also the Manbana Aquaculture Hatchery & Discovery Centre. North-west of the port is Redell Beach – a beautiful beach with red cliffs, particularly colourful at sunset.

Rock Forms, Broome, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia, Pacific
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Cable Beach of Broome Australia
If you turn north from the Japanese and Chinese Cemeteries, the Cable Beach Road takes you to the world-famous Cable Beach. The beach itself is gorgeous and you can hire different gear including umbrellas and deck chairs from the Beach Hut at the Lifesaving Club.

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Overlooking the beach is the Cable Beach Sandbar & Grill (Zanders). Across the road from the beach is the exclusive Cable Beach Club Resort (with some great views from the Cable Beach Sunset Bar); and the Broome Crocodile Park. Broome Half Day Tour includes the famous sunset Camel Safari. You can also buy the popular Broome Sightseeing Pass and do it all while saving time and money ;-)

Mountain Bikes and Cable Beach, Broome
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Tours Outside Broome Australia
Outside the town is the Broome Bird Observatory where you can enjoy the birdlife on walking tracks. But you can also get further out of town even if you are just visiting Broome and haven't got your own transport.

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There are tours that take you to some of the best places in the remote and beautiful Kimberley area -
to Cape Leveque, Windjana Gorge and Geikie Gorge (or both!). This is a great way to see the best of the Kimberley while visiting Broome!

Eastern Curlew (Numenius Madagascariens) at Roebuck Bay Near Broome, Australia
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Broome Accommodation

There is a fair bit of different kinds of accommodation in Broome.

Here are the options: Bali Hai Resort, Bayside Holiday Apartments, Beaches of Broome 
Backpackers, Blue Seas Resort, Broome Oasis B&B, Broome Town B&B, Cable Beach Club Resort, Cable Beachside Resort, Cable Court B&B, Captains by the Bay Apartments, Coco Eco B&B, Divers Bell B&B, Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat Hotel, Frangipani Cable Beach Apartments, Mangrove Resort, McAlpine House Guest Rooms, Mercure Inn Continental, Moonlight Bay Suites, Oaks Apartments, Ocean Lodge, Old Broome Guesthouse, Pinctada Cable Beach Resort, Reflexions B&B, Rendezvous Sanctuary Resort, Seashells Resort, The Pearle of Cable Beach Hotel, Tropicana Inn, and Windmill Lodge Retreat.

Cable Beach Intercontinental Resort, Broome, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia, Pacific
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Here's a map of Broome Australia, where I have tagged the places that I mentioned on this web page. You can click on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.

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