Refrain from just dropping anchor in town, feasting on delicious cuisine alfresco, sampling craft beer, and shopping for pearls. Broome’s streets may be paved with luxe pearl shops, hip cafes, and night markets, but some of Western Australia’s best and most incredible spots are nearby. And they demand a jaunt out of town in your motorhome hire.
Broome is an ideal gateway to the spectacular, untrammelled Kimberly region, and there are many epic odysseys to be had. From sun-dappled beaches to a unique natural event and submerged dinosaur tracks, here are five of the best sights to see during your holiday in Broome.
Perhaps there’s no better display of nature’s power in the Kimberly region than the aptly named Horizontal Falls. The Horries are a massive, powerful current passing through a 25 metre wide break in the McLarty Range rather than an actual waterfall, and are an impressive natural wonder to be reckoned with. And they’re only a quick seaplane trip from Broome.
Many have tested its power by riding through the frantic waters on a jet boat, which is incredibly thrilling especially when combined with an activity involving sharks—feeding or even swimming. The less dauntless, however, can take the scenic, airborne route, which offers a stunning, bird’s eye view of the falls.
Staircase to the Moon
You need not go too far from town for a mesmerising and unique phenomenon, however. Simply make your way to Town Beach during a full moon, and you will be treated to an optical illusion you might find difficult to witness anywhere else. Between the months of March and October, the full moon rising over the horizon casts a reflection off the tidal flats of Roebuck Bay, creating a fascinating staircase effect.
The scene is certainly worth pulling over for, but as it draws big crowds (and Town Beach itself is a popular place), it might be a good idea to secure a spot early on. Also, bring your camera, and meander around the Staircase Market.
Gantheaume Point is one of Western Australia’s most popular sights, and certainly one of its most stunning. You cannot deny the irresistible contrast between the breathtaking blue of the Indian Ocean and the red rocky bluff that watch over it. If that isn’t enough, the low tide also reveals dinosaur footprints that are said to be more than 130 millions years old.
Make a day trip out of it as there are a number of things to do: take landscape photos, hunt for the footprints in the littoral zone, dip your feet in Anastasia’s Pool, see the skeletal steel lighthouse, and maybe squeeze in a bit of fishing. Stay long enough to witness the sunset, which is amazing in these parts.
Broome Bird Observatory
For an educational sort of visit, the Broome Bird Observatory about 20 kilometres east of town is yearning to be explored. The not for profit scientific and recreational facility is home to the local and migratory birds of Roebuck Bay. More than 325 species consider it their home, either permanent or temporary. In fact, it has the highest diversity of migratory shorebirds in the country. There’s no better place to see many different species and their breeding grounds.
Visitors have the options to take tours and attend workshops, as well as stay the night or for a few days as a self-contained chalet, some guest rooms, and campsites are available onsite.
The 22-kilometre white sand stretch of Cable Beach, only five minutes west of Broome, may be a popular tourist spot for swimming and sunning, but it’s certainly still worth a visit. There are a number of things to do, whether it’s sitting at a café for a lovely lunch, exploring the little rock pools, taking a refreshing dip in the calm water, or people watching (be ready to avert your eyes as there might be nudists around).
The top activity might just be riding a camel on the beach at sunset. A camel safari on Cable Beach is undeniably exquisite and romantic, especially with the technicoloured sky as your background.