Broome and Beyond

The coastal town of Broome is located on a peninsula and oozes the charm and character one would expect from a seaside destination. Regarded as the southern gateway to the famous Kimberley region, Broome is a city of stark contrasts and one that seemingly never fails to intrigue and delight the senses.

This one-of-a-kind destination can be found 2200 kilometres north of the capital city of Perth, making it a secluded town that seems a million miles away from everything.

Originally founded in the 1880's as a pearling port, the history here is a rich one that is largely reminiscent of days gone by. Pearl production is still going strong here and this is one of the area's major draw cards.

Broome's Pearling Lugger Experience is a must-do attraction while in the area. Embark on a sunset sail or champagne brunch sail, and absorb the beauty of Broome's coastline. Sail on the authentic 106-year-old wooden lugger and discover the rich pearling history of this area. Be sure to visit the gift shop to take your own pearl of Broome home with you.

As the town is situated on a peninsula, it is surrounded by water on three sides. One of these sides is comprised primarily of the famous Cable Beach; an impressive 22 kilometre-long beach of pristine white sand. Cable Beach is most famous for its epic sunsets, which simply cannot be missed.

Venture in a south direction along the beach and you will eventually come across a rocky outcrop that is known as Gantheaume Point. This remarkable area is home to dinosaur footprints that age some 120 million years, however these can only be viewed at certain tide times so be sure to check at the local information centre beforehand.

Another popular beach in the area is Redell Beach, which boasts pindan cliffs, hidden caves and tidal rock pools. This spot is fantastic for some coastal exploration and is also ideal for the kids.

Roebuck Bay is another of Broome's fabulous natural attractions and is home to some incredible wildlife, including hundreds of birds. If you are visiting during the cooler months you will be in for a treat with the "Staircase to the Moon". This spectacular natural phenomenon is created by the rise of the full moon reflecting off the tidal flats of the bay, and simply cannot be missed.

As mentioned previously, Broome is also regarded as the southern gateway to the Kimberley Region. The Kimberley region is one of the remotest, wildest and most beautiful regions on earth. Venture along the Gibb River Road, get lost in the Bungle Bungles, feel refreshed under the Mitchell Falls and simply take it easy at Cape Leveque. This is one region you will not want to simply pass by on your travels in this Great Southern Land.

Broome truly is a place where the desert meets the sea. The dramatic contrasts between white sands, red rocks and cobalt blue waters create a blend of intriguing and beautiful landscapes that will capture your heart and make you never wish to leave.

Christine Barton

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