In the 1870s, pearl fishermen discovered the rich waters of Roebuck Bay. A decade later, Broome was founded as a base for the pearl trade and was soon described as "the pearling capital of the world." Japanese, Chinese and Aborigine divers toiled in arduous, dangerous labor to harvest oysters from the seabed. For all its importance to the pearling industry, Broome remained a remote outpost on Australia's Kimberley Coast until its discovery as a travel destination. The legacy of its pearling days can be seen in the town's colorful mix of 19th- and early 20th century buildings. Broome also boasts Cable Beach - a 13-mile strand of white-sand that stretches along the azure waters of the Indian Ocean.
Pirate William Dampier was the first European to visit Western Australia. Dampier, who circumnavigated the globe three times, landed near Broome in 1688 and again in 1699.
Broome's Chinatown is a window into the city's 19th-century pearling industry. Within Pearl Luggers Museum you can see two restored luggers, or large ships that once acquired pearls from the ocean.
Romantic as pearling may seem it was a dangerous profession. The Japanese Cemetery is the final resting place for over 900 Japanese divers who gave their lives in pursuit of the glamorous and elusive pearl.
A former general store, this museum now houses the Broome Historical Society's photographs and memorabilia, offering a glimpse into Broome's One Day War, Aboriginal life and the pearling industry.
Craggy and unusual red rock formations overlook the azure waters at postcard-perfect Gantheaume Point, where you can view fossilized 130-million-year old dinosaur footprints at low tide.
With over 13 miles of white sand and turquoise water, world famous Cable Beach is an ideal location to swim or sunbathe, or simply just to watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Willie Creek Pearl Farm
This protected tidal estuary is famous for growing the Pinctada Maxima oyster that produces the world-renowned South Sea Pearl. A tour guide demonstrates the delicate process of seeding a live oyster shell.
A popular attraction on beautiful Cable Beach, adventurers mount a gentle "ship of the desert" then embark on a caravan ride along miles of white sand and through the Indian Ocean's turquoise waters.
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
Established as a research center and home to crocodiles that have been caught and relocated to the park, including Australia's saltwater giants, which can reach over 19 feet long and weigh over 2,200 pounds.
Enjoy a leisurely, narrated tour of Broome from your air conditioned coach. You will see Chinatown and the landmark Sun Picture Theater, Captain Gregory's House, the Broome Historical Museum and Mangrove Point with stops at Pioneer Park, the Japanese Cemetery and Scenic Outlook.
Enjoy a narrated scenic drive through Broome riding on a double-decker bus. While your guide shares the city's rich and fascinating history, sit back and soak up the sun as your bus winds its way through the streets of Chinatown. Once filled with saloons, boarding houses, pool halls and pubs during the late 1800s, today it's a bustling community of pearl showroom, galleries, and cafés. You will also pass Sun Picture Theater, the Broome Historical Museum, the old jail, Captain Gregory's House, and the Pearl Luggers Museum. Your photo opportunities include Pioneer Park, which overlooks Broome's original jetty, the site of a Japanese air attack during World War II. Another photo opportunity is the Japanese Cemetery. A poignant reminder of the dangers of pearling, the cemetery is the final resting place for over 900 Japanese divers. At the end of your tour, the bus will return you to the pier.
Climb on-board our air-conditioned coach tour to explore Broome as only the locals know it. In this 3-hour tour you will see the very essence of Broome. See the particular natural beauty including the famous Cable Beach, learn about the town's diverse history and culture with a visit to the Japanese and Chinese cemetery and extended time at Broome Historical Museum. Discover how the world-famous South Sea Australian Pearl is cultivated and harvested on your guided tour of Cygnet Bay Pearling Pioneers Exhibition.
Discover the fascinating world of pearl farming on a scenic tour of Willie Creek Pearl Farm. Upon arrival, your guide will share the secrets of how these rare and beautiful cultured pearls are produced. You will also learn how to evaluate the luster, shape and value of individual pearls and see how oysters are seeded. After the demonstration, you will climb aboard a boat for a tour of the oyster beds. Under these waters is the breeding ground for the famous Pinctada Maxima oyster, which is the only oyster that produces South Sea pearls. This oyster can grow up to a foot in diameter and can produce a lustrous pearl ranging from 9 millimeters to 20 millimeters. Before returning to the ship, you will have a chance to visit the showroom to see exquisite handmade jewelry featuring Broome pearls, diamonds and Western Australian gold.
This once-in-a-lifetime adventure begins when you board your motorcoach and travel across Broome to Cable Beach. Once you arrive, your guide will meet you and introduce you to your friendly and well-trained ship of the desert. After climbing onto your camel (each camel carries two riders), you will join a caravan for an exciting, unbelievable stroll along the beach. Washed clean everyday by the massive tides that ebb and flow, the perfectly flat beach offers a safe and enjoyable experience. As you embark on your approximate 30-minute trek you'll marvel at the red sandstone cliffs, which stand in stark contrast to the 13 miles of sparkling white sand that stretches along the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Before you head back to the pier, high quality, professional photographs of your caravan ride and other souvenirs are available for purchase.
Check out Broome on board a 3 seater trike, sights include Chinatown, historic Streeters Jetty, Broome's Micro Brewery, Pearlers Row, Broom's oldest pub, Sheba Lane, the Pioneer Cemetery, Ganthaeume Point, Kennedy Hill and Cable Beach.
Explore lovely Cable Beach on one of the world's great vacation experiences: a camel safari at sunset! Join your knowledgeable handler/guide for an easy half-day excursion aboard a gangly but lovable camel. You'll feel as though you've journeyed back in time as your caravan sets off for an ambling, 3 mph ride along the gently lapping shores of the Indian Ocean. From your unique perch atop the camel, you'll have a spectacular view of the passing scenery. Gaze out upon the pristine water, shimmering white sand, and the distinctive "pindan" terrain of Western Australia with its rugged red-rock cliffs. As the blazing sun dips below the horizon and melts into the endless sea, take the time to fully saver the wonder of the moment. For soon it will be time to bid a fond farewell to the charming, cud-chewing creature with which you shared the adventure of a lifetime.
Experience the natural wonders of Broome's coastline on a paddle adventure. Take time to discover the amazing marine environment where you have a chance to spot a turtle from your kayak. You will paddle from the southern end of the world famous Cable Beach, you explore Broome's turquoise waters and amazing rock formations. Stop off halfway for a refreshing swim, cool drinks and beach snacks. A popular and fun trip for all ages.
See the sites of Broome from the sky! Enjoy a 30 minute scenic flight over Cable Beach, China Town, Dampier Creek, Gantheaume Point, Broome Port & Willie Creek. You may even spot a whale or two in the season. Truly the best seat in town for viewing the sites of Broome!
Enjoy an incredible full day adventure to view the Horizontal Falls, Buccaneer Archipelago and the magnificent Dampier Peninsula Coastline from the sky! This scenic flight will take you over one of the greatest wonders of the natural world, the famous Horizontal Falls, includes a tour of Australia's oldest working Pearl Farm, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, and a delightful lunch at Cygnet Bay Restaurant. Guaranteed the best viewing to see the colours and wonders of the Kimberley!