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25 Dreamy Things To Do In Broome Aside From Slam Mango Daiquiris All Day

By Claire Logan
11th Jul 2023

Need a bit of R&R? There really is no better place than Broome—the gateway to Western Australia’s breathtaking Kimberley region. 

White sandy beaches, warm nights, dreamy sunsets and palm trees galore. Broome is big on tropical vibes and the ideal spot to knock back daiquiris by the pool.

But when you're ready to hop out of your cabana, there's plenty of other awesome things to do in Broome.

From exploring its rich and fascinating history and soaking up seriously breathtaking natural sights to the endless on-water adventures to be had—there's an activity to suit every type of traveller.

Pair all that with a buzzing food scene thanks to its vibrant pan-Asian influence and some cracking locally brewed bevvies—we reckon it’s a holiday everyone needs to do at least once.

When To Visit

Broome is tropical and can get super hot so prepare to sweat and spend the entire day in the pool if you time your visit wrong! 

The humid, wet season runs from November to April but during Broome’s winter (May to October) you’ll get dry, perfect summer-like days and cool evenings. Plus, don’t forget the staircase to the moon is only visible a few nights each month from March to October, so you’ll have to plan carefully if you want to catch it.

It’s also worth timing your trip with one of Broome’s awesome events. You can catch all the action of the Broome Cup in August and dine under the stars at Shinju Matsuri in September. 

Shinju Matsuri festival in Broome

Getting Around

Get a car or plan your activities around the shuttle bus or local bus timetable. Cabs are expensive and can be unreliable. The local bus is great and the bus driver may even give you a history lesson at the same time.

Also, Broome Time is a real thing. Everyone is super laid-back and shops will often open and close at different times than they advertise. It’s best to just relax and go with the flow.

The Best Things To Do

  • Before you do anything, check into your dreamy accom. The iconic Cable Beach Club Resort is our pick, but there are plenty of other top places to stay in Broome.

  • Time your trip and catch the staircase to the moon over a few cocktails at The Mangrove Hotel. Taking place two to three nights every month from March to October, the jaw-dropping natural phenomenon is seriously magic.

  • Join a Cable Beach cultural tour with Mabu Buru and learn all about Yawuru (pronounced ya-roo) culture and country before tracking down ancient dinosaur footprints.

Mabu Buru Aboriginal tour in Broome

  • Refuel at Good Cartel, a cool drive through cafe with some of Broome’s best coffee, banging burgers and wholesome bowls. Or head to our other fave coffee spot, Little Local, and enjoy brunch in their relaxing garden.

  • Fill your tote bag with local gifts and art while filling your tummy with all the food stall eats at the Courthouse Markets. It’s on every Saturday and Sunday.

  • Lock in a bucket list adventure to Horizontal Falls. There’s a couple ways to see it, depending on your budget, but this luxe overnight houseboat stay is unmatched.

Horizontal Falls near Broome

  • Cruise across Roebuck Bay and into the mangroves to try your hand at mud crabbing. The Kimberly Mud Crab is some of the best. 

  • Set sail along Broome’s pristine coastline at sunset onboard a historical pearl lugger or this contemporary catamaran. Both are bliss, especially with a cold cocktail in hand.

  • Grab a scoop of goodness from Kuld Creamery’s ice cream van. They’ll be parked up at Guwarri Town Beach and trading Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm to 6pm.

  • Tick off an iconic camel ride along Cable Beach at sunrise or sunset. 

Camel rides in Broome

  • Head out to Gantheaume Point to see the marvellous red rocks and striking blue water. If you time it right with the tides (a constant challenge), you can find some very ‘grammable rockpools here too.

  • Experience the region’s pan-Asian flavour at The Aarli and then work your way through all the top restaurants in Broome.

  • Get up close and personal with migrating humpback whales who pass by Broome from late June to early September on a whale watching tour.

  • Sip through the flavours of Broome at Matso’s Brewery and Moontide Distillery

Moontide distillery in Broome

  • Visit the famous Malcolm Douglas Croc Park and learn all about the region's mighty saltwater crocodiles.

  • Treat yourself to a romantic dinner date at Cichetti Club, the charming Italian restaurant within Cable Beach Club Resort. Or keep it simple with takeaway pasta from Food Lab. Both are excellent.

  • Catch an outdoor flick at the world’s oldest operating open-air theatre.

  • Spend a couple nights glamping at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. A two hour drive north, this is the ideal spot to relax in the gorg beachfront infinity pool and learn all about Broome’s pearling history.

Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm near Broome

  • Head to Zookeepers by Spinifex Brewing Co for beer paddles, tasty share plates and a buzzing atmosphere.

  • Grab a beach umbrella and sun lounge from the little Beach Hut and spend a day at the beach.

  • Go for dinner at Zanders—one of the best spots to catch a sunset in all of Broome.

  • Spend the day sinking cocktails by the beach at Broome’s answer to Bali’s beach clubs: the Bay Club

The Bay Club in Broome

  • Sign up for a cheeky night of Drag Bingo at The Roey with the fabulously fierce Jessica James. It’s on every Wednesday night.

  • Immerse yourself in Broome’s dynamic creative scene and gallery hop the day away on an art tour.

  • Familiarise yourself with the rich history of Broome on a relaxed town tour

Image credit: Tourism Western Australia, Shinju Matsuri, Tristan McKenzie, Moontide Distillery, The Mangrove Hotel

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