Broome is a desirable destination for many visitors, particularly when it’s cooler in other parts of Australia. The best time to visit is during winter in Australia or between June to August. It’s hard to find a better place in Australia with the weather this perfect. Broome is a remote destination in Western Australia, yet there is so much to see and do. We’ve listed the best things to do in Broome to ensure you have the best time ever.
One of the best things to do in Broome – Do nothing and relax on beautiful Cable Beach
Relaxing on Cable Beach is one of our favourite things to do in Broome. It’s also free, which is always a win. Not to mention this is one of the most famous beaches in Australia. Bring a good book, an esky filled with cold drinks, and some lunch, and chill out for the day.
Note: There is an option to hire an umbrella and lounge chairs if you wish.
2) Horizontal Falls
Experiencing Horizontal Falls is one of the bucket-list tours for those wanting to enjoy the best of the Kimberley region. The Falls are an extraordinary natural phenomenon on the coast where tidal flows cause waterfalls on the rise and fall of each tide. There are a few choices of tours on offer to experience this for yourself.
TIP: Book early! This tour sells out months in advance, especially if you plan to visit during the high season in Broome (late May to early September).
3) Take a Sunset Cruise
A sunset cruise – the perfect way to end another day in Broome.
Finish another fantastic day in Broome with a 3-hour sunset cruise aboard a catamaran. The cruise takes you along the stunning coastline from Broome, where all you need to do is relax onboard and enjoy the gorgeous views.
Canapes and tea/coffee will be provided. Unwind with a drink from the bar. There is an option to BYO if you wish, how good is that!
Keep your eye out for turtles and dolphins on the way.
4) Explore the Kimberley region on a small group adventure
There is nothing quite like exploring the Kimberley region with like-minded travellers and someone that can give you all the information and take care of logistics too. These are the most popular small group trips to discover the best of the Kimberleys – all you have to do is turn up and enjoy!
5) Visit Dinosaur Footprints at Gantheaume Point
Marty is comparing her footprint to one of the dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point.
Before visiting Broome, I had no idea that dinosaur footprints that date back over 120 million years can be seen here. These footprints are only visible at certain low tides, but they are so much fun to search for – and some of them are massive!
Dinosaur prints can be reached by foot at Gantheaume Point when tides are below 2.16m. Other prints are scattered around Roebuck Bay and Reddell Beach along the coast.
TIP: We discovered that dinosaur footprints are really quite difficult to find at Gantheaume Point. We met other visitors there who were also spending a lot of time searching for them without any luck. I’d recommend joining one of these amazing tours to ensure you get the most out of this awesome activity.
6) Go Fishing
Easily one of the best things to do in Broome – throw a line in and go fishing! A queenfish I caught from the Broome Jetty
The waters off the coast of Broome are prime for fishing. We had some fantastic days just fishing from the Broome Jetty, just near the Entrance. We caught a few large queenfish and trevally. Just keep an eye on the tides, we use Willy Weather App to track tides around the world.
I found the best fishing to be from the jetty around an hour before high tide and when the tide turns and goes back out again. Roebuck Bay is another good fishing place where you can catch mangrove Jack, barramundi and threadfin salmon. You can hire a boat or fish off the beach or jetty to try and catch your dinner.
A visit to Cape Leveque was one of my favourite and best things to do in Broome. The beach at Kooljaman Campground.
The journey to Cape Leveque used to be quite the journey. The unsealed 4WD tracks were bumpy and uneven. It could take up to 3 hours to reach Cape Leveque back then. However, the roads are now fully sealed, making the journey to Cape Leveque a much smoother and quicker ride. Expect a journey time of about 1.5 hours now.
You will need a 4WD to stay at Kooljamen campground at Cape Leveque
Note: If you wish to stay a few nights at the Kooljamen campsite at Cape Leveque, you will need a 4WD for this trip. Once you reach the turn-off for the campground (leaving the sealed roads behind), there is approximately 16km of 4WD heavy sand tracks to reach the campground. You will not make it in a standard 2WD vehicle.
We recommend a trip to Cape Leveque if you want to experience wild camping opportunities and some stunning secluded beaches. Go and explore Cape Leveque yourself (4WD required if you wish to spend a few days exploring) or check out these popular tour options.
Best Tours to Explore Cape Leveque
8) Willie Creek Pearl Farm
An easy drive, only 38km along the coastline north of Broome, Willie Creek Pearl Farm offers tours to show you exactly how pearls are farmed. The tour explains the process of pearl production and history is informative and entertaining. This tour has to be one of the best things to do in Broome. A great option for a family day trip from Broome if you have children too.
Staircase to the Moon in Broome is a natural phenomenon that occurs when a full moon rises over the exposed tidal flats of Roebuck Bay. The Staircase to the Moon happens 2 – 3 days every month between March and October. Everyone that we spoke to mentioned this is one of the best things to do in Broome, so we knew we had to see it.
We watched Staircase to the moon from Town Beach in Broome, a fantastic viewpoint. Another great place to watch it is from the Mangrove Hotel (also a great place to get a fabulous cocktail).
10) Visit Moontide Distillery
This boutique craft distillery in Broome is worth the visit if you love gin! These guys take tropical fruits, native botanicals, and exotic spices and blend them with monsoonal rainwater. The result is a refreshing and unique spirit.
Visit their cellar door for tastings and if you love what they do, pick up your own bottle of Moontide. More information can be on the Moontide Distillery website.
11) Camel Ride at Sunset
Camel rides on Cable Beach are so popular in Broome.
You’ve probably seen the photos of the most popular tour in Broome. The iconic sunset on Cable Beach with a string of camels sauntering by. It depends on who you ask. Are camel rides one of the best things to do in Broome or simply one of those bucket-list items?
Either way, you can choose to ride a camel across Cable Beach if you like, more details are below.
How to Get to Broome
Broome is a popular destination for those people who are doing a West Coast organised tour or travelling independently on a road trip. Broome is a hub for the start or end of a trip in the Kimberleys. Broome is also a major stop for anyone travelling from Perth to Darwin.
You can reach Broome via plane from all major cities in Australia. Flights leave from Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. You can read all about the best things to do in Broome on the flight over.
Find the best prices and deals on booking flights on Expedia.com.
Best Time to Visit Broome
The best time to visit Broome to enjoy the best weather is from April to November.
Broome’s dry season (from May – October) is made up of warm days, warm nights and ideal holiday weather the majority of the time.
Broome’s wet season (from November to April) brings rain and steamy, hot and humid weather. Keep in mind that from Jan-March, Broome experiences monsoonal weather, including possible cyclones and floods.
Where to Stay in Broome
There are many options for accommodation here. One of the best things to do in Broome is to choose the right accommodation for you. Some people are happy with budget accommodation and others need a little more comfort. We’ve covered some accommodation options below for every budget.
Budget Accommodation: Cable Beach Backpackers – A 10-minute walk from Cable Beach. This hostel has an outdoor swimming pool, BBQ facilities and an onsite bar. A shared kitchen is available to cater for yourself and a handy and free local shuttle bus is available. You can choose to stay in a dorm room or private rooms are also available.
Mid-Range Accommodation: Kimberley Sands Resort – The location is perfect for this resort, only minutes from the turquoise waters of Cable Beach. There is a pool at this property and a great restaurant and bar. A very popular option for a comfortable stay in Broome.
Luxury Accommodation: Bali Hai Resort & Spa – Bali Hai Resort offers self-contained studios and villas, less than 10 minutes walk from the stunning Cable Beach. With large rooms, a fantastic swimming pool, and a Bali vibe, this place is ideal for those wanting a relaxing stay in Broome.
We hope you enjoyed reading about the best things to do in Broome. What would you add to this list?
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Rach is a self-confessed travelling foodie. Her passion for food and culture has seen her eat her way through 190 countries. She's currently on a big food adventure to visit EVERY country in the world!
When Rach isn't travelling, you can find her at the beach, drinking coffee or wine with friends or chowing down on the best eats around her home city of Melbourne, Australia.