If you've just got 48 hours in Broome, our Insider has put together the perfect itinerary just for you. Don't miss a thing!
If you arrive in Broome for a Saturday, go to the local markets from 8am. Do a self-guided town tour and take in the Japanese Cemetery
, Gantheaume Point
and the Broome Port
. You can do this with your own car or utilise the local bus service, which circumnavigates Broome at least every hour. A good lunch option in town can be found at Matso's Broome Brewery
. Make sure you sample some of their award-winning ice-cold brews to beat the heat. Then digest some artwork at one or two of the galleries Old Broome Lockup
, Gecko Gallery
or The Broome Factory
on Farrell Street are all worth a visit.
Mid-afternoon, peruse the pearl and souvenir shops in town. Join the 3pm tour at Pearl Luggers if you like a bit of lively history. Late afternoon, join Broome Hovercraft for either their one-hour historic "flight" or two-hour sunset tour. Dinner time? Head to either Blooms Café or the Lustre Bar, then wander next door for the late movie (approximately 8.30pm) at Sun Pictures, Broome's outdoor picture theatre and one of the oldest in the world.
Note: if shopping isn't your thing you might want to spend some time at the Broome Historical Museum.
If you're an early riser then a 6am walk along Cable Beach is in order. After breakfast join the Willie Creek Pearl Farm Coach Tour
at around 8am (you'll get back to town about midday, and there's a self-drive option if you have a 4WD).
After lunch, spend some more leisure time on Cable Beach. Use the facilities at the main beach or drive your along some of the 22 kilometres of sand. Enjoy sunset from wherever you find yourself at 6pm. Grab a quick but really tasty dinner at Land of Pharaohs on Carnarvon Street. After dinner, join Greg Quicke's Astro Tour to find out how we fit in the universe.
Option: if you are not a beach person, then visit Malcolm Douglas' Wilderness Park, just 25km out of town. But come back in time for sunset, beach begrudging be damned!
Seasonal activities: Staircase to the Moon (April to September), the Shinju Festival (August), Broome Race Round (May to August) and the Mango Festival (November). Check out BroomeVisitor.com.au for more information.
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