Broome is a beautiful beach resort town nestled within the desolate surrounds of the Kimberley, where the desert sands meet the tropics. A land of luxury and natural antiquity, rich in outdoor splendour presents the perfect foundation for an action-packed adventure in the Kimberley’s most celebrated town.
Cue the pristine beaches, prehistoric dinosaur footprints, man-eating crocodiles, and staircase to the moon all on show within the day. With only 24 hours on the clock, you will be hard-pressed to see it all, so, we have compiled a list of the best places to visit on a day in Broome.
Walk-in footprints laid bare by the dinosaurs at Western Australia’s very own Jurassic Park… at least what’s left of it that is. The striking red pindan cliffs at Gantheaume Point present the perfect backdrop to the sparkling turquoise waters beneath – the resting place of several 130-million-old dinosaur footprints. Etched into stone, remnants of these spectacular footprints are best viewed at the Gantheaume Point rock pools but are only visible at low tide. The point forms sections of the otherworldly Dinosaur Coast with 21 different dinosaur species alone being discovered in the area. With new discoveries on the regular, channel your inner Sherlock Holmes while canvassing this prehistoric graveyard of weathered rocks to see what you uncover.
If the thought of man-eating crocodiles is enough to get your skin crawling, then it is time to buck up and face your fears at the world-famous Malcolm Douglas Broome Crocodile Park. Safely perched behind the barriers, visitors will be in awe at the dazzling display of strength and vigour by one of Australia’s most formidable predators – the saltwater crocodile. Housing some of the country’s largest saltwater crocodiles, at 3 pm daily the crocodile farm springs to life, hosting daily feeding sessions for paying spectators. The farm started as a vision by legendary wildlife hunter Malcolm Douglas in the mid-1970s, as he secured a place to house rogue crocodiles. A raging success, the park continued to blossom, so much so that Malcolm turned the farm into a wildlife park adding a host of other fascinating animals. Today the park lives on, in memory of the late Malcolm Douglas – a signature of his former glory and goodwill. Open daily from 2 – 5 pm, explore Alligator Pond, Long Lake and Rogue Croc Alley on the world-famous crocodile feeding tour.
The crown jewel of Western Australia’s sun-kissed coastline is the 22km pearly white sands that make up the iconic Cable Beach. Woven into the very fabric of Broome, the town and beach are now somewhat synonymous as the city’s premier attraction – where the outback meets the sea. Brimming with treasures, spy the contrasting landscapes, a sea of aquamarine waters and creamy sands enveloped by stunning red ochre cliffs. A haven for overzealous beachgoers, enjoy a raft of activities including – swimming, surfing, kayaking, fishing, or a relaxing walk along the tranquil shoreline. One of the best places in the world to catch the sunset, spy Broome’s golden hour perched atop a camel, harmonic with the waves as shades of amber slowly consume the naive heart of this eternal beach.
After a long and strenuous day of sightseeing, it’s time to kick your feet back and unwind at the world’s oldest picture gardens – the Sun Pictures Cinema. What may strike you as an old run-down shed on the outside is in fact one of Broome’s most prized historical landmarks. The open-air cinema features a rustic style setting fit with deckchairs and a complimentary bar, showcasing some of the world’s latest premier movies. Adding to the hysteria, the cinema lies directly under the Broome flight path with the planes said to accentuate the majesty of these historic cinemas.
The Broome region is a sanctuary for native and migratory birds, collectively home to 333 recorded species – a third of Australia’s total bird population. Where the desert meets the tropics at Roebuck Bay the stars align for 1000s of shorebirds, the bay’s rich tidal flats offering up a smorgasbord of tasty treats. Largely recognised as the shorebird capital of Australia, Roebuck Bay is critical to the longevity of many migratory bird species with the bay a refuge for many young and developing birds. These young birds tend to ‘stick it out’ for over a year, honing their craft before setting sail into the realms of tomorrow. These extended nurturing periods are what make Broome one of the best places in the world to spy migratory shorebirds in their natural habitat.
One of Australia’s most breath-taking natural wonders is the ethereal Staircase to the Moon that paints the Kimberley and Pilbara coastline a few days a month between March and October. A sight to behold, marvel at the opulence of this enigmatic spectacle, a moonlight depiction of an illusive staircase leading to the moon. Appearing along the tranquil shores of Roebuck Bay, Town Beach and the Mangrove Hotel offer the best seats in the house to capture this dreamlike illusion, commonly occurring for 3 nights at the rise of a full moon. A phenomenon that must be seen to be believed, watch as the full moon illuminates the night sky, cascades of light reflecting over the exposed mudflats at low tide.