If you’re keen on a coastal vacation teeming with flora, fauna and unforgettable experiences, consider jetting to Broome, Australia! It’s located in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, which is just four and a half hours from Singapore, with Jetstar’s seasonal direct flights launching from 25 June.

When you visit multicultural Broome, you’ll discover rich traditions and intricate crafts of the Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali people, who are observed as the traditional owners of Broome. 

Broome is also known to indigenous Australians as “Rubibi”. Embark on an eye-opening cultural tour with a native guide, soak in the ‘staircase to the moon’ at Roebuck Bay—when the moon light reflects off the bay’s exposed tidal flats—and take in the atmosphere of Broome that surrounds its historic lands, which also play home to an array of wildlife.

There are so many things to do in Broome so here’s what you need to know before you make your trip Down Under!

What you need to know about travelling to Broome

Many Australian cities have direct flights to Broome Airport or have flights to Broome that connect through Perth Airport. Most hotels in Broome also offer airport transfers.

Presently, travellers from Singapore will have to transit in Perth or Kuala Lumpur to get to Broome. The good news is that, from 25th June to 26th October, Jetstar will operate direct return flights to Broome twice a week during the town’s dry season. These flights will return in April 2025 so you can plan accordingly.

If you visit Broome during the dry season (from May to October) you’ll enjoy lovely clear skies and warm weather. During the wet season (from November to April) you might experience rainy nights in Broome, but you’ll also experience fewer crowds and a more laid-back atmosphere. 

Hail a bus or taxi to commute around the city of Broome, and to places of interest outside of the city. Alternatively, you can opt to rent a car and plan a road trip.

What to do in Broome

Enjoy a camel ride at sunset

One of the best ways to experience Broome’s famous Cable Beach is by riding one of its colourful camel caravans across this sandy attraction.

Cable Beach is 22 kilometres of powdery white sand that stretches out into the azure Indian Ocean. This tranquil beach is ideal for fishing, kayaking, and surfing; you can also rent picnicking equipment here.

Soaking in Cable Beach’s gorgeous sunset while riding atop one of these gentle mammals, is one of Broome’s most popular tourist activities, and morning rides are available seasonally too.

Cable Beach is a short bus or taxi ride from Broome’s city centre, which only costs a few dollars.

 

Address: Cable Beach, Broome WA 6726
Operating hours: Morning and sunset rides available
Website: visitbroome.com.au/see-and-do/camels
Contact number: +61 8 9195 2200

Join a pearl farm guided tour

Discover the prized Broome oysters and glistening pearls that Broome’s economy was built on, through an activity-filled tour of an operational pearl farm.

Ride an air-conditioned coach—or book a luxurious helicopter ride—to Willie Creek Pearl Farm, where employees will introduce you to the farm’s historic hatchery and invite you to take your pick from an array of pearl accessories.

Don’t pass on this insightful tour, which includes a scenic cruise and homemade refreshments. Your guide will reveal to you the many meticulous processes that go into yielding top-quality pearls.

 

Address: Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Waterbank WA 6725
Operating hours: 9:00am to 4:30pm daily
Contact number: +61 8 9192 0000
Website: williecreekpearls.com.au

Savour unique beers in a remote brewery

Are you game to try chilli beer, a mango IPA and Australia’s first alcoholic ginger beer? Matso’s Brewery is a remote brewery that has been creating award-winning beverages for the past two decades.

Located across from Roebuck Bay, this famous brewery is both a popular tourist destination and a gregarious hangout, where entertainment is provided by a variety of bands and DJs.

This family-owned establishment is open all year round, and is known for its Jam Night on Tuesdays and its boozy Sunday afternoon parties.

Matso’s has a beer garden with a food truck named ‘Fumiko’, and constantly rolls out an assortment of food pairings and thematic menus.

As for libations, you can choose from Matso’s popular classics. Take your pick from seasonal brews, or order a tasting paddle of five different beers.

A short bus or taxi ride will bring you to Matso’s, which is situated along the beach.

 

Address: 60 Hamersley Street, Broome WA 6725
Operating hours: 11:00am to 9:00pm daily
Contact number: +61 8 9193 5811
Website: matsos.com.au

Meet the local snubfin dolphins

Book a morning dolphin cruise to meet Broome’s balletic and intelligent dolphins, and you can even arrange a swim sesh with them!

This endemic species is distinguished by their white and brown gradient colours, and one of the largest populations of snubfin dolphins live in the shallow waters of Broome—a community of over a hundred strong.

They share this ecosystem with many other species, so on this three-to-four-hour cruise that provides morning tea, you might also spot other exotic marine friends such as bottlenose dolphins, dugongs, humpback whales, manta rays and sea turtles.

Besides booking yourself on this snubfin dolphin tour led by a marine life expert, you can also inform the tour guides that you would like a swim session with them in this ship’s boom net. However, only experienced swimmers are allowed to participate in this activity, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. This boom net is attached to the side of the ship, and allows humans to swim safely in it while the ship moves.

The Morning Snubfin Dolphin Cruise’s meeting point is at Broome Fishing Club. You can take a five-minute taxi from the city centre to Broome Fishing Club, or the tour operator can arrange a bus transfer to pick you up from your hotel.

 

Address: Lot 956 Kabbarli Rd, Broome WA 6725
Operating hours: 8:30am to 12:00pm (Mid-Sept - late June); 8:00am to 11:30am (Late June - Mid-Sept)
Contact number: +61 8 9192 8163
Website: broomewhalewatching.com.au/tours/snubfin-dolphin-cruises

Discover indigenous heritage on a cultural tour

The Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali people have lived in Broome for over 30,000 years, and what better way to get to know the people of the land better than to walk with them?.

These natives host tours that will bring you to experience the diversity of Broome’s mangrove ecosystem, and recount the indigenous people’s dreamtime stories.

Explore their decorative art, intricate crafts and aboriginal ‘smoking ceremonies’, where native plants are burned to cleanse participants and ward off evil spirits.

This in-depth and multisensory tour will introduce you to these natives’ unique way of life, and explain how it is intertwined with the many plant and animal species of the Kimberley region.

 

Address: PO Box 6020 Broome
Operating hours: Tours start around 4pm and last around 2 hours, depending on the tides
Contact number: +61 08 9195 0232
Website: toursbroome.com.au

Admire a staircase to the moon

A natural phenomenon that occurs from March to October along the Pilbara and Kimberley Coastline is Broome’s ‘staircase to the moon’ which sees throngs of tourists coming in from far and wide.

Visit Town Beach or the lawn of the Mangrove Hotel to witness this fascinating optical illusion, where the mudflats of Roebuck Bay appear to form steps towards the full moon.

Before you visit, it’s best to check which nights will have a bright and full moon, because a bright moon will reflect moonlight on the tidal flats to create the most vivid optical illusion.

You and your loved ones might also like Town Beach’s colour night market. You might spot the various migratory birds that stopover along these shores, as Broome is an important pitstop along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.

You can ride the Broome Explorer Bus to nearby Town Beach and Mangrove Hotel to see the ‘staircase to the moon’.

 

Address: 90 Robinson St, Broome WA 6725 (Town Beach) or 45C Dampier Terrace, Broome WA 6725 (Roebuck Bay)
Website: australiasnorthwest.com/staircase-to-the-moon

Kayak with Broome’s marine life

Speaking of wildlife, you can work up sweat while seeing many species up close, when you embark on a kayak tour.

Meet Kimberley’s humpback whales, manta rays and turtles on this family-friendly tour suitable for participants of all ages and abilities!

Lasting around three hours, this safe and eye-opening tour is led by experienced naturalists, provides refreshments and makes stops for photo opportunities. Not to worry, waterproof bags are provided for your phones, cameras and other valuables.

Your guide will explain to you how Kimberley’s many species depend on each other, and all play a part in this delicate ecosystem.

Broome Adventure Co offers various kayaking routes, and your guide will choose the best one depending on the season and weather. 

 

Address: 158 Reid Road, Cable Beach
Operating hours: Tours start at different times on different days
Website: broomeadventure.com.au/turtle-kayak
Contact number: +61 419 895 367

Where to stay

Habitat Resort Broome

A verdant property comprising eight acres of lush gardens, two swimming pools and an array of accommodations, Habitat Resort Broome is a nature-themed hotel that invites guests to truly soak in Kimberley’s flora and fauna.

Pick from spacious rooms that are suitable for both long- and short-term stays, and enjoy personalised experiences that can be customised by the resort’s concierge. Habitat Resort Broome is also a stone’s throw away from Broome Golf Club.

 

Address: 225 Port Drive, Broome
Website: habitatbroome.com

Eco Beach Resort

You can choose between a beautiful Beach House, Eco Villa or Eco Tent when you stay at Eco Beach Resort, which is located just 200 metres from the beach.

This award-winning property offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and has many eco-friendly amenities and activities.

You’re invited to take a dip in Eco Beach Resort’s swimming pool, relax on its sun terrace or ask its friendly staff to arrange bespoke tours and activities for you.

 

Address: Lot 323 Great Northern Highway
Website: ecobeach.com.au

Reflections Broome

For a truly local experience of Kimberley, book a room in Reflections Broome, which is a homely bed and breakfast run by local couple Margaret and Doug. 

Learn about the history and wildlife of Kimberley from this retired couple, who are happy to recommend activities in the area.

Margaret and Doug named their property “Reflections” to reflect how Broome’s many cultures have been incorporated into its design. The name is also an ode to the beautiful reflections along the Kimberley shoreline.

Reflections has been recognised at many prestigious award ceremonies such as the 2012 WA Tourism Awards and the 2011 National Accommodation Awards.

 

Address: 69 Demco Drive
Website: reflectionsbroome.com.au

Where to eat in Broome

The Bay Club

Enjoy live music, delicious cocktails and a diverse menu when you dine at The Bay Club, which is a chic restaurant that overlooks Roebuck Bay.

From succulent steaks to indulgent seafood dishes, The Bay Club’s specialities highlight the best of Kimberley’s local produce.

Lounge in a day bed or chill out in one of The Bay Club’s many cabanas as you soak in the Bay Club’s lush surroundings and jovial atmosphere.

The Bay Club is located within The Mangrove Hotel, which houses another famous restaurant named Johnny Sausage that opens during the dry season.

 

Address: 47 Carnarvon Street, Broome
Operating hours: 6:30am to 9:00pm, daily
Contact number: +61 8 9192 1303
Cost: About $28 to 450 per dish
Website: mangrovehotel.com.au/eat-drink

Papa Fuego

Papa Fuego is a popular watering hole that serves South American dishes made from local produce.

“Fuego” means fire, so don’t pass on this restaurant’s acclaimed flame-grilled dishes.

Papa Fuego is also known for its variety of tasty cocktails, and imbibers can pick from an extensive wine list and ice-cold beers.

Friendly staff are happy to recommend food and wine pairings. Match the establishment’s famous Argentinian steak with a full-bodied red wine, or the spicy grilled fish with a fruity cocktail.

 

Address: 2 Louis Street, Broome
Operating hours: Wednesday to Thursday - 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Friday to Saturday - 5:00pm to 12:00am midnight
Contact number: +61 448 413 737
Cost: About $20 to $40 per dish
Website: papafuego.com.au

The Aarli

Situated in the heart of Broome’s Chinatown, The Aarli is an all-day dining restaurant that serves innovative cuisine.

From wontons and kingfish sashimi to spring rolls and bahn mi, Aarli’s diverse menu consists of both Australian classics and Asian fusion dishes that pay tribute to Broome’s many migrant ethnicities.

Wash your meal down with an Australian beer or take your pick from The Aarli’s carefully curated wine cellar.

 

Address: 16 Hamersley Street, Broome
Operating hours: Tuesday to Thursday - 8:00am to 10:00am; 5:00pm to 9:00pm, Friday and Saturday - 8:00am to 2:00pm; 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Contact number: +61 8 9192 5529
Website: theaarli.com.au
Cost: About $19 to $25 per dish

 

Beautiful Broome is just a short and inexpensive flight away! And if you’d like to explore the rest of eclectic Australia, here’s a guide to Sydney, Melbourne and Melbourne’s captivating countryside. However, should your loved ones still need more convincing, here are top reasons why Australia and New Zealand should be on everyone’s bucket list.

 

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