Holiday Destinations in Broome & The Kimberley
Western Australia’s constantly growing popularity in tourism can be mainly credited to the Kimberley region, as it is gathering more recognition as a home of various tourist attractions.
The town of Broome, located north in the district, has emerged as the most sought-after destination, thanks to boasting dozens of scenic views and fun activities.
From the soothing visuals of Cable Beach’s white sand and Gantheaume Points’ red cliffs, to the Japanese and Chinese-inspired architectures, and to the museums that are rich in history, there’s truly a lot of interesting explorations to have. The much-celebrated Willie Creek Pearl Farm, known for being the most awarded tourist spot in WA, is also just around the corner.
Broome’s iconic Cable Beach is a spectacle for tourists and residents alike. The crystal waters and crisp white sandy shores are fantastic for families, friends and individuals. Whether you are there to witness the majestic sunset, swim in the temperate waters or relax on the shore, Cable Beach will claim your hear.
The best places to visit in Broome and The Kimberley can be found listed below, which includes valuable info for all you travellers looking to have a dose of the alluring paradise.
WELCOME TO BROOME
Once the pearling capital of the world, Broome is a unique town with a romantic history. Surrounded by the sparkling turquoise waters of
Cable Beach with red cliffs and endless white sand, Broome’s stunning natural beauty and relaxed tropical feel will captivate you from the
moment you arrive. Established as a pearling port in the 1880’s, Broome today boasts a multicultural population made up of the many
nationalities who flocked to the shores of Roebuck Bay in the hope of making their fortune from the pearling industry. Broome is also the
gateway to the Kimberley, so whilst in Broome, allow some time for exploration of the wider Kimberley region.
Broome enjoys dry, sunny days during the peak months of May to October and has an average daily temperature of 31 degrees. Evenings
can be cooler at this time of the year with an average minimum of 16 degrees. November to April is known as the wet season and
normally has humid days and balmy nights. Rain is normally short however access to places outside of Broome can be limited due to
reduced road access.
KIMBERLEY CRUISING – MARCH TO OCTOBER
With so many cruising options, it can be hard to decide which one suits you. Here are our tips for narrowing it down:
– Reasonable mobility and fitness is required on all Kimberley cruises, but some more so than others. Each boat may have stairs, wet landings and different ways of embarking and disembarking the small excursion vessels.
Speak to us about the best option for you. If you have mobility issues we’d suggest one of the larger vessels.
– Decide where you want to go: Some cruises start and end in Broome, making it easy to add in to any holiday, others start or end in Wyndham and transfer to Kununurra – the perfect starting point to explore El Questro or the Purnululu National Park, while others go as far as Darwin and are great for those wanting to add in The Ghan or a Top End adventure.
– Number of passengers: With anything from 12 to 260 guests, there is plenty of choice. Smaller cruises are generally more flexible and you’ll get to know everyone on board, while larger vessels will generally have more staff and facilities on board.
– Travel dates: March, April and early May give you the chance to see the best waterfalls as the Wet Season concludes. June to August is usually cooler, with days around 30 degrees making it perfect for hiking and relaxing on the beach, while later in the season, you’re most likely to spot whales during their migration or even catch a barramundi.
Visit our Cruise section to view our range of Kimberley Cruises.
GIBB RIVER ROAD
A journey along the Gibb River Road four wheel drive route is one of the last true outback adventures. Originally constructed in the 1960s to transport stock from surrounding cattle stations, it stretches some 700km from King Sound in Derby to Kununurra.
The Gibb River Road takes you through spectacular scenery, passing any gorges, waterfalls and rivers. So take time to explore, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking and taking a refreshing swim in pools beneath plunging waterfalls.
It is only suitable for four wheel drive vehicles and not recommended for towing caravans, trailers or boats. The best way to see the Gibb River Road is on an organised tour or an accommodated self-drive itinerary.