Recently we asked you, readers of Hunter and Bligh, to choose their top travel destination out of a tailored list, and guess who (much to our surprise) came second?
That’s right, Broome!
A town that is 2,000 kilometres from the nearest capital city and is home to just 14,000 residents is apparently one of your top must-see destinations.
Almost 25% of readers picked Broome as their most favourable next holiday destination out of a list including New Zealand (44%), Hamilton Island (15%), Bali (6%) and the Gold Coast (5%).
We wanted to investigate what makes this croc-infested, pindan country town so appealing so we did some digging and discovered Broome is a gateway to a myriad of natural wonders that can only be described as one-of-a-kind. So, just to get you a little more excited, we’ve found and compiled Broome’s stunning attractions – take a look.
Luxury 10-day Kimberley Coast cruises
The Kimberley encompasses a 400,000 square kilometre area along Western Australia’s northern end meaning one of the few ways you can drink in this diverse landscape is via boat or plane. To see the Kimberley’s thousands of islands, reefs, waterfalls and gorges, a luxury cruise is the go-to option. Tourism is the most profitable industry for Broome and there are hundreds of one day to 10 night cruises to choose from including Kimberley Cruise Centre‘s 10 night Coral Expedition from Broome to Darwin. Departing from Broome and making its way north east to the Northern Territory, the boutique catamaran visits the Lacepede Islands, the famous Horizontal Falls, Raft Point, pearl farms, Mitchell Falls and so much more.
Perhaps the most recognisable attraction of Broome and the Kimberley Coast is the Horizontal Falls – a natural wonder caused by 25 metre gorges creating up to five metre waterfalls depending on tides. Tidal whirlpools and rough swells are caused by water being pushed through the 20 and 10 metre gaps slower than it naturally moves. A gateway to the private turquoise waters of Poulton Bay, these falls are unlike any other in the world. Broome, Kimberley & Beyond offers one day scenic tours to experience the falls via plane and speedboat.
Willie Creek Pearls
An unmatched business in Western Australia’s pearling industry, Willie Creek Pearls is situated just 45 minutes from Broome and provides daily tours. From sharing the process of seeding and harvesting pearls, learning about the complex history of pearling and sampling $120 per kilo pearl meat in the Pearl Luggers Museum and cruising alongside pearl farmers in Willie Creek’s azure waters and enjoying a Pearling Master’s High Tea, Willie Creek Pearls is an unmissable experience to see the process of a natural jewel’s creation. Willie Creek Pearls have stores in Cable Beach, Broome, Perth’s Elizabeth Quay, Hillarys Boat Harbour and Subiaco.
Four hours from Broome, the Dampier Peninsula sits largely untouched with just a small village community and rural airport connected by pindan roads. However, as you reach the peninsula’s coastline, a dramatic change occurs: the vibrant red West Australian dirt gives way to pure white sand, leaving the peninsula’s reefs and beaches pristine with the clearest of water. The peninsula undoubtedly provides a luxurious private experience but also offers a profound cultural experience: the local Bardi and Nyul Nyul people are the foundation of the small Beagle Bay community and promote recognition of their history. Home to a unique pearl shell-encrusted church built in 1917 by Aboriginal people and Catholic monks, Beagle Bay is truly a remote town with a rich history. Travelling north along the peninsula, the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm provides luxury accommodation, safari-style tents and camping areas while Kooljaman at Cape Leveque allows you to become one with nature and the local community with tagalong tours, night fishing and cruises.
At the heart of the Kimberley coastline lies some of Australia’s best fishing. With plenty of barramundi, mangrove red snapper, fingermark bream, salmon, giant trevally and so much more, fishing lovers will have a field day. Kimberley Quest hosts daily fishing expeditions throughout secret fishing spots across Collier Bay, Doubtful Bay, George Water, Walcott Inlet and Glenelg River. For serious fishers, six-day and eight-day expeditions with light aircraft transport and cruise boat accommodation are hosted in peak times.
For a bird’s-eye view of one of the country’s most spectacular areas, a scenic route is necessary. King Leopold Air offers deluxe scenic and charter flights with a variety of packages. From the Buccaneer Explorer which sweeps across the peninsula, Horizontal Falls, Koolan and Cockatoo Islands or the Bungle Bungle Explorer which makes its way inland to Fitzroy Crossing, Bungle Bungle and Windjana Gorge, Broome’s surrounding natural wonders should not disappoint from a high vantage point.
With some of the richest marine life in Australia, the Kimberley guarantees whale sightings every time they tour. Humpbacks as well as rare snubfin dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, dugongs, Green and Loggerhead turtles name Roebuck Bay home – an expansive bay just off Broome’s shoreline. With extensive seagrass meadows, Broome is a haven for marine mammals with peak season carrying from July all the way to September when 35,000 whales pass through the Indian Ocean near the West Australian coast. Broome Whale Watching is the town’s longest operating whale watching charter and offers sunset cruises and three and a half hour snubfin dolphin eco tours in mornings and afternoons.
Featured Image: Kimberley Quest