The Weekender: Broome, WA
Don’t stay in your room – head to Broome
Broome, the beach resort jewel of Western Australia, is a popular tourist destination for its brilliant beaches, array of wildlife, and fascinating countryside. That said, there are a bunch of things that are unmissable about the place, and we’ve compiled a list of the essential Broome activities for anyone looking to make the most of their weekend.
Set right on the stunning Cable Beach, if you want food with a view, this is the place to go. Restauranteur Stuart Voce, along with his team of talented staff, serve up a delicious menu of Australian- and French-influenced food. You can get small or share plates, or large plates- so however hungry you are, there’s something to suit.
The Aarli is well-loved for its hospitality, casual atmosphere, and imaginative menu – Australian food with an Asian twist. Located right inside Chinatown, there’s also an extensive selection of wine, beers and cocktails, to accompany your perfect meal. Given that the Aarli is open all day and for any occasion, any time is the best time to visit.
The Green Mango Café
The Green Mango Café is the perfect spot to start off your weekend in Broome, with hearty breakfast options to fuel your appetite for adventure. Its casual vibe and packed menu make it somewhere you could be perfectly content to relax in for a lengthy time, or somewhere to get dessert with a selection of gelato spanning thirty options.
According to their website, The Roebuck Bay Hotel (or The Roey, as it’s more often known), is a sports bar, music venue, club, and ‘the best value accommodation that Broome has to offer’ – making it the best all-in-one holiday destination for people looking for an inexpensive but homey hotel. Built to accommodate newcomers to the pearling scene, it’s been a fixture in Broome’s landscape and heart for as long as anyone could hope to remember.
At the Divers Tavern, you can choose between the Beach Bar, the Sports Bar, or the Divers Bistro – or head to each of them on your Broome weekend. A short walk away from Cable Beach, the bars always have a range of events going on for anyone who wants to celebrate sports or party. And for those looking for more food than drink, the bistro has an extensive menu that includes a range of burgers, pasta, and pizza, in addition to a ‘light bites’ menu and a plentiful selection of mains.
Matso’s Broome Brewery
Matso’s takes the crown as ‘the most remote brewery in Australia’, according to their website, but the visit out to their family-owned brewery is still more than worth the hassle. With a range of products available all around Australia, the beer is incredible, with an atmosphere to suit – especially on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, where the brewery is graced with a variety of performances from both local and visiting artists.
When anyone thinks of Broome, they usually think of the beaches. So true to form, one of the most enticing attractions in Broome is the breathtaking Cable Beach. And it’s not all sunbathing, either, with plenty of bikes to hire and camels to ride along the stunning coastline. Turtles nest on the beach from October to February, and there are a series of special events that run throughout the year, so a quick search before you head over will leave you reeling with options.
King Leopold Air
People say holidays are supposed to give you a change of perspective – so why not take that literally, and look at Broome from a different angle entirely? One of the most popular attractions in Broome is the King Leopold Air tours, which provide scenic and charter flights exploring a mindboggling number of places: the Buccaneer Archipelago, the Bungle Bungle Range, and Cygnet Bay, to name a few. There are also safari tours available, across Devonian Reef and Bungle Bungle.
Broome Adventure Company
Take your holiday one step further with the Broome Adventure Company, and indulge in one of their three stellar offerings: kayaking, fat bike tours (the bikes have oversized tyres for beach riding), or photography tours. Our personal favourite would have to be the kayaking, dubbed ‘Turtle Kayak’ in the understanding that you’ll see a dazzling array of marine life on your trip.
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
If you’re heading to the beach anyway, why not make the trip easier for yourself and stay there? The Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa is right at the heart of it all, so you could just roll out of bed and onto the beach. There are also two pools, four spectacular restaurants, and a spa, in addition to all sorts of leisure facilities, so there’s enough to do even without escaping to the beach.
Another perfect beach-side paradise, the Mangrove Hotel was designed to make its guests feel relaxation like nothing else. With suites that incorporate calming, cool colour schemes juxtaposed with scenic views, you’ll be in the lap of luxury no matter which one you pick. In addition, you can choose between the stylishly chill Bay Club or scrumptious Italian at Johnny Sausage when you get hungry.
The Billi Resort
A private place for a cosy holiday, the Billi Resort was inspired by the warmth and glamour of The Kimberley. As self-contained spaces, you can choose between one and two bedroom villas, or break away from the ordinary with a stay in the King or Queen tents, combining hotel room luxuries with the beauty of nature. Take some time to relax in the dazzling gardens surrounding the pool, and then head off on a short walk to Cable Beach and a great array of restaurants and bars.