See these startling highlights of Australia
“Exotic, extraordinary, adventure and luxury can all be found on a fly-stay trip to the tropical pearling town of Broome. It’s home to one of the most beautiful beaches and the largest pearls in the world. It’s where natural phenomena create the Staircase to the Moon and Horizontal Falls. It’s the gateway to one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth.” ~ Western Australia Tourism
Highlights of Australia’s North West:
Broome’s Cable Beach is world famous for its white sandy beaches, turquoise water and spectacular Indian Ocean sunsets. But what sets it apart from other tropical beaches, and earns it the top-spot is visitors also get to enjoy the tropical splendour from the seat of a camel.
Other activities include, boat cruises, a picnic dinner on the beach and a spot of fishing, or perhaps sipping a cocktail at a beachside bar in one of the string of resorts beside the beach.
As mentioned sunset over the beach is usually spectacular, but what really attracts visitors from far and wide is to witness “Staircase to the Moon”. This usually happens each year between March and October. It is considered a natural phenomenon caused by the full moon rising over Roebuck Bay at low tides, creating a beautiful optical illusion of a staircase reaching to the moon.
The beach is very much a part of Broome’s history, earning its name from the telegraph cable laid between Broome and Java in 1889, connecting Australia’s North West with the world.
The beehive striped Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park is a fascinating and enduring Australian story. found in the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park of Western Australia’s Kimberley region. Purnululu, meaning ‘sandstone’, has long been inhabited by local Indigenous people, but the rest of the world did not know of its existence until the mid 1980s.
You can explore the range on foot and discover long narrow chasms and hidden gorges large enough to hold a full-scale concert. Open from April until November (weather permitting), the park is accessible by four-wheel drive only and only single axle.
Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs in Australia
Gantheaume Point is home to the footprints of long-extinct dinosaurs and a few plant fossils too. This makes it one of the best paleontological sites in the world. It is estimated that they have been preserved in the reef rock for over 125 million years.
Although situated just five minutes drive from Broome, the footprints are only visible at low tide. However, you can view plaster casts of the dinosaur tracks embedded at the top of the cliff if the tide is high. Check tide times at the visitor centre in Broome before you head out to the point.
One unique way to reach the trail of dinosaur prints is by hovercraft, which skates atop Roebuck Bay’s mudflats. This followed by a guided walk among the site’s ancient footprints and it’s mind blowing coastal scenery.
Dampier Peninsula and Cape Leveque offer the perfect getaway for the adventurous traveller. This rugged and pristine slice of the Kimberley is famous for its Aboriginal heritage which continues to thrive. Known by Indigenous peoples as ‘Ardi’, meaning ‘heading north’, the Dampier Peninsula is made up of many small Indigenous communities.
Equally acclaimed are the striking colours of the landscape where dramatic red-rock cliffs meet bone-white sand and clear turquoise water.
The area is popular for swimming, snorkelling, boating and whale watching. The fishing is world class – throw in a line from the side of a boat to catch mackerel, tuna, cobia and sailfish.
You can learn more about Aboriginal culture on bush-tucker, tag-along and mud crabbing tours.
Australia has one of two horizontal waterfalls on earth
Horizontal Waterfalls, there are only two horizontal waterfalls on Earth and you can look wide-eyed and open-mouthed upon both of them at Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago of Australia’s North West.
The white waters are thrilling to ride by boat and awe-inspiring to view from the air. Join a scenic flight or sea safari to the Horizontal Waterfalls from Kooljaman in Cape Leveque, Broome or Derby to see and experience it for yourself.
So, what makes the water fall sideways? These incredible natural wonders are the work of some of the largest tidal movements in the world. As the tide ebbs and flows, a huge volume of water is forced through two narrow cliff passages, creating a variation in ocean level of up to four metres and a unique waterfall effect.
You’ll need to base yourself in the Kimberley towns of Broome or Derby, both of which offer a good range of accommodation options and a choice of sedate or adrenalin-fuelled Horizontal Waterfalls tours.
+ Watch an Ocean Sunset by Camel Train, Walk with Dinosaurs and Ride a Horizontal Waterfall Itinerary
- Day 1 Morning / Perth to Broome
- A mere two-and-a-half-hour flight from Perth gets you to Broome. Flights depart daily from Perth and regular direct flights to Broome are also available from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
- Day 1 Afternoon / Broome to Cable Beach
- Spend a relaxing afternoon soaking up the beauty of Broome’s world famous Cable Beach. Find your own little slice of paradise on this 22-kilometre stretch of pristine sand and clear turquoise waters. Linger into the late afternoon, and you can experience one of the most unforgettable ocean sunsets from a Cable Beach camel train.
- Day 1 / Evening
- Feast on the tropical flavours and fusions that have evolved from Broome's melting pot of cultures and check out the town's colourful calendar of events.
- Day 2 Morning / Broome to Gantheaume Point
- On a low tide, you can zoom across the mudflats of Roebuck Bay on a hovercraft tour to view the footprints of dinosaurs that roamed Gantheaume Point over 125 million years ago and discover more recent local history. This area of striking rust-red cliffs is also accessible by road, just five minutes’ drive from Broome, and sunset tours are available when tides and times are aligned.
- Day 2 Afternoon / Gantheaume Point to Broome
- Take a wander around the town, or join a guided town tour to discover the fascinating and tragic tales of Broome's original Japanese, Afghan and Malay pearlers who flocked to Broome to seek their fortune. Browse the South Sea pearl and Argyle diamond showrooms of Chinatown, and admire the works of some of the Kimberley's most celebrated contemporary and Aboriginal artists in the local galleries.
- Day 2 Evening / Broome to Roebuck Bay
- If your visit happens to coincide with a full moon and low tide between the months of March and October, be sure to head over to Roebuck Bay to witness the rare natural phenomenon known as the Staircase to the Moon.
- Day 3 Morning / Broome to Cape Leveque
- Take a scenic flight over Broome and the dramatic west Kimberley coast, or join a 4WD tour to meet one of the world’s oldest surviving cultures at Cape Leveque.
- Day 3 Afternoon / Cape Leveque to Broome
- From here, you can learn the ancient art of mud crabbing, or explore the 1,000 islands and islets of the Buccaneer Archipelago and take a thrilling jet boat ride on the only horizontal waterfalls on Earth.
- Day 4 Morning / Broome to Cable Beach / Eco Beach / Purnulululu
- Take it slow with a morning walk and swim on Cable Beach, or hop on a scenic flight to enjoy stunning views and coastal wilderness experiences at Eco Beach (also reached via a 90-minute drive from Broome). Alternatively, a full day adventure can be found by taking a flight on the Kimberley Aerial Highway to view one of Western Australia’s most fascinating landscapes – the beehive domes of the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park.
- Day 4 Afternoon / Broome / Eco Beach / Purnulululu
- If you opt to hang around in Broome, take an afternoon cruise to discover how the largest and most coveted pearls in the world are commercially cultured and harvested today on a morning cruise to a local pearl farm.
- Day 4 Evening / Broome
- Catch a movie at Sun Pictures, the oldest operating outdoor cinema in the world, or take a star-gazing tour of Broome’s beautifully clear night skies.
- Day 5 Morning / Broome to Perth
- Head to Cable Beach for another morning stroll or swim and breakfast beside the Indian Ocean before heading to Broome airport for your return flight.
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If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel platform for both cost effective and luxury travel ideas around the world. From Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 I managed the LatestSightings.com blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona. Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year 'Hospitality Management in Development Program' in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it's been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey!