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.
Best of Broome & Kimberley Coast Highlights:
Broome’s Cable Beach is justifiably world famous for its 22 kilometres of sun-kissed white sand, turquoise water and spectacular Indian Ocean sunsets. But what really gives it a top spot on the must-do list is the experience of taking in all its tropical splendour from the seat of a camel train.
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.
Stay at one of the resorts near Cable Beach or just visit for the day from Broome. Take a swim, hop on a boat cruise or just sit and drink in one of best ocean sunsets on Earth.
Witness Staircase to the Moon from March to October, when conditions are just right, visitors to the North West region are treated to a natural spectacle – the Staircase to the Moon. This natural phenomenon is best seen from Roebuck Bay in Broome, when the full moon rises over the exposed mudflats at extremely low tide and creates a beautiful optical illusion of stairs reaching to the moon. This incredible natural event also occurs along the coastline at Onslow, Dampier, Cossack, Point Samson Peninsula, Hearson Cove and Port Hedland
At Gantheaume Point, near Broome you can walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs. Here, preserved in the reef rock for over 125 million years, are the footprints of long-extinct dinosaurs and a few plant fossils too, making it one of the best paleontological sites in the world.
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 your head out to the point.
Just a short stroll to the northern side of Gantheaume Point and you’ll find a touching piece of local history at Anastasia’s Pool. This natural spa pool was lovingly modified by one of the early lighthouse keepers, making its therapeutic warm water easily accessible for his wife, who suffered terribly with arthritis.
The most thrilling way to reach Gantheaume Point is by zooming across the mudflats of Roebuck Bay on a hovercraft tour from Broome, then taking a guided walk among ancient footprints. Along the way, you can view coastal scenery, where red cliffs meet the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
At Cape Leveque, hit the red dirt road for a four wheel drive adventure on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome.
This rugged and pristine slice of the Kimberley is famous for its Aboriginal heritage which continues to thrive. Equally famous 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.
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.