Broome is a special place. I went through in the wet season when half the town's closed down, and will be returning in the dry. What ever space you head is in will only be exacerbated by the Kimberley so I have incredible associations with it. Broome is a special spot for me. Yeah, I'm counting the weeks until I'm back there.
Broome is the most beautiful place I have ever seen, meant to have been staying for a couple of weeks ended up getting a job and staying for 4 months.
Had my 21st birthday there unforgetable, can't wait to go back.
Meant to stay in Broome for 3 weeks ended up staying 4 months, the best place in OZ. So laid back nobody cares. Can't wait to go back again.
Broome is an ultimate place in Australia. The friendliest people live there. You have one of the most beautiful beaches at your feet and then a nightlife that will make you not want to leave. Forget the East coast and come to the West Coast!
I visted Broome for a while, and I think that it is the most peaceful and beautiful place in Australia! Cable Beach is heavenly, has the oldest outdoor theatre in the Great Oz, and a gorgeous man named Cameron! How can you beat that?? It is a must if you are traveling anywhere near there!
Seriously, don't miss Broome, cancel everything else and go there. It's far better than anywhere on the east coast or west. It rules! I stayed there for a month out of four that I had to do Australia, wish I'd stayed longer!
A long way from anywhere, but worth the trip. Great atmosphere & Cable Beach is superb. Go before mass tourism spoils it (they're extending the airport to take big jets).
Broome first boomed into prosperity in 1861 when it was discovered that its shores were brimming with Pinctada Maxima oysters, the world's largest pearl shell. At its height, just before World War I, Broome supplied 80% of the world's pearl shell and the influence of this industry is still evident all over the town.
When you get to Broome you will see why tourism now plays a huge part in the town's economy. The Broome hostels are focused in two areas; in and around Chinatown, and Cable Beach. Chinatown is the old section of Broome, heavily influenced by the East Asian immigrants that flooded here to work in the pearling industry in the 19th century and early 20th century. There are some great little shops and restaurants here and much of the architecture is unchanged from this period with a great pioneer town feel. Bordered by the mangroves from which the thousands of flying foxes emerge in squadron formation every dusk on one side, and the boab trees of Male oval on the other, it's hard to tell you're in the center of one of the most popular tourist towns for 2000km in either direction. The hostels in Broome are closer to all the cheaper supermarkets, amenities, and nightlife than the Cable Beach hostels, but are obviously further from the famous Cable Beach. There is a small supermarket at cable beach, although it is more expensive than the ones in the centre. There are also several restaurants and drinking establishments, as well as Malcolm Douglas's Crocodile Park.
Many of Broome's most popular attractions such as the Wildlife Park, Gantheaume Point, and the fantastic Willie Creek Pearl Farm require transport of some kind. Luckily there are plenty of car and scooter hire places in Broome, and the majority of backpackers here have a car you can hitch a lift in if you play your cards right. A trip up Dampier peninsula is definitely recommended.
Due to it's remote location and the fact all building materials have to be transported from Perth, not much in Broome is cheap, and this includes Broome's hostels. However, the high-end hostels really are some of the best you will come across in Australia. Or if you really want to save money and have a tent there are campsites at Cable Beach and Roebuck Bay.
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