Not your usual suspect for an Australian holiday, Broome’s rugged landscape, stunning natural wonders, rich Aboriginal heritage and intriguing history makes it the next must-visit destination on your bucket list. Here are 10 reasons why you should start packing for Broome.
1. Ride into the sunset at Cable Beach
Known as one of the world’s best beaches, Cable Beach is home to a 22km stretch of pristine white sand edged by the water of the Indian Ocean. Hop on one of the beach’s iconic sunset camel rides and feel your stresses ebb away with the waves while taking in the changing hues of the sky as the sun dips below the horizon.
2. Author your own Walkabout at Bungle Bungle National Park
Chances are you probably have read James Vance Marshall’s Australian outback adventure Walkabout in school. Embark on your own Walkabout for a ‘Just another day in Western Australia’ experience amidst one of the world’s most fascinating geological landmarks, the ochre-hued and black sandstone domes known as the Bungle Bungles.
Fall asleep under the stars with Chan Brothers Travel’s Bungle Bungle overnight tour and marvel at the panoramic Milky Way arching over the formations.
3. Take the Staircase to the Moon
Not to be mistaken for Led Zeppelin’s phenomenal hit Stairway to Heaven, the moonrise at Roebuck Bay is a phenomenal sight to behold no less. This spectacular rare sight occurs between March and November: The full moon rises like burning amber and lights up the corrugated mudflats in a narrow line, creating the illusion of a flight of burning stairs leading right up to the moon. This June, catch glimpses of the Staircase to the Moon phenomenon when you book your Broome holiday with Chan Brothers Travel.
4. Explore Western Australia’s oldest cave system
Hop on a four-wheel drive to explore the beautiful outback oasis of Windjana Gorge, a 3.5km geological wonder. Or explore on foot the 750m Tunnel Creek, a cave system carved through the Napier Range. Traverse through the Denovian reef system dating back 375 million years and discover secret caves, stalactites, subterranean wildlife, and come face to face with some of the most significant Aboriginal sites in the Kimberley region.
5. Tread where the dinosaurs used to roam
A long, long time ago, some 130 million years ago, the dinosaurs were already hanging out at Broome. Delight your inner palaeontologist as you trail along Gantheaume Point and identify the seven different dinosaur species that once set foot on the coast of Broome. The real dinosaur footprints, preserved in reef rock, can be seen at very low tide.
6. Unearth a remote piece of paradise
Lying at the tip of Dampier Peninsula about 200km north of Broome, the remote coastline of Cape Leveque is a dream destination for off-road travellers seeking a slice of untouched wilderness. You can enjoy – from the comfort of a four-wheel drive – breathtaking views of pristine white beach against the golden red cliffs, while pit stops along the way offer opportunities to unearth the region’s rich Aboriginal heritage.
7. Marvel at one of the greatest natural wonders
The Horizontal Falls in Talbot Bay has been described by naturalist David Attenborough as "one of the greatest wonders of the natural world”. The breathtaking sight is stunning, yet intriguing. The unusual phenomenon is formed when intense tidal currents of up to 10m hurtle though two narrow coastal gorges, resulting in a waterfall effect on the other side of the gorges.
8. Uncover the pearl of Australia’s North West
Since its founding as a pearling port in 1880s, Broome has been known for producing some of the finest pearls in the world. Discover its rich pearling heritage with Chan Brothers Travel and witness the fascinating modern-day processes of pearl farming, from oyster shells to showroom shelves.
9. Reel in a catch
While Broome is world-famous for its boat fishing, anglers from all around the world flock there as well. There is something for everyone when fishing at Broome, from flats fishing for permit and trevally along the shores, to bait fishing for barramundi and mangrove jacks in the creeks.
10. This June, it is faster to fly direct to Broome than other Australian cities
This June holiday, for a limited time only, Chan Brothers Travel offers you exclusive deals to fly directly to Broome with SilkAir, departing on the mornings of June 13, 17 and 20. With a flight time of only four hours, you will be ready to explore Broome by early afternoon.