Iconic sunset photo’s on Cable Beach. Pearl farming. Amazing scenery with red rocks and blue skies. Broome is one of the most remote towns in Australia, with the next major town being over 2 hours away. It is not easy to get to, but it is definitely worth the trip and most certainly worth the money. Let me continue on and describe my incredible experience in Broome.
Arriving into Broome is what you would expect – a small airport, heat and a sense of excitement in the air.
Our group stayed at Cable Beach Resort & Spa for the first few nights, so we were able to get their free shuttle which is offered to each guest. Check in at Cable Beach Resort isn’t until 3:00pm, but the resort is more than happy to hold luggage, and you can still use their facilities (pool, bar, restaurant) whilst you wait for your room to be ready. There is an adults-only pool area which is a great way to relax and enjoy the peace. For those with kids in tow there is also a pool area that is family friendly with a water park, mini golf and tennis courts close by. This is a beautiful resort that I would highly recommend for families and couples. It is the only resort located opposite Cable Beach itself, and the Sunset Bar and Grill restaurant has remarkable views of the sunset as we experienced that first evening over drinks and dinner. What a great way to end the first day of our trip to Broome.
Earlier in the afternoon we had the opportunity to visit the Oaks Cable Beach Resort which is also located about 10-15 minutes walking distance from Cable Beach. This resort is perfect for families, couples and longer stay guests, with a focus on apartment style facilities, four swimming pools, restaurant and bar. The rooms are very modern, fresh and ranging from Studio to 3 Bedroom Apartments.
The next morning, back at the Sunset Bar and Grill, we had a massive breakfast. Now I have had my fair share of buffet breakfasts in Australia, and I can honestly say this is one of the best! So take my word for it and make sure breakfast is included if you stay at this hotel.
After breakfast we walked over to the Seashells Resort, located about 10 minutes away. This is one of the many Seashells properties located in Western Australia and gives off great holiday vibes. The décor in each apartment is themed beach style and the facilities are good for longer staying guests with 1 – 3 Bedroom Apartments. As this is more of an apartment style property, there are limited resort facilities, so no restaurant or bar on site. However, the location of the property is close to a nice café called the Zookeepers Store and a bar called Zee Bar. Once again I would recommend this property to families and couples, wanting a longer stay in a tropical oasis.
During the afternoon we went on the Half Day Broome Sights and Sunset Camel Ride with Kimberley Wild Expeditions. First of all I will just mention how helpful the crew at Kimberley Wild are, they are always friendly and great to deal with. I think this tour is a great overview of what Broome is about.
Our first stop was at the legendary Sun Pictures. This is actually the oldest open air cinema in the world (Google it!), so very cool to get to see such an old iconic building and learn about the history. We then headed to the Cygnet Bay Pearl Shop. This is the first taste we get about the importance of the pearl farming industry. Next up was the Japanese Cemetery – just a drive by, we didn’t actually get off the bus, but driver/tour guide explained the significance of the Asian culture in Broome. The group then headed to Gantheaume Point. This is such a picturesque place, with red rocks and blue sea.
This is also where the dino footprints are, a very important historical sight. Only 5 minute stop here but definitely worth the visit. Our last stop before the Camel ride is Matso’s Brewery. This is a great little spot and with unique beer, Mango and Lychee! We didn’t spend a lot of time here but we definitely made note to come back and have a few more.
The most anticipated part of the tour had finally arrived – riding camels on Cable Beach at sunset! This is the most iconic thing in Broome, the moment you brag to your friends about. Aside from the momentary scary part of getting on and off the camel, this is truly a unique experience. The guides are great and the views are unbeatable. It is certainly a bucket list item that has now been ticked off.
The next morning we departed Cable Beach Resort & Spa and checked into the Mercure Hotel, which is located in town. This hotel is in an excellent location, close to the town centre and opposite Town Beach. It is very clean and comfortable, and would recommend for 1 -2 night stays. We also visited the Oaks Broome, also located in town. This hotel is a little bit more modern and once again a great hotel for shorter stays. Would definitely recommend this hotel for pre and post night accommodation for cruises or tours.
Next up was our Turtle Kayaking Tour. This is a short tour, but great for those who want a bit of adventure. No fitness or experience necessary and the guides are very patient and explain everything very well. We kayaked along the coastline where Gantheaume Point is located. The view is gorgeous, the red rocks, blue sea, blue skies…unbeatable.
There is a lot of wildlife to be seen, including turtles, as the tour name suggests (though we did not 😦 ). My favourite part of this tour was stopping off at a small secluded beach, eating crackers and dips and partaking in a Hermit Crab race! (My little Hermie won!) This was such a fun experience and one of my highlights of the trip.
We headed back to the Mercure where we had an amazing meal at the hotel, great service and delicious food.
Our last full day in Broome was spent on the Cygnet Bay Full Day Tour. We got picked up early in the morning by Kimberley Wild Expeditions, once again proving what an amazing tour operator they are. We headed up north, and made a quick stop at Beagle Bay, a small aboriginal community. The church here is a sight to be seen as the Alter has been decorated with pearl shells. This little stopover is quite quick (mainly as a toilet and coffee break) but really good to break up the trip.
We continued on towards Cygnet Bay, arriving just prior to lunch. We were shown around the pearl farm by Penny who is part of the sales team. It is great to see what they actually do and how pearls come about.
After a delicious lunch there we went out on the boat to see the Pearl Long lines, where they are kept.
They talked about the history of pearl farming and the labour involved in this day and age. It was very interesting and great to learn about an aspect of life in Australia that not many people would know about. The scenery is beautiful and we saw a lot of wildlife on this trip, turtles, sharks, crocodiles. After visiting Cygnet Bay, we stopped off at Cape Leveque. It was a very quick stop, so would definitely recommend doing another tour to actually explore and experience Cape Leveque. The Cygnet Bay tour is a very long day; however there is an option to do a scenic flight back from Cape Leveque to Broome.
We ended our very long day back at Matso’s Brewery (of course) as this is walking distance from the Mercure Hotel.
On our final day, Saturday morning, we all decided to head down to the local Courthouse markets. These occur Saturday mornings year round and also on Sundays during their peak season. These markets feature local produce, food, arts and crafts. Because of the Asian influence in the area, the food is amazing and really genuine Asian food. I would highly recommend for people to check these markets out on their trip to Broome.
We headed home in the afternoon. Some might think that the flight would be quite long and uneventful, but the best part of flying to Broome from Sydney is that it can potentially become a scenic flight over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta! I honestly had no idea, and it was completely unexpected. I’ll be highlighting this to my clients from now on!
Overall, my trip to Broome was something I never thought I would get to experience. It is a bucket list destination for a lot of travellers out there, me included, and when you go there, you will understand why.
Camel riding on Cable Beach at sunset. Staying at the Cable Beach Resort & Spa. Kayaking along the coastline of Gantheaume Point. Visiting the only pearl farm accessible by the public. Flying over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta. These are just to name a few. I will now leave you with the classic Cable Beach sunset photograph.
Review by Kate Graham, Assistant Team Leader, Australian Sales Expert, Infinity Holidays. Kate visited Broome with some fellow agents, in May 2017.
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