Broome is a town of 14,000 or so people in the north of Western Australia. Broome is serviced by regular coaches and Broome Airport is serviced by domestic flights from several Australian cities, including Perth, the State Capital of Western Australia and also from some international destinations.
Broome and its immediate surrounds offer some excellent accommodation to suit any style of budget or travel. Enjoy up market Resorts, Eco Retreats, Wilderness Lodges, Hotels, Motels, Bed and Breakfasts, Hostels, Caravan and Camping sites.
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Probably most famous for being the Pearling Capitol of Australia, Broome offers a host of amazing experiences for visitors and tourists.
Named after the Governor of Western Australia, Sir Frederick Broome, the town grew up in the 1880’s around the pearling industry. Initially harvesting mother of pearl from natural sources, the pearling is now delivers some of the world’s largest and most renowned cultured pearls.
The discovery of pearls initiated a migration akin to a gold rush with Japanese, Malay and Filipino pearl divers arriving on mass to strike it rich. This multi-cultural fusion is still evident today with the Asian cultural influences being celebrated by the yearly Shinju Matsuri (Japanese for Festival of the Pearl).
Another well-known landmark of Broome is the stunning Cable Beach which offers some of the most picturesque sunsets in the world. Cleaned daily by 9 metre tides, part of the 22 kilometre stretch of beautiful, almost perfectly flat white sand and shimmering turquoise water is home to Australia’s most famous nudist beach, if you dare.
At Gantheaume Point, there are dinosaur footprints and plant fossils that were embedded 130 million years ago in the Cretaceous. They are actually 30 metres out into the ocean so check them out during very low tides.
Being a gateway to the Kimberley, all of the above and more combines to make Broome one famous Australian Landmark that is definitely worth a visit when you’re traveling Down Under.
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