BROOME, Western Australia
The Yawuru people are the traditional owners of the lands and waters in and around this coastal town of Broome. It has a rich history some of which is violent and sad. The pearling industry brought multicultural groups of Chinese, Malay, Japanese, English, Fillipino, Greek and Indonesian workers. Who endured cyclones, drownings, shark attacks, war and divers suffered from the bends. In spite of all this Broome has continued to thrive with the past shaping it’s heritage today.
Broome has the most majestic landscapes and contrasting colours. I have never seen anything like it before. We travelled in March which meant it was over thirty degree's everyday and the humidity was extreme with rain daily. Not to mention incredible lightning displays at night. As it's off-season here, Virgin had some deals that were too good to pass up.
Book a local tour and learn about the rich history of this incredible destination.
To get around here and see some of these fantastic places, you will need a 4WD. We hired ours from the airport and used Europcar as they have an affiliation with Velocity Rewards.
We chose to stay at the Mantra Frangipani which is really Close to Cable Beach without the extortionate price tag. It was a pleasant and comfortable stay here. With a beautiful outdoor shower and swimming pools to cool off.
1. Cable Beach
The sky lights up with fiery, yellows and oranges at sunset. This is where you will locate the camels walking along this stretch of beach.
There are so many places to photograph here.
2. Gantheaume Point
This felt a little like Mars but the sculptural red rocks contrasting with the bluest ocean. At Gantheaume Point you will find a lighthouse, take the track past the signage to reach the cast of dinosaur footprints a popular attraction with kids. More than 130 million years old the footprints have been preserved within the reef rock and can be seen at the bottom of the cliff at low tide.
3. Matso's Brewery
This is Australia's most remote brewery and If you haven't tried their Mango or Ginger Beer you have been missing out. You can grab some lunch here and a tasting plate of their beers before continuing on your adventures. This was a great place just to chill out and cool down. See their website for further information.
4. Mangroves Restaurant
This was my favourite place to eat as I was otherwise disappointed by the over-priced and often bland food in Broome. Mangroves however provided some exceptional Greek Food for their Greek week, we ate here twice. Overlooking Roebuck Bay we were treated to a lightning show common for this time of year and watched rather large hermit crabs race along the grass. This has a beautiful atmosphere, and I would highly recommend it here.
5. Roebuck Bay
This location had that incredible turquoise water, green mangroves and red cliff which are just spectacular in real life. Be aware of crocodiles but look out for dolphins and turtles. Definitely, some magical drone captures to be had here. The tidal variations make for some dramatic landscapes.
6. Willie Creek Pearl Farm
To get here you need a 4WD without question we drove through a storm cell, and the road was quick to turn boggy and slippery. Allow for an hour to get here. This place was picturesque to photograph. The incredible blue water and sand patterns were magnificent. If you plan to see the pearl farm check that it's open before you drive all the way just for that. Not that you would be disappointed once you get here.
Broome has so many magical places to explore that three days just wasn't enough to do it justice too but enough to make me want to come back and adventure some more.
It would be wonderful if Airlines maintained these lower fares to make this a more affordable destination for all.
For even more information about travel to Broome and surrounds see the tourism website www.visitbroome.com.au.