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Places of Interest in or Near Broome

Pearlers Row Gallery
The perfect place to see traditional Aboriginal ochre and art works. They also offer for sale work by local contemporary artists.

Anastasia's Pool
Located at Gantheaume Point and built of local sandstone by a former lighthouse keeper to help ease the pain suffered by his arthritic wife.

The Shell House
Developed from a private collection of shells from the waters of the local Kimberley coast. The collection, of over 6,000 shells, preserved fish and crustacea, is open to the public for viewing. It also contains a shop that sells souvenirs and Mother of Pearl items.

Bedford Park
Overlooking the spectacular Roebuck Bay. The park includes a replica of the chest that belonged to William Dampier, the discoverer of the area, the local War Memorial and numerous boab trees.

Broome Historical Society Museum
Well worth a visit and located in the Old Customs House.

Buccaneers Rock
Belived to be the location where William Dampier careened his ship The Roebuck. There is a plaque commemorating the event.

Anastasia's Pearl Gallery
The Gallery was established to be the local jewellry shop serving locals and visitors alike. But not only is there a wide array of pearl related jewellry but also diamonds (another big Kimberly industry) and other gemstone jewellry as well. This business is a family affair and they will do all they can to make your visit something to remember.

Broome Bird Observatory
You will need transport to get to the observatory as it lays 25 kms east of the town (15 kms of unsealed roads).
The Broome Bird Observatory is recognised as one of the 5 top locations to observe wader bird in the world.

Broome Crocodile Park
Malcolm Douglas established the Crocodile Park in 1984 while a renowned  producer of wildlife documentaries and adventure films. The park now houses over 4,500 crocodiles. There is also another area which is used to farm crocodiles for their meat and skins. Please be aware that the crocodiles have not been removed from their natural habitats except where they have posed a danger to humans.

Captain Gregory's House
Built in 1917 by Capt Gregory on the corner of Hamersley and Carnarvon Streets in became his home and, being one of the most successful  businessmen in the local pearling industry, it is a great example of what the richest people of the day selected as their suitable to house themselves and their families.

Cable Beach Camel Rides
One of the most unique experiences you can have in Broome is to take a camel ride along Cable Beach.
Each time of the day has its unique quality with an ride in the early evening probably the best for atmosphere as it offers you an opportunity to catch those incredible sunsets.

Courthouse Markets
These are the largest art and craft markets in the Kimberleys. Held every Saturday morning on the corner of  Frederick and Hamersley Streets between 8am - 1pm. Massive array of arts and craft plus food and music - wonderful atmosphere.

A reminder of what this town used to be. in it's early heydays. It was here that the commercial and industrial  centre of the town evolved with all its pearl sheds, saloons, entertainment houses and Chinese food halls.

The old Courthouse is built in distinctive 'Broome style' with which you will become very familiar with if you hang around Broome for a while.
The Court House was the original Cable House (that managed the telephone cable) after which Cable Beach is named.

Chinatown Markets
Normally on Sundays between 8am and 1pm in Johnny Chi Lane (seasonal). Large selection of local art and crafts.

Sinju Matsuri
The 'Festival of the Pearl' is held in Aug/Sept each year and celbrates the pearl harvest, the local Broome pearling industry and the town's multi-cultural heritage.

Cable Beachbox jellyfish in broome logo
The Beach is named after the telephone cable that was first laid to connect Australia with Indonesia. The beach lays 6 kms from the centre of Broome township. Cable Beach is one of the top 5 beaches in the world and stretches for 22 kms with beautiful white sand and deep blue Indian Ocean waters. It is a safe bean on which to swim and there is a wide selection of beach activities you can enjoy.
Caution: November to April there can be box jellyfish and stingers in the water.

Dinosaur Footprints
You can find footprints left behind by dinosaurs millions of years ago. Only visible during very low tide (1.5metres or lower). If the tides are too high you can always check out the casts that have been made that sit at the top of the  cliffs.
If you do get the chance to walk out and check the footprints please ensure you take care of the reef environment as it is very fragile and also wear think soled shoes as stonefish are known to live on the reef.

Horizontal Falls Adventure Tours
There is only one way to really capture the grandeur of the Kimberley and that is from the air. Once you step aboard this turbo-prop seaplane you  know  you will experience something you will never forget.
Enjoy a relaxed flight to Talbot Bay where you will transfer to the vessel 'Rare Breed' to experience 'Horizontal Falls', described by David Attenborough as "one of the greatest wonders of the World" and experience the unbelievable tidal powers that can be found in the Kimberleys. You will be taken straight through the falls (tidal conditions permitting) - this you won't forget.
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Flying Boat Wrecks
The remains of these flying boats can be found about 1 km offshore from Town Beach and are only visible at very low tides (be aware of the need for thick soled shoes. See warning immediately above). The flying boats were ferrying Dutch civilians from Indonesia during the early invasion of Indonesia by the Japanese when they were pounced upon as they landed in the waters near Broome. A number of people were killed and boats sunk. What you can see are the remnants of these flying boats that were sunk by the Japanese attack.

Chinatown Natural Healing Centre
If you need to relax or feel the need to refresh yourself after a long and dusty trip then the Chinatown Natural Healing Centre is just what you need.
Massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, naturopathy or homeopathy - there are all available here.
There is also a wide array of related items on sale such as books, tapes, incense, cards, oils and essences.

Chinese Cemetery
Located on Port Drive you will find this one-of-a-kind cemetry. It is here that the early Chinese settlers (many pearl divers who died doing their job) can be found.
A camera is a must for this visit.

Deep Water Point
If you arrive by boat you will probably anchor here as it is the anchor point for all visiting vessels.
Here you will find the Broome jetty (great for fishing off) and a small sheltered beach for swimming (safe for children) and picnics. There are also restaurant and kiosk facilities.

Willie Creek Pearl Farm
Want to find out all you can about pearl farming as it is practised today? Wille Creek Pearl Farm is where you need to go.
At the farm (38kms north of Broome) you will understand how Broome develops the world's best cultured pearls. You will see the intricate art of seeding the shells so that they produce those wonderful round translucent gems of the sea. Discover the different types of pearl shells and get aboard the 'Willie Wanderer' to get to see the pearl shell beds in the creek.

Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Tours
The local indigenous people have a rich and diverse background. Mamabulanjin Tours offers visitors to Broome a wide range of indigenous experiences including escorted bush walks,  spear and boomerang throwing and local stories of The Dreamtime (or The Dreaming as it is sometimes called)
The tours can offer you an insight into the traditions, history and contemporary lifestlyes of the Broome Aborigines.

Staircase to the Moon
One of the most beautiful natural sights in Broome and seen across Roebuck Bay during a full moon, is the Staircase to the Moon.
The illusion of a staircase reaching up to the moon is caused by the moons reflection on the wet mud flats - a tedious explanation for a wonderful sight.

Gecko Gallery
Located in the heart of Chinatown the gallery is Broome's best gallery for local Aboriginal fine art. These art works are for sale and the gallery is also an outlet for drawing and painting supplies if you need them to capture, in your own way, your visions of this land. invites genuine travellers' comments about accommodation in Broome. Savage negativity and overt advertising will not be approved by the moderator of the Broome Blogg. Please post your photos of accommodation in Broome no larger than 666 pixels wide. We want info about for example good Broome holiday accommodation, Cable beach scenes, and accommodation from which Kimberley fishing trips are launched.

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