Photographs of Cable
Photos and old film I took of Broome in the 1970's are in boxes
in places such as
After a recent photographic assignment for a party in Broome, I thought
I'd show some photos of Cable Beach and photos of Broome on this webpage
along with information about Broome
Broome's sub tropical climate vegetation, geography and Broome's
beach, one of the
in the world make for great photography. The sunset photos of Broome
like the one at the top of this page are a photographer's paradise.
Get to Broome by road or plane from
Port Hedland or
are discount cheap flights to Broome in the wet season.
Historical Photo of Broome luggers.
The Broome Races is one of the biggest annual events is. The
Races is a very popular Broome event and I recommend advanced Broome accommodation
bookings (click on the Hotel Bookings button
Stairway to the Moon event is a popular photographed event
in Broome. Also are festivity photos of Shinju Matsuri in August Broome's
main event is Shinju Matsuri (Festival of the Pearl). Hotel and other
accommodation in Broome should be booked well in advance so if you want
to enjoy happy times of the festival, it pays to book your Broome hotel
accommodation well in advance.
A bit on the local weather
Max temp 32.1ºC (av)
Min temp 21.1ºC (av)
580 mms (about 24 inches)
How wonderful is that Broome weather? Couldn't
get better could it?
The Wet: Oct - Mar is the monsoon season with it's spectacular
tropical thunderstorms and balmy nights.
Warning: Be aware that some of the
remote areas may not be accessible by motor vehicle and this includes 4-wheel
drives because of the rains.
The Dry: Apr - Sept for those seeking the sun but don't forget
your 30+ sunscreen
Local Radio Station
CRITICAL INFORMATION IF TRAVELLING INTO
REMOTE AREAS FROM BROOME
Check with the Broome Visitors
Centre or the local Police before travelling into any remote areas.
It is vital that you leave your travel details with Police and when you
arrive safely to let them know of your safe arrival. If you do NOT you could
die (tourist that die regularly in the Kimberley Outback) or face a very
heavy bill for any unnecessary rescue effort that may be instigated.
Places of Interest
Pearlers Row Gallery
The perfect place to see traditional Aboriginal ochre and art works. They
also offer for sale work by local contemporary artists.
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 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
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 souveneirs and Mother of Pearl items.
Broome Historical Society
Well worth a visit and located in the Old Customs House.
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 unselaed 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 theior 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
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.
These are the largest art and craft markets in the Kimberleys.
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.
of what this town used to be. in it's early heydays. It was here that the
commercial and industrial ccntre of the town evolved with all its
pearl sheds, saloons, entertainment houses and Chinese food halls.
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.
Normally on Sundays between 8am and 1pm in Johnny Chi Lane (seasonal). Large
selection of local art and crafts.
'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
Beach is named after the telephone cable that was first laid to connect
Australia with Indonesia. The beach lays 6 kms
the centre of Broome township. Cable Beach is one of the top 5 beaches in
the world and streches 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: Nov - Apr there can be
box jellyfish and stingers in the water.
Gibb River Road Bus Services
This is a transport service between Kununurra and Derby 6 days a week. It
will give you the opportunity to explore the Gibbs River Road. The Gibbs
River Express is a luxury 4x4 air-conditioned bus that thravels the 700kms
from Derby to Kununurra in 11 ½ hrs and offers access to all destinations
along the route such as the gorges, cattle stations and holiday destinations.
If you're into bird watching, hiking, camping, wanting to see the incredible
Kimberly gorges or want to experience life on a typical Aussie cattle station
then this is the way to do it. Make your choices, stay where and when you
want with a multi-stopover ticket. Runs May - Sept only.
You can find footprints left behind by dinosaurs millions of years ago.
Only visible duringa 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
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
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.
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 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
Chinatown Natural Healing
If you need to relax or feel the need to refresh yourslef
after a long and dusty trip then the Chinatown Natural Healing Centre is
just what you need.
Massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, naturaphy or
homeopthy - there are all available here.
There is also a wide array
of related items on sale such as books, tapes, incense, cards, oils and
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 ccan 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 indeigenous experiences
including escorted bush walks, spear and boomerang throwing and local
The Dreamtime (or The Dreaming as it is sometimes called)
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.
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 supplys if you need them to capture,
in your own way, your visions of this land.
A Bit of Broome History
The local indigenous
people, the Yawuru, have lived in
the area for many hundreds (some say thousands) of years. There is also
evidence that people sailed all the way from Malaya and Indonesia in search
dugong and pearls.
Photo of Dugong feeding near Broome
William Dampier was the first
European to visit the area in 1688 and Roebuck Bay was named after
his ship the HMS Roebuck. But it wasn't until almost 200 years later that
the town was officially recognised and named after the then Governor of
the State, Sir Frederick Napier Broome.
It was the discovery of the world's largest pearl oyster (Pinctada
maxima - producer of the White South Sea and Golden South Sea Pearls)
that saw the beginings of the industry that has, over the years, made Broome
famous - pearling!
In the 1910's Broome
producted over 80% of the world's Mother
of Pearl shell used in the production of a wide array of decorative
items from buttons, furniture and jewellry. It was in 1913 that the
local pearling fleet (examples of which can still be seen in Broome) reached
it's peak of over 400 vessels.
The industry was very profitable for the ships Captains but
the divers faced real dangers from
sharks, sea snakes (the most venemous in the world), cyclones (submerged
divers were cut adrift if one appeared over the horizon to allow the vessel
to run for safety), drowning when equipment broke or was faulty and the
'bends' (an agonising death).
The invention of the plastic button in the 1950's saw the
rapid decline of the Mother of Pearl industry.
However, in the late 50's the industry started a recovery as the cultured
pearling industry took off. By the 70's Broome could again boast that it
was the centre of the world's pearling industry meeting over 70% of the
In the 80's another industry started to impact upon Broome
and this time it was people - tourists in fact. These days
Broome hosts over 100,000 tourists a year
and the numbers continue to rise as new resorts are built and older hotels
refurbished. The real changes started when the road between Port Hedland
and Broome was finally sealed allowing people to drive all the way in relative
safety and comfort.
Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world and the pindan
cliffs (soils this time rather than the vegetation. See above), stark white
sands and clear bblue waters of the Indian Ocean are part of this exotic
towns appeal. Chinatown boasts an unusual style all of it's own which is
a blend of Australian Colonial/Asian developed in the early days of the
settlement and still surviving today.
Broome is also a haven for
those of us who live the sport of fishing.
There is either the massively long jetty (watch the local kids catch fish
you would kill to catch yourself with only a line, hook and a birds feather
as a lure), or in one of the many tidal creeks. But be aware that local
King Tides can be dangerous and
it is strongly advised to obtain a tide chart from the Broome Visitors Centre.