The Kimberley in Western Australia has so much to offer; there is nothing quite like taking a dip in El Questro Gorge, hiking to see ancient Wandjana or Bradshaw rock art, marveling at the sunrise over the Bungle Bungles, or watching the sunset over Kununurra. But, whether you start or finish your Kimberley adventure in Broome, the small town on the Kimberley coast also has plenty to offer, and it is well worth spending a few days taking in the local sites.
Here, at Kimberley Off-Road Adventure Tours we have compiled our top six recommendations for your time in Broome.
Catalina Boat Wrecks (WWII Flying Boats) – These wrecks are found at Roebuck Bay and are the remnants of the Catalina and Dornier flying boats which were attacked on the 3rd March 1942 during WWII. The planes were carrying refugees from Java and were attacked by the Japanese, bringing down 15 flying boats and killing approximately 80 people. You can walk to the plane wrecks if you leave from Town Beach and walk a kilometre (allow an hour and leave an hour before low tide) across the Roebuck Bay mud flats. Six of the wrecks are visible at tides less than 0.86m. Alternatively, you can take a hovercraft.
Broome’s Dinosaur footprints – At least nine species of dinosaur footprints dated at over 120 million years can be found at Gantheaume Point. You can see some of them if you take a walk at tides below 2.16m. You can also reach the dinosaur prints by hovercraft.
Broome’s Japanese Cemetery – This cemetery is the largest of its kind in Australia and offers an insight into Broome’s history. The obelisk headstones pay tribute to the many Japanese divers who lost their lives in the booming pearling industry back in the twentieth century. It’s on Port Drive on the way out to Cable Beach.
Pearl Luggers – This museum is worth a visit to see two beautifully restored pearl luggers on display in a replica tidal jetty. The museum offers daily tours; a chance to learn about the evolution of pearling in Broome and to see pearling artefacts up-close.
Willie Creek Pearls – Travel just 38km out of Broome and discover Willie Creek Pearl Farm. Here, you can take a tour and learn about the process of cultured pearl farming, and it is a chance to see pearl-producing Pinctada maxima oyster in its natural habitat.
Staircase to the Moon – If you’re fortunate enough to be able to plan your trip around the full moon, you’re in for a treat. Staircase to the Moon is when the full moon rises over the exposed mudflats of Roebuck Bay at extremely low tide, and creates a beautiful optical illusion of stairs reaching to the moon. It’s a natural phenomenon worth seeing if you get the chance.
If you’re keen to explore the Kimberley region before or after your time in Broome check out our itinerary HERE. If you want to extend your time in the Top End of Australia, why not join us on our Kakadu and Arnhem Land adventure or head over to Cairns on our 11-day Gulf Savannah tour. See our website for details.
Enjoy your adventures!
Adam & Lucy