Broome and the Kimberley Region of Australia

by AboutAustralia

Broome stands on the edge of the magnificent Kimberley Region In Western Australia and is one of Australia's most unique and picturesque travel destinations.

A visit to the remarkable Kimberley Region will uncover some amazing natural wonders that you could probably never even dream of experiencing.

It is such a unique land that offers a smorgasbord of fantastic adventures for you to enjoy. From camel rides at sunset, ancient Aboriginal rock art, and the hub of the Australian pearling industry, there is something for everyone.

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Broome is one of the most naturally beautiful places to visit in Australia

 

Broome is an outstanding tourist destination and is the gateway to the magnificent Kimberley Region which provides access to Australia's best examples of ancient Aboriginal history and culture. Broome is also well known for its Pearling Industry which provides opportunities to visit pearl farms and learn about the history of the early pearling efforts in the area.

There is a 'welcome mat' in Broome for backpackers who want to work in Australia. I saw a report on TV a couple of nights ago which was explaining how the world wide recession was having an effect on the number of backpackers arriving in Broome looking for work. There is a serious shortage. Apparently people with lots of money are still going to the area, but they are short of people who want to stay and work.

There are many tours which begin in Broome and fan out over the traditional lands of the original Yawuru people.These tours showcase the best of what Broome has to offer, and will literally take your breath away.  

Some of the tours available include:

  • Camel rides along the world famous Cable Beach (both morning and evening rides available)
  • A 1 hr historical and cultural Hovercraft tour which takes in the Dinosaur footprints on rocks at Gantheaume Point
  • Anastasias Pool where a previous lighthouse keeper modified a rocky outcrop to form a bathing pool for his wife who suffered from Arthritis
  • 4 Wheel Drive tour to South Sea Pearl farm, includes information on how pearls are grown and harvested
  • A sightseeing tour of the best of Broom's attractions
  • All day 4 Wheel Drive beach tour to Cape Leveque which takes in Lombadina Aboriginal Community, swimming and snorkeling. Includes the option to fly back to Broome
  • Take a spectacular scenic flight above Broome along the coast from Cable Beach to Willie Creek
  • 4 Wheel Drive day trip to Windjana Gorge which includes an opportunity to wade through the pristine waters of Tunnel Creek. A healthy lunch and a gourmet BBQ dinner is included. A great way to see the stunning sights of the Kimberley region
  • Fishing tours are highly recommended. Fishing in this region is second to none in Australia.

 

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The History Of Broome

From the 1880's to Today, Broome offers the visitor a fascinating historical story

Broome has a rich history dating back to the 1880s when the pearling industry began. It was difficult and often very dangerous work but this did not stop people from around the world coming to work in Broome during the early days of pearling.

Many came from Japan to board the luggers and dive for the riches of the pearl beds, but more than 900 are now buried in the Japanese cemetery and are a testament to the struggles of the early pearling pioneers. Many more were lost at sea and the exact numbers are not known.

In more recent times the Western Australian mining boom which began in the 1960's assisted Broome in economic terms and placed it firmly on the map as a major unique travel destination.

Broome

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Broome is a pearling and tourist town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, north of Perth. The year round population is approximately 14,436, growing to more than 45,000 per month during the tourist season. Broome International ...

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Updated: 05/05/2012, AboutAustralia
 
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AboutAustralia on 01/04/2012

Empty and large can even be an understatement Lissie. I haven't been over to the West Coast yet but the Newcastle to Cairns trip certainly gave me a new perspective on distance!

Lissie on 01/04/2012

I lived in Perth for a few years, and I even had to tell Australians that they couldn't just "pop up " to Broome - that it is after all a 3 day drive! And don't think most people have any idea just how empty and large most of Oz is!

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