Broome situated in the extreme north of Western Australia is a fast growing city. The mix of frontier town, architecture, history and seaside resort, makes Broome a perfect place to host visitors. The architectural styles and unusual history makes it a great place to explore, with the addition of a tropical climate and fantastic beach there is something for everyone.
Shoppers can enjoy the chic art galleries, street cafes and jewel stores. Pearls are an important part of Brooms history. Many years travelers have come from far to enjoy the thriving pearl industry. The Japanese in particular settled here and today have influence on the city. Today you can see the pearl luggers at work if you take a stroll to the wharf and bays. The jewellery shops are predominantly featuring the local beauties, also take a visit to the bustling China town.
You haven’t visited Broome unless you have been to Cable Beach. This is the big attraction for many people to the city and its not surprising. There are 14 miles of the pristine sands with a tropical influence of the Indian Ocean. The beach is also enjoyed by many nudists. Swimming is good except for rainy season when the marine stingers are around between November and April.
Another good spot, especially for bird lovers is Roebuck Bay on the east of town. Ornithologists enjoy watching the shorebirds during summer at Roebuck Bay as they pass through on their annual migration from north Asia.
Transport: Get there and around
Once arriving at Broome International Airport, you will find transport available to most of the surrounding towns and cities
Broom itself doesn’t offer a great deal of public transport but there is an hourly bus to Cable Beach. Due to the flat land, cycling is a good way to get around the city. Cycle for rent are easy to pick up.
There are 2 main seasons in Broome – the wet and dry season, the same as most tropical destinations. Dry season is from May to November. In the wet season, better addressed as the ‘green season’, the temperatures can be 35C making it humid. Even through the rainy season the heavy downpours are sporadic.
Broome Accommodation: Budget to Luxury
There is plenty of accommodation available at Broome, from budget to luxury. The internet is a great source of information and can offer some of the best information on the cost, range and location of Broome hotels.
Local Events in Broome:
*The big event in Broome is the ‘Staircase to the Moon’. During low tide the full moon reflects off the mudflats at Roebuck Bay, appearing as though a staircase is reaching for the moon. This spectacle takes place during March to October.
*A festival originating in the 1970’s by the Japanese called Shinju Matsuri, celebrates the importance of the Broome pearl industry. The carnival includes street parades and a ball and other cultural activities which are great for the visitor to enjoy.
Wildernesstravel is relatively dangerous. Backpacking, floating a river in a canoe, or four-wheeling down isolated two-tracks - they all mean leaving the safety and predictability of civilization behind. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make it much safer, without taking away from the adventure. Here are six tips for doing just that.
1. Prepare. I've seen hikers eight miles from the nearest road, at nightfall, with no water, and facing a sub-freezing night with short sleeves. They had underestimated the time needed for the trip, and probably didn't make it back to their car before some suffering. More importantly, they hadn't prepared for the possibility of their hike taking longer than expected, or for possible changes in the weather. Try to think of all the possibilities, and have some preparation and planning for each before you leave.
2. Carry a map and compass. Know how to read your map. Any map is better than nothing. Many people lost in the wilderness have hiked farther into empty country because they had no idea which direction to travel to the nearest road. A compass is a good idea too, but be sure you know how to use it. Practice near home, and start using it before you need it, just to keep in practice (and to keep from getting lost).
3. Learn other navigation skills. Can you use a watch and the sun to determine direction? How about a stick and shadow? Because compasses break, and maps get lost, you should know at least one or two ways to determine direction. Also note the direction most likely to take you out of the wilderness before you start. If you remember that a highway runs along the entire south side of the area you are in, you know which way to go in an emergency.
4. Learn survival skills. Know a few basic survival skills and wilderness travel becomes safer as well as more interesting. Knowing that sleeping under a pile of dry grass or leaves can keep you warm could save your life someday. Learning to identify a few wild edible plants can feed you when you lose your food, and make a trip more interesting in any case.
5. Practice fire making. Make a fire and light it with one match. Do it in some woods near home when it is raining, and try it in the snow too. A fire can save your life. Rarely does anyone die from starvation in the wilderness. They commonly die from exposure. Know how to keep yourself warm and dry. Always carry matches and a lighter, and know how to start a fire.
6. Get help from others. Nobody can come to the rescue if nobody knows where you are. Leave an itinerary behind with someone. You may also want to carry a cell phone. I don't care for them myself, but they save lives all the time, so take it and just leave the ringer off until you need it. Be sure to charge the battery before you go.
Do more than read these tips. Take them and apply them. Not only people new to the wildeness, but experienced outdoorsmen too have paid the ultimate price when they forgot or refused to follow the basic rules of wilderness travel.