• Broome Time

    Broome Time

    Tourism WA

    Broome Time

    WESTERN AUSTRALIA

    Broome is the gateway to the Kimberleys and a renowned destination for rest and relaxation, writes Neerav Bhatt.

    Time is simply slower and more relaxed in Broome. My souvenir t-shirt, bought as a momento of my trip there, said “Slip into Broome Time” and explains it best. Once you’ve hung around for a few days, city conventions like the days of the week or even the time of day, melt away into irrelevance.

    Peak season for travelling to Broome is late May to early September when you can expect mostly dry weather with maximum temperatures around 30°C. 

    The five-star Kimberley Klub YHA is a short five-minute walk down the road from the tin shed arrivals building at Broome Airport and 10-15 minute walk to the centre of town if you’re in search of a café, souvenir shop or supermarket to top up supplies.

    If you keep enough food in the kitchen to self cater, there’s no reason to step outside with the hostel offering a variety of ways to chill out including a licensed bar, swimming pool, big lounge and outdoor seating areas. During my stay several backpackers were rarely seen out of their hammocks.

    The hostel has a buzzing social atmosphere in the evening but if you’re in the mood for other entertainment walk into town and buy a ticket for Sun Pictures, the world’s oldest open air cinema. It’s a great place to relax in a deckchair watching recent and classic movies as Broome cools down in the evening. 

    Woody's Book Exchange in Jonny Chi Lane is the best place to go if you want to buy a cheap book to read on the beach or in the hammock area at the Broome YHA Hostel

     Track down to the beach. Credit - Shutterstock

    Neerav's hot tip: the Malcolm Douglas Holiday Park

    Malcolm Douglas was making Australian outback wilderness TV shows long before Steve Irwin appeared on the scene. The Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park near Cable Beach has daily guided crocodile feeding tours include a look at rogue crocs that have been captured and relocated there as well as baby crocodile hatchlings, alligators, Nile, salt and freshwater crocodiles.

    Stairway to the Moon. Credit - Tourism WA

    Staircase to the Moon is a unique phenomenon of the rising full moon reflected in mudflats at low tide which can be viewed from Town Beach for a few days every month from March to October. To get there just walk down Robinson Road around the corner from the YHA for 20 minutes. Walking is much faster for the return journey because many people queue up for the Town bus after moonrise is over.

    Everyone who visits Broome should visit Cable Beach for a sunset walk or camel ride. The 22 kilometre beach is at its best when high tide has gone out in the afternoon so the famous sunset is reflected perfectly onto the white sand. 

    Gantheaume Point at the south end of Cable Beach is very photogenic with red rocks contrasting the blue sky and sea with the added bonus of dinosaur tracks visible in the reef at very low tide. The Turtle Bay Kayak Adventure is worth considering if you fancy more energetic aquatic activities with an opportunity to see turtles, reefs and caves. 

    The pearls on sale in Broome are just a tad out of the budget range of most backpackers but luckily there’s an alternative at Shell House on Guy St where you can buy more affordable mother of pearl jewellery or just look at the thousands of beautiful shells on display.

    Gantheaume Point. Credit - Neerav Bhatt

     
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