Broome is a destination filled with activities to suit every traveller! With a rich history, incredible landscapes, animal encounters and adventurous sightseeing you’ll definitely find something to suit your family.
There is such a relaxed vibe in Broome. No matter your budget, you’ll have plenty to do in-between your sunset drinks at Cable Beach. You can spend your days enjoying many of the free things to do, or you can take on once in a life time tours through the
Make sure to book your bucket list tours in advance so you don’t miss out!
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- Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
- Roebuck Bay
- Whale Watching
- Streeters Jetty
- Horizontal Falls
- Staircase to the Moon
- Camel Ride on Cable Beach
- Pearl Farm Tour
- James Price Point
- Scenic Flight
- Town Beach (Water Park)
- Matso’s Brewery
- Gantheaume Point
- China Town
Visit the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
One of our favourite things we did in Broome was visiting the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park. While it definitely left us feeling nervous and continually on the lookout for crocs for the rest of our trip, it was so interesting to see them up close!
Check out the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park here!
The Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park is open all year round, so it doesn’t matter when you plan your trip to Broome.
Highlights from our visit were the crocodile feedings, so make sure you don’t miss those! Also, make sure to be brave and hold a baby crocodile. It can be nerve wrecking but trust me, you won’t regret it!
One of the most photogenic places to visit in Broome would have to be Roebuck Bay!
We came here after visiting the crocodile park so I was definitely nervous about potential crocs lurking in the mangroves. However, it is such a beautiful location and a must-see when in Broome.
The best spot to access Roebuck Bay is via Simpsons Beach. The staircase here makes for a great travel photo. As it doesn’t always come up on google maps, I’ve included some instructions on how to get to Simpsons Beach here:
- Head south from Broome towards the Broome Port Jetty
- Turn off of Port Drive near the Hovercraft entrance
- Look for a little sign that says “Beach Access”It’s really small and looks a little makeshift!
- Follow the track and it’ll take you to the carparkYou’ll know you have the right place when you see a sign for Simpsons Beach
Just note, there is limited shade here. So if you plan on staying a while, make sure to lather up on sunscreen!
Take a Whale Watching Tour
Western Australia’s North West Region is an incredible place to take a whale watching tour. Broome is one of the best places in the world to spot the Humpback whale!
The best time to take a whale watching tour in Broome is from late June to September. You can take both daytime and sunset tours, so simply pick the option that suits your family best!
Streeters Jetty, located right off of Dampier Terrace in the Town of Broome, is a very cool spot to visit! It’s also very accessible with pathways and lots of parking available.
This is a spot I highly recommend visiting TWICE!
Once at low tide. Once at high tide.
At low tide you can watch the little red crabs and mudskippers beneath the jetty. It was lot’s of fun watching our boys try to spot them in the leftover pools of water. You can even book a tour and go mud crabbing in the mangroves!
At high tide the water comes in and boats roam the the mangroves. For this, the tide needs to be over 5m. If the tide is much higher the jetty will actually be underwater, so you’ll definitely need to check the tides before visiting.
Hot tip: Here’s a link to the best place to check the tides.
Experience Horizontal Falls
Horizontal Falls is definitely a must-see attraction from Broome. This unusual natural phenomenon is caused by tidal flows that create waterfall-like effect that moves horizontal between two cliffs.
There are several ways to experience the Horizontal Falls from Broome. You can take a scenic flight which allows you to view the falls from the air or you can experience it from the sea via a boat. There are also several tours that offer a combination of both experiences!
Staircase to the Moon
The Staircase to the Moon is a phenomenon that happens in Broome on 2-3 days of the month between March and October. If this is something you would like to experience in Broome, you’ll have to plan your trip according to the dates!
You can check the dates here!
As the full moon rises over the tidal flats of Roebuck Bay, it creates an illusion of a staircase. Popular spots to experience this free sight are from Town Beach and the Mangrove Hotel. During the first 2 days of the Staircase to the Moon, there are night markets held at Town Beach which would be a great way to make enjoy your evening.
Tours are available to help you make the most of this incredible experience! Just click the link to check them out!
Take Camel Ride on Cable Beach
You can’t have a list of things to do in Broome without including the Iconic Camels of Cable Beach!
Camel ride tours are held over sunset and are suitable for all family members! If paying to ride a camel doesn’t interest you then make sure to still head down to the beach at sunset and watch them roam past. I’d highly recommend packing a picnic dinner or ordering some pizza to go and relaxing on the beach while the sunsets.
Take a Pearl Farm Tour
Broome is considered the pearling capital of the world and originated from the pearling industry back in the 1880s. So much of Broome’s history is wrapped up in the pearling industry, including the Asian influence on Broome’s multicultural population.
Today, pearling is still a part of Broome’s economy. If you’re interested in learning about the unique process involved in pearling you can take a Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour.
James Price Point
If you’re looking for a day trip to take from Broome, then definitely head out to James Price Point!
With its red Pindan sand and towering cliffs in contrast to he beautiful blue water, it’s definitely a unique part of Western Australia. A must visit if you’re in the area.
It’s located 1.5hrs out of Broome. The roads out to James Price Point are unsealed roads, so a 4WD is advisable! However, there are people who have gone out in their vans and SUVs. If you’re planning a trip here without a 4WD it is best to enquire about the condition of the roads at the time of your visit. It’s very common, after a lot of rain, for there to be a lot of pot holes and flooded sections.
Alternatively, you can book a helicopter tour and see this incredible location from above!
What to bring:
It’s best to pack all essentials, especially water, as there are no facilities at James Price Point. Additionally, mobile reception is weak at best so make sure you come prepared and inform someone of your plans before heading out!
Don’t forget to take all rubbish back with you.
Take a Scenic Flight
If you choose not to take a tour to Horizontal Falls then you should still consider taking a scenic flight! Broome is one of those destinations that is best viewed from above!
Options include flights via plane or helicopter. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even ask for a ‘doors off’ helicopter ride! These are a great way to get a unique perspective of Broome from above.
Town Beach (Water Park)
Town Beach is a great place to relax near the beautiful blue waters of Roebuck Bay. With a grassed area it’s great for a picnic or running around with the family.
Nearby there is also the Town Beach Water Park, which is a great free attraction in Broome. The playground is closed on Tuesdays. But is open from 8:30am – 5pm for the rest of the week. Children are required to wear swimwear while enjoying the water playground.
On Thursday nights there are also the Broome Night Markets held at Town Beach from 4pm-8pm (June-September). With everything from jewellery to local produce, it’s a great place to spend the evening!
There is also a cafe located here. It’s called Town Beach Cafe so you’ll easily be able to find it! So head down for breakfast or lunch and enjoy the views over the bay.
Matso’s Brewery, best known for its ginger beer, is a must-visit attraction in Broome. While we absolutely love their Ginger Beer, we did find the food and service to be a little underwhelming.
However, it’s definitely worth a visit! On weekend there is live music, their tasting paddles make for a lot of fun and the option to sit outdoors is great for families.
Another great thing to do in Broome is to head out to Gantheaume Point.
The rocks at Gantheaume Point are a great example of the North West region of Australia. Their striking red colour in contrast with the blue ocean are absolutely stunning. We loved visiting at sunset when the colours turned softer and the weather was a little cooler.
If you visit during the day you’ll often find people jumping off the rock cliffs and lounging in the rock pools left by the changing tides.
Gantheaume Point is also home to some dinosaur footprints. However, if you’re hoping to see some you’ll need to be here when the tide is extremely low. It’s also best to go on a guided tour so they can show you where they are and what you’re looking at!
Explore Broome’s China Town
As already mentioned, Broome has a lot of Asian influence from its pearling history. Broome’s China town is a great spot for a wander, with lots of shops, pearl showrooms and places for a coffee.
We really enjoyed the Dragonfly Cafe here. The food and coffee are incredible, making it a top spot for brunch!
If you’re planning a trip to Broome, you certainly won’t run out of things to do! For those that happen to be travelling on a budget, there are also many MORE FREE things to do in Broome.