Although a mere pinprick on the colossal northwest Australian coast, Broome looms large in the Australian psyche. Broome is synonymous with exotic, tropical beaches and the outdoors.
Western Australia's isolation has served the north's largest town well, helping to preserve Broome's frontier feel despite a well-developed local tourist industry. Gourmet restaurants, all-star resorts and the nouveau riche have detracted from its outback appeal, but you can still find a unique culture unlike anywhere else in the state.
Day 1: Beautiful Broome
Spend a day getting under this balmy town’s skin. Step back in time as you visit restored pearling luggers in Chinatown and pass by old pearling masters’ homes. Browse the Historical Museum to understand how the industry has evolved since the late 1800s, when Japanese, Aboriginal and Malay pearl-divers would risk (and often lose) their lives in pursuit of this valuable treasure. Witness ancient dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point, before heading to Cable Beach. With its endless, squeaky-clean white sand and turquoise waters, Cable Beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, or – best of all – sunset camel rides. Unwind with a movie under the stars at the world’s longest-operating outdoor cinema, Sun Pictures.
Day 2: Gorgeous Gorges
The Kimberley is renown for its magnificent gorges, and Broome makes the ideal base from which to explore them. Only accessible during the dry season, the prehistoric Geikie Gorge is one of the region’s most beloved icons. Whether you’re exchanging toothy grins with freshwater crocodiles from the safety of your boat, marveling at the variety of bird life, or learning about the local Aboriginal culture on a special Indigenous river cruise, you’ll never forget this amazing natural wonder. Feeling adventurous? Hit the legendary Gibb River Road to spectacular Windjana Gorge. Jaw-dropping outback scenery, more smiling ‘freshies’ and the prospect of wading Tunnel Creek (a flooded tube tunnel) will get your heart pumping.
Day 3: Something Wild
Like your wilderness so remote it can only be reached by 4x4 or airplane? About 135 rugged miles (220 km) northeast of Broome lies the unspoiled coastline of Cape Leveque. Splashing around in its pristine waters, you’ll feel like you’re on a desert island. Nearby Lombadina Aboriginal community makes for a worthy detour, with sightseeing and mud-crabbing tours available; while Buccaneer Archipelago (sometimes known as the Thousand Islands) is best appreciated from the air. Indulge in a scenic flight for a truly mind-bending panorama of dazzling beaches, craggy red cliffs, and – wait for it – a horizontal waterfall. Don’t forget your camera!