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A small centre of civilization in the
middle of a vast and unique wilderness,
where time moves slowly, but five-star
luxuries abound. Between May and
November there are no jellyfish and no
rain, making Broome a perfect winter
escape to chill out or get adventurous!
ENJOY... cocktails, endless beaches
and a base from which to explore the
Shire size: 56,000sqkm
Distance from Perth: 2230km
• 12-plus pearl and jewellery showrooms
to find your perfect piece
• Plenty of 4- and 5-star resorts,
boutique hotels and luxe day spas
• 15-plus art and photographic galleries
• P inctada Maxima, the famous South
Sea Pearl, is found here.
• Some of our finest artists live here.
• Cable Beach got its name from the
telegraph cable to Java (closed 1914).
• Broome suffered Australia’s second-
worst air raid on March 3, 1942.
CLIMATE In July (‘the dry’) days are
about 29oC. Temperatures rise to 34oC
or so by December, when the rain starts.
October brings ‘the wet’ but not much
rain until December.
The weather from May to October
is perfect and peak season here.
Now a renowned international
destination, expect to be mixing
it up with visitors from all over
the world. Book in advance to
get the best deals, or even to get
a room in peak season, especially
if planning to go in August for
the Broome Cup Carnival and the
magical Opera Under the Stars to
name just two events on this year’s
season lasts until October, so make
time for whale-watching. Then
in November there’s the Mango
Festival, with loads of mangoes in
the trees, and the frangipanis have
started blooming. From October/
November expect it to get hotter
and more humid, with a bit of
hit-and-miss rain early in the
season. When it does rain, it’s
typically in short bursts followed
by clear skies afterwards, so it
doesn’t have a great impact, and
the weather often breaks around
Broome, so that while the town
may be surrounded by rain, Broome
remains dry. But don’t dismiss the
rainy season. While much of the
Kimberley is difficult to traverse
at this time, the storms in Broome
are quite spectacular and it’s
something else to see the deserts
come alive when the rains arrive.
Slip into Broome-time... ride a
camel up magnificent Cable Beach.
THINGS TO DO
Broome | July to December 2010.
REASONS TO GO
ART & SHOPPING
With one of the widest ranges of
Aboriginal art in Australia, there’s no
better place to appreciate Indigenous
art and culture. Visit the bookstores
and art galleries, which feature work by
local artists, writers and photographers,
and visit one of the many jewellery
stores to admire (or buy) some local
South Sea Pearl jewellery. Broome is an
international destination, so expect to
see an eclectic array of retail shops.
Beat the heat by stripping off into your
bathers or find an isolated beach and
just strip down to nothing! Not only do
you have the stunning Cable Beach to
swim about in, but you also have your
pool. Or, if you’re lucky enough to go
on a tour of the region on one of the
many helicopter or fixed-wing tours,
you’ll have some of the world’s most
remote rock pools, beautiful billabongs
and great gorges to swim about in, too.
Exploring the wilderness in luxury is
the best of both worlds, and nothing
beats returning to your own private
paradise at day’s end. Use Broome as
the starting point for daytrips: 4WD-
ing to the Dampier Peninsula and Cape
Leveque, or taking a helicopter or plane
flight over the Buccaneer Archipelago.
It’s a true Outback experience no
matter how long you’ve got.
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