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PLACES TO SWIM, FISH AND PLAY
World-famous, with 22km of soft white sand and beautiful blue water.
During the dry season, hundreds of happy locals and visitors soak up
the sun and swim in the warm Indian Ocean. Don’t forget to go down to
the beach for sundowners – you’ll see hundreds of locals sitting by their
4WDs, enjoying the spectacular sunsets.
A hidden gem tucked away just north of Gantheaume Point. A part
man-made, part natural pool that sits perched on the rocky outlook and
fills up with clean seawater on each high tide. Great photos year-round:
the red rocks and milky blue water are truly spectacular.
This little-known beach was named after Captain Reddell, who was
murdered by his mutinous crew in the late 1800s. A short scramble
over the dunes between the Broome Port and Gantheaume Point and
you’re standing on a clean, white beach with stunning red-faced cliffs
(like those at Cape Leveque, without having to travel 200km to see them).
During the Wet, it’s the best spot for turtle encounters.
Opening into Roebuck Bay, Town Beach is a family favourite with a great
park. During the Dry, see the Staircase to the Moon (the moon reflecting
on mudflats creates the effect), and the accompanying night markets.
During the Wet, watch the awesome storms roll in over Roebuck Bay.
This long stretch of white sand framing turquoise water is perfect for
swimming and body-boarding. If the tides are right you can drive your
4WD about 10km along Cable Beach. Take a picnic lunch and a beach
umbrella and spend a few hours combing for shells and unusual driftwood,
or cast a line for salmon, trevally and whiting in season.
About 19km (12 miles) out of town is where most of the local produce is
grown. Malcolm Douglas Wilderness Wildlife Park is a must for kids.
The Northern Beaches
Where Broome locals head for excellent fishing, mud-crabbing and
secluded camping. About half an hour along the Cape Leveque Road, take
a left-hand turn to head west and reach the Northern Beaches. This road
can get closed by floods during the Wet.
The Horizontal Waterfalls
A one-hour light plane flight north of Broome sees you over the
spectacular 1000 rugged islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago.
The jewel in the crown of this remarkable area is a natural phenomenon
known as the Horizontal Waterfalls. The enormous tidal range causes
massive water movement to rush through two small gaps in the high
cliffs, forming the unique effect of a horizontal waterfall. For real
adventure, take a float plane which lands nearby and then zoom through
the falls on a jet boat (tides permitting).
It is a little-known fact that Broome has some of the best authenticated
dinosaur tracks found anywhere in the world. The prints are about 120
million years old and extend in patches for at least 80km along the coast.
High tide at Cable Beach.
Cable Beach is the perfect spot to take in a sunset.
Dinosaur footprints extend
for 80km up the coast.
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