Why visit Broome?
We love answering this question! If you’re looking for an exciting yet relaxing holiday, Broome offers diverse attractions, breathtaking scenery, and a chance to explore one of the most remote, beautiful destinations in the world.
Here, we’ll cover our favourite reasons to visit Broome so you can learn more about why this serene, exotic, gorgeous town is the perfect Australian getaway.
Top 20 Reasons to Visit Broome in 2023
1. World Class Beaches
Broome boasts some of the world’s most stunning, unforgettable beaches. Combine the scenery with the warm tropical temperatures, and Broome provides the perfect opportunity to stroll the shoreline, sunbathe, swim, kayak, paddleboard, and relax in nature.
With unbelievably clear turquoise water, pristine white sand, and stretches of intense red cliffs, tourists and locals alike love enjoying Broome’s beaches.
Along with the beach right at our resort, we also recommend visiting Roebuck Bay, Town Beach, and Reddell Beach near Gantheaume Point.
Whether you sprawl out on the sand and soak up the ample Kimberley sunshine, take a refreshing dip, or listen to the waves lapping at the shoreline, you’ll quickly fall in love with the sights and sounds of the Indian Ocean.
2. Roebuck Bay’s “Staircase to the Moon”
Another one of the best reasons to visit Broome is the natural phenomenon known as the “Staircase to the Moon”. This rare event can only be seen in a few places in the entire world.
Head to Town Beach near Roebuck Bay from March to October during a full moon for a chance to see this natural wonder. During low tide, the mudflats become exposed. When the light from the full moon hits the mudflats, it creates the spectacular illusion of stairs stretching toward the moon.
For more information about this awe-inspiring experience or for upcoming times to see the Staircase to the Moon, check the Broome Visitor Center’s Staircase to the Moon dates.
3. Sustainable Tourism
Eco-friendly resorts throughout Australia, including Eco Beach Resort, are working to accommodate the growing desire for sustainable tourism.
With our solar-powered resort and strict attention to our environmental impact combined with our state-of-the-art facilities and high-end finishes, we seamlessly blend luxury and eco-friendly into one.
From the initial design of the resort, through the construction process, and now during daily maintenance and operations, the utmost care is taken to preserve the environment and the local history.
Between our eco villas running off of their solar panels, water-saving measures, a vast bank of solar batteries, and a micro-organic wastewater system, we proudly consider our resort to be “beyond carbon neutral”.
4. Ideal Weather
What is the weather like in Broome?
The answer is simple: wet or dry!
Unlike many regions of the world that experience four seasons, Broome is known for only having a wet season and a dry season.
Although Broome has a warm, tropical climate year-round, the wet season from November to April brings extreme humidity and sudden heavy downpours.
When travellers ask us, “When should I visit Broome?”, we always respond by recommending the dry season. May to October offers consistently clear skies, cooler nighttime temperatures, less humidity, and ideal beach weather.
If one of your main reasons to visit Broome is to explore nature, you will want to travel during the dry season. The months from May to October offer the optimal time to experience Broome and everything it has to offer.
5. Adventure and Adrenaline
If you’re looking for a thrill, Horizontal Falls makes the perfect Broome day trip. This natural wonder, which the local Indigenous people call the “Horries”, occurs as a result of a massive amount of water getting forced through a narrow cliff passage. The result is the creation of a sideways flow to the water.
To experience the falls, you can book a seaplane adventure or charter a jet boat to take you right through the fall’s rushing waters! Either way, hang on tight because this Broome adventure will leave you breathless.
6. “Broome Time”
These are all words we’ve heard locals and travellers use to describe Broome.
With its relaxed vibes and laid-back atmosphere, Broome has such a distinct, chilled pace that it has earned its name: Broome Time.
When you’re in Broome, you’ll enjoy peaceful days, an easygoing pace, and a calm atmosphere so you can completely unwind and enjoy your holiday.
When you visit Broome, you’ll notice many locals and tourists socialising, swimming, strolling the shoreline, or soaking up the sun.
Whatever you choose to do in Broome, you’ll find that it is at your own relaxed pace so you can sit back and enjoy the serenity of this magical place.
7. Dinosaur Footprints
If you want a truly unique Broome adventure, head to Gantheaume Point at low tide. Here, you can see fossilised dinosaur footprints etched into the red reef rock.
Dubbed the “Dinosaur Coast”, is perfect for the family.
This exciting area is culturally and scientifically significant and has more types of dinosaur tracks than anywhere in the world, making it a local and tourist favourite.
You can also check for fossilised prehistoric plants in the rocks. Since the footprints only appear during low tide, always check local tourist information, maps, and tide timings to ensure you stay safe as you venture out over the rocks in search of the ancient tracks.
8. Courthouse Markets
Another one of the best things to do in Broome is to check out the courthouse markets. These markets are the perfect mix of history, welcoming vibes, and entertainment. Head out on Saturday or Sunday mornings from late march to October to stroll the streets lined with local produce, artwork, and interesting stalls, all built around Broome’s historic courthouse.
These multicultural markets offer:
- Live music
- Local stalls
- Food trucks
- Unique souvenirs
- Freshly roasted coffee
- Local produce
- Local art
- Handcrafted items
9. Pearling History
As you experience Broome, you will also want to dive into its rich pearling history. Home to one of the most famous pearling industries in the world, various cultures began migrating to Broome when it was established as a pearling port in the 1880s. Thanks to its pearling industry, Broome became home to Europeans, Chinese, Malaysians, Indonesians, Japanese, and Filipinos.
Still today, Broome is known for its incredible pearling industry. Several pearling farms offer guided tours where you can learn more about Broome’s pearling history, learn the difference between fake and real pearls, and watch how oysters are harvested.
The diverse and unique wildlife is another one of the best reasons to visit Broome. A simple walk amongst Broome’s mangroves and mudflats during low tide will surprise you with the amount of unique, wonderful wildlife you can see if you look closely.
Go slowly and watch carefully as you move along, looking for crabs, starfish, sea urchins, sea slugs, vibrant sea anemones, brittle stars, molluscs, or even pink sea cucumber.
Some of the larger wildlife you can experience during your Broome adventure includes:
- Whales (while you can occasionally get lucky enough to see a Humpback Whale from the shoreline, your best chance of seeing whales in Broome is by booking a whale-watching charter between July to September)
- Crocodiles at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
11. Birds, Birds, and More Birds
Along with its unique wildlife, Broome is also home to hundreds of species of birds, some of which can only be seen here.
An estimated 150,000 birds visit Broome’s shoreline every year as part of their migratory routes, making it one of the best birding spots in Australia.
If you love bird watching, head to The Broome Bird Observatory. Located on the shores of Roebuck Bay, visitors can explore the beaches, mangroves, mudflats, pandan woodlands, and savanna as they watch for migratory shorebirds and local favourites such as the Common Redshank or the brightly-hued Yellow Chat.
Watching the sun sink below the horizon as you stare out over the Indian Ocean is the experience of a lifetime. Watch as the sky fills with ever-changing brilliant hues of pink, red, orange, and purple and reflects off the ocean below.
Broome sunsets can be particularly vibrant toward the end of the dry season when massive clouds start forming as the wet season approaches.
Looking for the best spot to watch the sunset in Broome? There are endless options, but we offer the Sunset Point Sundowner so you don’t even have to leave our resort.
On this tour, one of our experienced guides will take you on a gentle hike to Sunset Point where you’ll enjoy bubbles and a cheese platter as you watch the sun descend over the glimmering waters.
Along with some of the best sunsets in the world, the clear skies of Broome’s dry season offer breathtaking stargazing opportunities.
Head out on a clear night to marvel at the unrivalled views offered by Broome’s clear, unpolluted sky. If you are used to stargazing in the city, prepare yourself for an awe-inspiring experience!
The Australian government has strict policies about light pollution, meaning Broome offers some of the best stargazing in the world. Expect to see twinkling stars, the Milky Way, and maybe even the “Emu in the Sky”, an Aboriginal constellation.
You can simply step out of your Eco-Villa here at our resort and look up on a clear night, or head to Roebuck Bay to observe the beauty of the Kimberley night sky.
14. Purnululu National Park
If you are serious about stargazing, you can also head to Purnululu National Park. During the day, explore breathtaking sights throughout Purnululu National Park, including the Cathedral Gorge. Wade into the shallow pool of water for a calming dip as you observe the massive natural amphitheatre surrounding you.
Purnululu National Park is also home to the famed Bungle Bungle Range. This iconic Australian landscape features towering black and orange striped domes that rise high above the plains.
15. Fine Dining and Unique Local Cuisine
Broome’s rich cultural heritage is reflected in the vibrant local food scene. From international cuisine to fresh local seafood to unique dishes, Broome offers some of the best fusion cuisines in the world.
With Asian, Japanese, Australian, Egyptian, Vietnamese, Greek, Chinese, and Thai influences, expect to enjoy a variety of fusion cuisine during your Broome visit, including:
- Mangoe everything (mango pizza, mango wine, mango-flavoured beer, mango cheesecake, you name it!)
- Homemade pasta
- Flavoured, exotic, hand-crafted beers
- Local delicacies
Want to experience delicious Broome cuisine right here at our resort? Our master chef whips up indulgent, inventive dishes using local ingredients, some of which are grown right here on our resort grounds.
16. Indigenous History
Before Europeans arrived in Broome, the area was home to Indigenous Australians for thousands of years. There is a strong focus on increasing the number of chances for locals and tourists to learn about Broome’s Indigenous people.
From guided cultural tours to the heritage centre to museums, there are many ways to appreciate Broome’s Indigenous people and pay respect to the area’s history.
17. The Dampier Peninsula
Various tours allow visitors to explore the Dampier Peninsula, a stunning area situated north of Broome. With white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and striking red cliffs, the Dampier Peninsula is the epitome of Broome beauty.
These areas are remote and tricker to access, making a tour the best option for exploring the Dampier Peninsula. For an exciting Broome day trip, check out the Kimberley Wild 1-Day Dampier Peninsula Adventure.
This memorable tour takes visitors into indigenous Bardi country, the pindan woodlands, and makes a stop at Beagle Bay church.
18. Diverse Culture
Broome isn’t just colourful and diverse in its surroundings, its people are unique too. Truly a cultural melting pot, Broome is home to a rich mix of beautiful cultures and people. The Yawuru people are the Native Title holders of Broome.
Head out to Broome’s courthouse markets and you’ll gain an appreciation for the diverse cultures that call Broome home. Here, Indigenous Aboriginals, Indonesian, Malay, Chinese, Japanese, and European cultures blend to create Broome’s heart and soul.
For a fascinating look at Broome’s cultural history, we recommend the Broome Visitor Center’s History Page.
During its early pearling days, many Asians migrated to Broome to work in the pearling industry. This rich cultural diversity gave rise to Broome’s historic Chinatown.
As the centre of the city, Chinatown’s convenient location makes it easy to explore. With its historic and cultural significance, Chinatown makes a perfect Broome day trip.
As you walk through Chinatown, you’ll find:
- Pearling shops
- Aboriginal art galleries
- Unique architecture
- The world’s oldest cinema (Sun Pictures)
Another one of the best reasons to visit Broome is the chance to catch a wide variety of tropical fish. Head out on one of the many guided fishing tours available and take in the sights of the picturesque shoreline while waiting to hook up a big one.
You can also enjoy guided coastal fishing right at Eco Beach Resort. Our experienced guides can help you enjoy the onshore reefs north of Eco Beach as you fish for a variety of species, including:
- Barramundi (seasonal)
- Mangrove Jack
Ready to Plan Your Broome Eco Retreat?
With its astonishing surroundings, tropical climate, and relaxed pace, Broome offers the chance to disconnect from daily stress and connect with nature instead. If you’re ready to plan your Broome adventure, we’d love to chat with you.
We offer an array of relaxing and invigorating activities right here at our resort, including swimming, sunset strolls, kayaking, guided fishing, enlightening tours, paddle boarding, guided hikes, spa treatments, and so much more!
One minute, you may be swaying in a hammock surrounded by palm trees. Or, you may find yourself seeking a dose of adrenaline on a scenic day tour. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or a bit of both, Broome has activities for every traveller.
If you’re wondering, “What to do when I’m in Broome?”, please contact us. We are here to answer all of your questions, offer assistance in planning your Broome holiday, and make sure your getaway is the trip of a lifetime.
Galiya (see you soon)!