There’s no shortage of things to do and sights to see in the popular Kimberley town of Broome. Perhaps best known for its stunning white beaches and incredible sunsets, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Broome each year to experience the serenity firsthand. Here are a few activities that will help you make the most of the stunning waters surrounding Broome on your next visit:
Swim at Cable Beach
Cable Beach is world-famous for its white sands, turquoise waters, and stunning sunsets. If you’re visiting during the dry season (May to October), a swim at Cable Beach should be high on your ‘to-do’ list. Just be mindful that the tide can change very quickly – so keep belongings out of the reach of the waves, and ensure you listen to the surf lifeguards.
Be mindful when planning your trip – the stinger season coincides with the wet season, from November to May. It’s often advised tourists avoid swimming at Cable Beach during the height of stinger season – check with the surf lifeguards if you’re unsure.
Each year tens of thousands of humpback whales make their annual migration from the cold Antarctic waters to the warm waters of the Kimberley region to calve. These gentle giants can be seen breaching, playing, and teaching their calves to swim in the waters around Broome from late June to early October.
Whale watching in Broome is a sight that needs to be seen to be believed. Whale watching charters typically run every day during the whale season (weather permitting), so you should definitely try to squeeze in a cruise on your next visit. The kids will be blown away by the sheer size and majesty of the whales, with Broome playing host to one of the largest populations of Humpback whales worldwide.
Whale watching charters are informative and engaging, usually offering on-board activities to keep the littlies entertained, with comfortable seating for the adults and several viewing platforms.
Whether you’re a seasoned fisherperson or you want to give fishing a go for the first time, taking part in a broome fishing charter is a great way of getting out into the sea and experiencing the rich Kimberley waters firsthand.
Fishing charters generally cater to all ages and levels of expertise and supply all necessary equipment and baits (though you can use your own gear if you prefer). The kids are encouraged to get involved too, sharing a line with a parent if they’re a little unsure.
Not only will you catch a whole range of different fish, but you’re sure to spot other wildlife while out on the water, like turtles, sea snakes, and possibly dolphins.
Paddle at Town Beach
Enjoy a nice swim at calm Town Beach, or sit on the grass and watch the kids play in the mudflats left behind at low tide. Again, just be careful, as the tide can move very quickly. There are lovely shady spots to sit for a picnic just off the shore, with amenities close by.
Extensive tidal flats at Town Beach are where you can witness Staircase to the Moon a few nights a month between March and November. If you plan on seeing this natural phenomenon, make sure you check the dates before you book your trip. It gets pretty busy on Staircase to the Moon nights, but the atmosphere is electric and full of excitement. Check out the Moon Markets if you’re visiting during Staircase to the Moon, just off Town Beach.
Sunset Dolphin Cruise
You can’t beat a sunset cruise out on the turquoise waters, spotting the unique Snubfin dolphins as the sun goes down. On this relaxing cruise around the stunning coastline, you will get up close and personal with the beautiful creatures as you take in the surrounding scenery. A dolphin cruise is a great way of seeing Roebuck Bay, Reddell Beach, and Gantheaume Bay while exploring the diversity of the natural flora and fauna.
Informative and engaging, these cruises are perfect for the whole family. Your cruise will have plenty of space on the viewing platforms so you won’t be competing for a view and will allow you to see the unique Snubfin dolphins no matter which side of the boat they appear on.
The rich waters and beaches surrounding Broome are always evolving, with very fast tidal changes, and native flora and fauna thriving depending on the season. Even if you’ve been to Broome before, you’re sure to get a different experience each time. During your next visit to Broome, enjoy getting out onto the water on a cruise to spot dolphins or whales, have a swim at iconic Cable Beach, or try your hand at fishing. Broome is a top tourist destination for a reason – it truly has so much to offer!