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Broome is located at the Southern gateway to the Kimberley and is a small town where bush meets the sea. Full of history and many characters, Broom is on the edge of the last great unexplored wilderness areas in the world. This is a place to ‘let yourself go’. The turquoise blue waters to the vast cattle stations that are larger than some countries in Europe, the beauty of the surroundings are breathtaking.
William Dampier’s first visit to ‘New Holland’ in 1688 began the dramatic changes to this region with the found of a pearling port over 100 years ago. The local indigenous peoples in Dampierland later known as Broom were exploited and used in the pearling operations. Today, Broome’s multicultural population span many cultures such as Koepanger, Malay, Chinese, European and Indigenous.
The blend of cultures has created a friendly and captivating personality to Broome. The pearling industry still exists today with the South Sea Pearls recognised as the best in the world. Explore Broome to discover the rich history that compares to these gems from the sea.
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holidays - Top Events
Exciting events occur throughout the year in Broome. A visit to Theatre Kimberley will ensure an entertaining time. Worn Art September showcases the local art community and develops local artisans’ skills. The Youth Theatre, circus, physical theatre training and theatre productions provide an enjoyable experience.
September seems to be the month of magic for Broome. Prepare to be mystified when you go to the ‘Staircase to the Moon’. Against the backdrop of Roebuck Bay on a very low tide, a natural phenomenon will occur. The full moon reflecting off the exposed mudflats create an astonishing optical illusion. A staircase reaching to the moon! This naturally occurring events appears between March and October.
From 1970, Broome’s Festival of the Pearl ‘Shinju Matsuri’ has been showcasing Broome’s beauty, history and community to the world. The town comes alive each September with 10 days of festivities celebrating Broome’s pearling legacy. The Opening Ceremony of waking ‘Sammy the Dragon’ after his year long slumber is noisy, colourful and exciting. The ‘Carnival of Nations’ that follows is a blend of over 50 nationalities showcasing their traditional culture through dance, music and food.
holidays - How to Get There
Four airlines provide flights to Broome. AirNorth provide flights from Darwin via Kununurra. Qantaslink service Broome with three direct flights daily from Perth and weekend flights only from Sydney and Melbourne. Skywest connects with Broome with flights from Perth, Darwin, Kununurra and Exmouth. Virgin Blue provide daily flights to Broome from Perth and Adelaide with connection flights to all other capital cities and many regional centres.