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Around Broome

Broome Highlights

There is plenty to discover in and around Broome

-     Chinatown Once filled with bawdy saloons you can now find pearl showrooms, retail outlets and cafés.

-     Streeter’s Jetty on Dampier Terrace an original Broome jetty used by the pearl luggers.

-     On Dampier Terrace, admire two pearling luggers, the Sam Male and the DMcD and a heritage listed Old Pearler’s Quarters and the Roebuck Hotel built in 1880 and the Pearl Luggers Tour.

Luggers 3

-     View the plaques that reflect the history of Broome’s former glory by going on the Johnny Chi Lane Historic Walk (Map ref.J17)

-     Sun Pictures is the world’s oldest operating open-air picture gardens and is open for the public to view its history.

-     A Japanese Air Raids Commemorative Plaque can be found on the corner of Short and Carnarvon Streets.

-     Four life size statues are placed on Carnarvon Street – The Cultured Pearl and Hard Hat Diver Monument pay tribute to their involvement in establishing Broome as the centre of the world’s pearling industry. Also found on Carnarvon Street is the remains of the Old Lockup and Boab Tree; the original Police Station, Court House and Inspector’s Station.

-    Broome Courthouse was the original Cable House and is home to the weekend Courthouse Markets.

-    Discover 100 years of Broome’s cultural and social history at the SSJG Heritage Centre and Relationships Exhibition located in the St John of God Convent built in 1926. Entry by donation Mon to Fri from 9am - 1pm and Sat 10am -1pm.

-    Buccaneer Rock Legend says William Dampier buried treasure here.

-    A Women of Pearling statue is on Hamersley Street.

-    Broome’s War Memorial in Bedford Park, where you can also find information on the 1942 Japanese Air Raids.

-    Historical Society Museum is housed in a building built in the late 1890’s. An entry fee is applicable and opening hours vary.

-    Town Beach/Apex Park is a delightful picnic area with BBQs, children’s playground featuring water adventure area, café facilities and a boat ramp. It is an ideal spot to see the Flying Boat Wrecks . which can only be seen at tides lower than 0.86m. Lions Pioneer Park is a resting place for some of the early settlers of Broome.

-    The Japanese and Chinese Cemetery on Port Drive  is the resting place of hundreds of pearl divers.

-    Port of Broome  is an excellent place to wet a line or for launch a boat.

-    Gantheaume Point  features amazing rock formations and is also home to some of Broome’s famous Dinosaur footprints including a plaster cast of some the tracks.  Anastasia’s Pool is a small pool carved in the rock for a former lighthouse keeper’s arthritic wife. Care must be taken when exploring this area.

-    Reddell Beach is a picturesque place, especially at sunset when the light highlights the radiant reds of the rocks.

-    Minyirr Park offers three colour coded walking trails, the Lurujarri Heritage Dreaming Trail being the longest with “Lurujarri” meaning dune system. The other trails are Minyirr, meaning birthplace and Naular meaning to the ocean.  These trails are marked on the map. Be sure you have proper walking shoes and take a hat, sunscreen and water.

-    Cable Beach is 22kms of pristine white sand and clear tropical waters.  Watch the spectacular sunset over the Indian Ocean.

-    Buddha’s Sanctuary has a hand carved crystal Buddha, nearly 4 metres tall, and ornamental gardens complete with pavilion and meditation deck. Open daily from 7 - 10am and 4 - 7pm (except Monday and Thursday evenings)

OUT OF TOWN

-    Head about 20kms on the Broome Highway to 12 Mile to visit the Crocodile Park, Bird Park and Mango Place.

-    Crab Creek has spectacular bird life, with over 310 species recorded in the region and vibrant rock formations.

Manari Road – Willie Creek

You can also take a 4WD along the beautiful Dampier Peninsula coast line to Broome’s Northern Beaches including Barred Creek and James Price Point via Manari Road. These coastal areas are great for fishing, scenic drives and picnicking.

Be sure to visit Willie Creek Pearl Farm where you can discover how the rare and beautiful Australian South Sea Cultured Pearl is produced. The knowledgeable guides reveal the intricate processes of today’s modern cultured pearling industry – from the seeding of an oyster to the harvesting and grading of a pearl, right through to the final stunning product on display in the showroom. There is also a café there for a spot of lunch

 

For more information on these points of interest, and more ideas on how to spend your time in Broome, please call one of our local friendly staff on 08 9195 2200 or email enquiries@broomevisitorcentre.com.au