If its nature you are after and you like to unwind, then Broome is your ideal holiday. Stroll on the world famous 22 kilometres of pristine white sand that is Cable Beach, and let the clear warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean refresh you. Cable Beach offers beautiful swimming conditions through out the Dry Season, with life guards operating from April to November.
From November to May, the tropical waters around Broome can be home to the Irukandji jellyfish - a small poisonous jellyfish, no longer than a human finger. Please pay attention to warning signs around the area, and listen to instruction from surf life savers. Should you be stung by a jellyfish, wash in vinegar (vinegar stations are situated at the entrances to Cable Beach) and seek medical attention.
For a touch of local culture visit Minyirr Park in the sand dunes behind Cable Beach. Learn of the unique role the sea and river systems of the Kimberley have played in the life of the local indigenous communities. You can take a walk through Minyirr Park, a natural coastal area covering both land and sea. The three walk trails of Minyirr Park are Nagula, Lurujarri and Minyirr.
Nagula (Blue - to the ocean)
Look for the Goolil (turtle) trail marker. Approximately 20 - 30 minutes of walking
Lurujarri (Green - through the dune system)
Look for the Irrigil (boomerang) trail marker. Approximately 3 hours from Cable Beach to Gantheaume Point
Minyirr (Pindan - through the bush)
Look for the footprints of the Marala (emu man) trail marker. Approximatley 2 hours walking from end to end
On the other side of the Broome Peninsula you will find Roebuck Bay. Town Beach is a quiet, sheltered beach near the Broome town. Town Beach is a popular viewing place for Staircase to the Moon. Staircase to the Moon is a natural phenomenon which occurs when a full moon rises over the exposed tidal flats of Roebuck Bay. The Staircase to the Moon happens 2 - 3 days a month between March and October. The first two days of Staircase to the Moon generally also play host to the Staircase to the Moon markets. Here you can sample local produce, buy hand made products, a variety of international food, and enjoy the sounds of local entertainers.
Roebuck Bay is also famous for the thousands of migratory that visit it's shores each year. Roebuck Bay has the greatest diversity of shorebird species of any site on the planet and around 150,000 of these birds visit annually.
For nature of a more historical kind, nothing gets much more ancient than the 130 million year old Dinosaur Footprints which can be seen at very low tides at Gantheaume Point. Although most sights of dinosaur footprints host no more than 3 different types of footprints, footprints around Broome have identified the following species;
- Megolosauropus Broomensis
Footprints can be viewed at Gantheaume Point at tides below 2.16m. As the rocks can be slippery and steep, we recommend a high level of mobility and sturdy shoes are required. It is not recommended to attempt to find the footprints once it is dark.
With a variety of unique attractions to choose from, the only difficulty is deciding what to see or do next. For further information on activities, attractions and tide times, call the local, friendly staff at the Broome Visitor Centre on 08 9195 2200 or email us email@example.com