Hours: 7 Days a week 9am - 5pm
Immerse yourself in a tale of hardship, adventure and intrigue! This unique pearling insight provides the perfect introduction to Broome and should be enjoyed in the early part of your stay.
Pearl Luggers in Dampier Terrace, Broome, is centred around two original pearling luggers beautifully restored and on display in a replica tidal jetty. Your journey begins overlooking the Mangrove lined creek where 100 years some 400 luggers graced its shores. Broome was considered an ‘Outpost of the Empire’ back then and attracted adventure seekers from all over the world. They came in search of pearl shell, but were also drawn by the lure of pearl and the chance to make their riches overnight.
Tours are available every day (please call our bookings office for tour times). You will have your eyes well and truly opened as the story of the evolution of pearling unfolds. The show includes some rare archival footage of deep sea divers at work in the waters around Broome. This short black and white documentary was filmed in 1949 and contains beautiful images of luggers at sea.
Discover the real story behind Australia’s most infamous pearling town!
Pearl Luggers was developed to maintain the history of the pearling lugger, synonymous with the industry since the late 1800s, through the restoration of two wooden luggers now featured on display.
During our 1.5 hour entertaining on site tour learn about the hardships encountered by the original hard hat divers. Understand why these “saltwater cowboys” were revered as heroes as they risked their lives in pursuit of the lustrous pearl shell. Hear about the hardships encountered in the dark silent waters of the ocean and watch rare archival footage from the early 1950’s. This is one of the most captivating and entertaining historical tours on the pearling foundations of Broome.
Tours operate daily and includes a free sample of the rare pearl shell meat as a fitting finale to this 1.5 hour tour.
Adults $30, concession $25, children (6−16) $15, under 5 years old free of charge
Bookings are essential as operating times may alter due to demand.