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Interesting Facts About Broome

Broome is located at the northern tip of Western Australia. Nestled between the turquoise blue waters of the Indian ocean and the stunning Kimberley landscape, it is a true tropical oasis. With a rich cultural history and perfect climate, Broome is a popular destination for travellers. Especially Motorhomers / Rver's and Caravaners.

Broome existance is based largely on its pearling industry. The discovery of the Pinctada Maxima - the world's largest pearl oyster shell - at Roebuck Bay in 1861, saw many nationalities flock to the town in the hope of making their fortune. Europeans, Malays, Chinese and Japanese joined the local Aboriginal people, many of whom became pearl divers. Thus, the influences of the pearling industry with its cultural melting pot, has helped to create the distinctive character and charm of Broome as it is known today.

Take your rented Motorhome / RV or Camper van and visit Broome . The town has an interesting history based around the exploits of the men and women who developed the pearling industry, starting with the harvesting of oysters for mother of pearl in the 1880s to the current major cultured pearl farming enterprises.

Take a long drive and explore Cable Beach with your Motorhome.The water is crystal clear turquoise, and the gentle swells hardly manage to topple over as they roll up onto the almost perfectly flat beach. Caution, however is required when swimming from November through March as box jellyfish are present during those months. Four wheel drive vehicles may be driven onto the beach from the car park. This allows people to explore the beach at low tide to a much greater extent than would be possible on foot. Sunset camel rides operate daily along the beach.

Often called the gateway to the magnificent wilderness region of the Kimberley, this tropical seaside town simply oozes charm and character. Yet it’s not just the spectacular setting, warm summer days and balmy nights that make Broome a ‘one of a kind’ holiday destination.

You will find that Broome has two distinct seasons, ‘the wet’ and ‘the dry, each offering a vastly different holiday experience like no other.

Buccaneers Rock
Belived to be the location where William Dampier careened his ship The Roebuck. There is a plaque commemorating the event.

Broome Bird Observatory
You will need transport to get to the observatory as it lays 25 kms east of the town (15 kms of unsealed roads).
The Broome Bird Observatory is recognised as one of the 5 top locations to observe wader bird in the world.

Broome Crocodile Park
Malcolm Douglas established the Crocodile Park in 1984 while a renowned producer of wildlife documentaries and adventure films. The park now houses over 4,500 crocodiles. There is also another area which is used to farm crocodiles for their meat and skins. Please be aware that the crocodiles have not been removed from their natural habitats except where they have posed a danger to humans.

Cable Beach Camel Rides
One of the most unique experiences you can have in Broome is to take a camel ride along Cable Beach.
Each time of the day has its unique quality with an ride in the early evening probably the best for atmosphere as it offers you an opportunity to catch those incredible sunsets.

A reminder of what this town used to be. in it's early heydays. It was here that the commercial and industrial centre of the town evolved with all its pearl sheds, saloons, entertainment houses and Chinese food halls.

Bedford Park
Overlooking the spectacular Roebuck Bay. The park includes a replica of the chest that belonged to William Dampier, the discoverer of the area, the local War Memorial and numerous boab trees.

Captain Gregory's House
Built in 1917 by Capt Gregory on the corner of Hamersley and Carnarvon Streets in became his home and, being one of the most successful businessmen in the local pearling industry, it is a great example of what the richest people of the day selected as their suitable to house themselves and their families

Dinosaur Footprints
You can find footprints left behind by dinosaurs millions of years ago. Only visible during very low tide (1.5metres or lower). If the tides are too high you can always check out the casts that have been made that sit at the top of the cliffs. If you do get the chance to walk out and check the footprints please ensure you take care of the reef environment as it is very fragile and also wear think soled shoes as stonefish are known to live on the reef.

Horizontal Falls
There is only one way to really capture the grandeur of the Kimberley and that is from the air. Once you step aboard this turbo-prop seaplane you know you will experience something you will never forget.
Enjoy a relaxed flight to Talbot Bay where you will transfer to the vessel 'Rare Breed' to experience 'Horizontal Falls', described by David Attenborough as "one of the greatest wonders of the World" and experience the unbelievable tidal powers that can be found in the Kimberleys. You will be taken straight through the falls (tidal conditions permitting) - this you won't forget.

Here is small list of Tourist Park / Caravan park in Broome

  • Broome Vacation Village - Vacation Village Caravan Park offer an ideal location with accessibility to all the attractions, with a bus stop directly outside the park entrance. Just a few minutes drive will take you to Cable Beach, Port, Chinatown, Historical Museum, Chinese / Japanese Cemetery, Shell House, Town beach and gallery. Port Drive, PO Box 1545 Broome WA 6725. Phone: (08) 9192 1057
  • Palm Grove Holiday Resort - Located splashing distance from beautiful Cable Beach, Palm Grove Holiday Resort combines one of Broome's finest locations with quality accommodation at very competitive rates. With its landscaped setting and deluxe amenities, such as a swimming pool and mini golf facilities, Palm Grove is the perfect place to relax for a couple of days - or a few months.Telephone: +61 8 9192 3336 Facsimile: +61 8 9192 3306, Reservations: 1800 803 336
  • Roebuck Bay Caravan Park -Roebuck Bay Caravan Park is the closest to Broome township and handy to shops, a variety of restaurants and entertainment. Broome simply oozes with colour. It's Western Australia's secret getaway - right on the Indian Ocean's doorstep and the gateway to Australia's last frontier of pristine wilderness - the Kimberley.91 Walcott Street, Broome WA 6725, Phone: +61. 08 9192 1366

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