Broome is an exotic pearling town at the western gateway to The Kimberley region of Western Australia, with a history and culture as vibrant as its landscape. Situated in the State’s far north, a two and a half hour flight from Perth, it’s an oasis of colour, culture and characters. Here you can shop for exquisite Broome pearls or rare pink diamonds, or ride a camel into the sunset along the pure white sands of Cable Beach. You can also visit sites where dinosaurs once roamed or go bird-watching at world-renowned Roebuck Bay.
Two of Australia’s greatest 4WD Hire Adventures can be found here: The Savannah Way between Broome and Darwin via Kununurra and the 660 kilometre Gibb River Road. Derby, east of Broome, is the base for exploring the Buccaneer Archipelago – a thousand or so islands scattered across the Timor Sea.
The Kimberley is larger than the states of Victoria and Tasmania put together, and driving distances between major towns are long, so you’ll need to plan plenty of time for your visit. Kununurra, or ‘big water’ in the local Aboriginal language, is more than 1000 kilometres from Broome. Here you’ll find the mysterious beehive-shaped rock formations of the Bungle Bungles in World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park, the rugged gorges of the Mitchell Plateau and Horizontal Falls and the amazing Gwion (Bradshaw) Aboriginal rock art, some of the oldest on earth. The vast blue skies, fiery red soil and rugged bush landscape of Broome and its surrounds bring to life the best of the Australian outback.
Town, Community and Culture
Year-round sunshine, the vibrant red earth meeting the turquoise Indian Ocean, Cable Beach’s almost empty 22 kilometres of white sand, spectacular sunsets, Asian influences and indigenous heritage all combine to make Broome one of Australia’s most exotic and romantic towns. Thanks to the pearling industry, Broome was multicultural 100 years before most of Australia. The lure of pearl shell drew Europeans, Chinese, Malaysians, Indonesians, Japanese and Filipinos from the 1860s onwards.
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Meet camels and characters in Broome, an exotic pearling town that sits at the western gateway to the Kimberley. Buy pearls and soak up the melting pot of nationalities in Chinatown, once the bustling hub of billiard saloons and opium dens. Ride a camel along the white sand of Cable Beach, the place to watch a blazing sun sink into the Indian Ocean.
Cable Beach, at Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, is a 22 kilometre-long stretch of pure white sand, set against a backdrop of red ochre cliffs and fringed by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Ride a camel along the beach at sunrise or sunset. Just a short trip from Broome, immerse yourself in the town’s romantic pearling history and multicultural society. Shop for precious South Sea pearls. Marvel at the natural phenomenon of the Staircase to the Moon. Learn about one of the oldest cultures on Earth from the local Aboriginal community. From pearl diving to dinosaur footprints, Broome’s history is captivating.
While the sunsets over Broome’s Cable Beach are justifiably famous, on the other side of the peninsula, between March and October, there’s another spectacular natural phenomenon involving the moon. It occurs for two to three days a month as the full moon rises, lighting a staircase-like path, across the mudflats in Roebuck Bay. It’s best viewed from Town Beach and the “moon market”.
Cape Leveque is a remote and isolated paradise hidden away on the most northerly point of the Dampier Peninsula, in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. Resplendent with sparkling waters and rich red cliffs, it is truly isolated from the rest of the world and only accessible by air or four-wheel drive from Broome. Cape Leveque has a strong Aboriginal heritage, which dates back some 7000 years. Kooljaman at Cape Leveque is one of a number of deliciously indulgent eco-resorts, dotted across this spectacular landscape. This unique wilderness style luxury camp is jointly owned by Djarindjin and One Arm Point Aboriginal communities. Here you can immerse yourself in the Australian Outback and enjoy a wide range of nature based and indigenous cultural experiences.
There are only two horizontal waterfalls on Earth and you can look wide-eyed and open-mouthed upon both of them at Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago of Australia’s North West. The white waters are thrilling to ride by boat and awe-inspiring to view from the air. Join a scenic flight or sea safari to the Horizontal Waterfalls from Kooljaman in Cape Leveque, Broome or Derby to see and experience it for yourself. So, what makes the water fall sideways? These incredible natural wonders are the work of some of the largest tidal movements in the world. As the tide ebbs and flows, a huge volume of water is forced through two narrow cliff passages, creating a variation in ocean level of up to four metres and a unique waterfall effect.
Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs at Gantheaume Point, near Broome. Here, preserved in the reef rock for over 125 million years, are the footprints of long-extinct dinosaurs and a few plant fossils too, making it one of the best paleontological sites in the world. Situated just five minutes’ drive from Broome, the footprints are only visible at low tide. However, you can view plaster casts of the dinosaur tracks embedded at the top of the cliff if the tide is high. Check tide times at the visitor centre in Broome before your head out to the point.
Tackle one of Australia’s greatest four-wheel-drive adventures on this 660-kilometre journey through the vast Kimberley. See freshwater crocodiles in the Windjana Gorge National Park and swim, bushwalk and camp at Lennard and Bell Gorges. Take a scenic flight over Mitchell Falls and the vast Mitchell Plateau. Stay on the one million acre El Questro Wilderness Park. From here you can go horse trekking, get up close to Kimberley wildlife and boat down Chamberlain Gorge past towering escarpments and Wandjina rock art. You could even take in the sights on a mountain bike for the Brisbane to Broome Charity Bike Ride. However you take on this outback challenge, remember it’s one that needs planning.
Ride a camel at sunset down Broome’s Cable Beach and soar over the towers of the Bungle Bungle Ranges. Cruise huge Lake Argyle and see tides taller than a building in the Buccaneer Archipelago. Four wheel drive the Gibb River Road past gorges and mighty rivers, or follow the red-dirt track from Broome to the remote Dampier Peninsula. Welcome to the Kimberley – a world of vast horizons, ancient gorges, weird rock formations, welcoming rock pools and golden beaches.
Nestled in the far north-west of Western Australia, the Bungle Bungle range in the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park is one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. For more than 350 million years, nature’s forces have shaped these mysterious geological features in this prehistoric landscape. Apart from the local Kija Aboriginal community, few people knew they existed until the 1980s. The giant orange and black striped domes rise out of the ground creating a bewildering landscape unlike anything you have ever seen. One of the best ways to appreciate the scale of this natural wonder is on a scenic flight. As you sweep over the range, the intricate maze of tiger-striped domes reveal a hidden world of narrow, sheer-sided gorges lined with majestic palms and seasonal waterfalls and calm pools. According to Aboriginal Dreamtime legends, the amazing beehive-like domes that form the Bungle Ranges were created by the Rainbow Serpent as she slithered across the landscape. Aboriginal people have used the area for their sacred rituals for around 20 000 years.
This May, head to Kununurra for the Ord Valley Muster, a vibrant two-week celebration of East Kimberley life. You’ll join thousands of friendly locals at more than 50 events across the region’s rugged and magical landscapes. Dress up for a 4WD adventure bash, swim across Lake Argyle or mountain bike along the Gibb River Road. Taste fresh Kimberley produce and enjoy Aboriginal music and dance. Get swept away in a street party, dig for diamonds or watch rough-riders at a rodeo. Not-to-be-missed is the Kimberley Moon – the flagship music concert on the banks of the Ord River. It’s a three hour flight north from Perth to Kununurra, the gateway to the wild, sweeping landscapes of the Kimberley. The region is most famous for its striking natural attractions such as the beehive-shaped towers of the Bungle Bungle range, vast Lake Argyle, the Ord River and cascading waterfalls of the Mitchell Plateau. Harder to portray on a postcard is the warmth, hospitality and maverick attitude of the locals – traits you’ll fully appreciate during the Ord Valley Muster.
4WD Travel, Adventure and Camping
The wide open wilderness areas and warm climate of the Kimberley and Pilbara regions make them ideal destinations for caravan and camping holidays. Major town centres have a range of caravan parks and camping grounds. The main season is between May and September, so you need to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Start planning your holiday with Broome 4WD Hire and search for Kimberley and Pilbara caravan parks and camping grounds.
National Park Camping Sites
National Parks have serviced camp areas, many with onsite rangers, designated generator and non-generator sites, fresh water, toilets and shower facilities. These areas may have restrictions on length of stay and park fees may apply. See the Department of Parks and Wildlife website for more information about national park camping sites and fees. There can be huge distances between townships so you may have to camp on private properties or Aboriginal lands, make sure you obtain permission and permits before entering the area. Some roads are not suitable for towing a caravan and there are camping restrictions in certain areas. Please check road conditions and permit requirements with the local visitor centre before you set off on your journey.
Due to the remoteness you are advised to follow some simple caravan and camping tips. For more travel advice, see the road safety section. Broome 4WD Hire welcomes you to explore one of the most pristine places on the planet.
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Some sections of roads are suitable for 4WD vehicles only. Take plenty of water on all Outback Trips. Check distances and driving conditions and ensure you have adequate fuel at all times. Remember Outback Rule “Number 1” – if your Vehicle breaks down you MUST stay with your Vehicle for safety reasons. Required driving times for 4WD on unsealed roads are longer, ensure you allow adequate time. During the ‘wet season’ from October to April, vehicles can not access the 4WD only / unsealed roads. Plan your itinerary in advance to avoid disappointment.