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Travel Guide Oceania Australia Western Australia Kimberley Broome

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Introduction

Cable Beach

Cable Beach

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Broome, located in the Kimberley region, is a popular tourist and pearling town in Western Australia. During the summer months it swells with visitors from the colder parts of Australia.

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Sights and Activities

  • Cable Beach is a 22.5-kilometre-long white sandy beach. The camel rides at sunset are particularly popular with tourists.
  • The Broome Bird Observatory allows visitors to study the migratory birds that stop by here.
  • Willie Creek Pearl Farm is situated 38 kilometres north of Broome, with the creek providing a growing environment for the Pinctada maxima oyster which produces South Sea Pearls. The farm is open to the public, with information about the pearling industry provided, and a cruise on Willie Creek to view the pearl farming operations.

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Events and Festivals

Staircase to the Moon - From March until October the phenomenon called Staircase to the Moon occurs, due to the full moon rising and reflecting off the exposed mudflats at extremely low tide, which creates the illusion of stairs reaching to the moon.

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Weather

The winter months of May to November are dry and have a fairly consistent average maximum temperature of around 30 °C. These are the popular months to visit. During the sweltering summer months from December to March, the average maximum temperature reaches 35 °C and is accompanied by high humidity and erratic tropical downfalls. Most visitors stay away from Broome during this time.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max33.2 °C32.8 °C33.9 °C34.4 °C32.1 °C29.4 °C29.1 °C30.3 °C31.7 °C32.9 °C33.6 °C33.5 °C
Avg Min26.5 °C26.1 °C25.5 °C22.7 °C18.2 °C15.2 °C13.7 °C14.7 °C18.8 °C22.7 °C25.5 °C26.5 °C
Rainfall190.6 mm201.3 mm110.1 mm28.6 mm15.7 mm14.6 mm9.9 mm1.5 mm1 mm0.5 mm9.9 mm76 mm
Rain Days1112.58.32.51.81.40.90.50.40.21.26

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Getting There

By Plane

Broome International Airport (BME) provides links to Perth, Darwin, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney as well as several smaller regional towns. [http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airlines/flights-to-broome/economy/global/en
|Qantas]], Virgin Blue, Skywest and Air North are the main carriers.

By Car

Travelling from Perth, drivers can either take the Great Northern Highway, inland road through Newman or the North West Coastal Highway via Carnarvon and Karratha. Be aware that the trip is over 2,000 kilometres.

By Bus

There is a daily Greyhound service to/from Darwin and Perth.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

There is a bus service (Town Bus Service) operating seven days a week connecting Cable Beach with the main Broome town.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Beaches of Broome4 Sanctuary Drive Cable Beach,Hostel86
Reflections B&B-
Buckley's Bush Retreat-
Coco Eco-
The Lounging Lizard-
Broome Oasis B&B-
BroomeTown Boutique Accommodation-
McAlpine House55 Herbert StreetHotel-
Old Broome Guesthouse-
Broome's Gateway-
Demco Bed and Breakfast-
Asrama B&B-
Captain Talboys-
Red Emperor B&B-
Stress Less Cottage-
Coconutz-
Pardoo RoadhouseGreat Northern Highway, PardooHostel-
Broomes Last Resort2 Bagot StreetHostel-
Kimberley Klub YHA62 Frederick StHostel-
Derby Lodge and Backpackers15 Clarendon Street, DerbyHostel-
Kimberley Croc Backpackers120 Konkerberry Drive, KununurraHostel-
Port Smith Caravan Park-
Roebuck Plains Roadhouse-
Broome Vacation Village-
Munget Aboriginal CorporationDampier Peninsula-
Karijini Eco Retreat-
Mornington Wilderness Camp-
Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat-
APT Kimberley Wilderness Camps and Short Breaks-
Broome Bird Observatory-
Kooljaman at Cape Leveque-
Habitat Resort Broome-
Mercure Inn Continental Broome1 Weld StreetHotel-
Pinctada Cable Beach-
The Kimberley Grande-
Best Of The Kimberley-
Broome Motel-
Roebuck Bay Hotel/Motel-
The Mangrove Resort Hotel-
Bali Hai Resort & Spa-
Rendezvous Sanctuary Resort-
King Sound Resort Hotel-
Kununurra Country Club Resort-
Mercedes Cove ACCMercedes CoveCabins-
Kelk Creek-
Cable Beachside Resort-
The Pearle-
Bayside Holiday Apartments-
Broome Stay Pty Ltd-
Moonlight Bay Suites52 Carnarvon StreetApartments-
Ocean Lodge-
Broome Beach Resort-
Cable Beach Club Resort-
Cocos Beach Bungalows-
Palm Grove Holiday Resort-
Seashells Resort Broome-
The Frangipani-
Lombadina-
Mango Camping GroundCnr Robert and Walcott StreetCampsite-
Kimberly Klub YHA62 Fredrick St P.O. Box 2144HOSTEL78
Roebuck Bay BackpackersCarnarvon St PO Box 97Hostel76
Cable Beach Backpackers12 Sanctury RoadHOSTEL76

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.

References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -17.955123
  • Longitude: 122.241457

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