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Broome is the old pearling town surrounded by the real brightly coloured jewels of the Dampier Peninsula, the Kimberley Ranges, the red desert and the bright blue, clear-bottomed Indian Ocean. And nothing else - there's really nothing but natural beauty for miles around, and it's around two thousand kilometres from here to the nearest city. The best places to stay in Broome range from the luxurious resorts of pristine Cable Beach, to campsites in the desert.
Broome's pearling heritage is what put this place on the map, and its cemeteries are a respectful reminder of all those lives lost - Aboriginal, Chinese, Japanese and Malay lives, as well as local lives - in this most romantic and tragic business. The cemetery looks out over the flats into the Indian Ocean, and it's an especially atmospheric place to be during one of Broome's mesmerising sunsets.
These days Broome is still a working pearl port, but in modern sea farms, which are definitely worth visiting if you're at all interested in their precious bits of flotsam.
The multicultural heritage of the town is pretty obvious outside the cemeteries too, there's a big Chinatown for such a small town, right on the shore of Roebuck Bay, by some of the old pearl shops and dealers, where you can still find some of the world's best pearls.
The older parts of town date from 1880, but the whole place has a weathered, lived-in feel, and elements which tackle new buildings pretty quickly. But that's what you get for building in the hard ground on the edge of nowhere.
At Gantheaume Point at low tide you can walk in dinosaur's footprints, scored deeply into the rocks even after 130 million years, and when the tides are right even more of the sea's bounty is exposed: a couple of creaking pearl wrecks, as well as some WW2 vessels, sunk in one of the few Japanese air raids on Australia.
Broome is also a great place for camel rides, surfing and watching the spectacular sunset.
- The Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa is a sophisticated spot along the endless pristine sands of Cable Beach, boasting original artwork by Sidney Nolan, a mini golf course and Australia's first L'Occitane spa. This is a large resort with 245 rooms, so there's plenty of family friendly facilities, including separate kids and adults pools.
For excellent value
- Kimberley Sands Resort and Spa offers five star facilities - think luxury rooms, marble bathrooms spa and much much more - but at exceptional prices. You can book a double room here from as little as £55 per night!
Best Hotels in Broome
Kimberley Sands Resort and Spa Cable Beach 72 rooms from $80Broome (Cable Beach)
This is the ultimate relaxation resort, with a spa, sauna and steam rooms, plus meditative garden zones. Rooms come with glorious marble bathrooms, private balconies and Nespresso machines as standard. Outdoor pool with poolside bar and restaurant serving Aussie cuisine.Sights nearby - Staircase to the MoonSpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor5* Luxury - Very high service standards.
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa 245 rooms from $162Broome (Cable Beach Road)
The most sophistocated place to stay on Cable Beach, this resort boasts original artwork from Sir Sidney Nolan and Australia's first L'Occitane spa, as well as a gym, tennis courts and a mini-golf course. A water playground and separate kids and adults pools make this a family friendly option.Spa - Australia's first L'Occitane spaSwimming Pool - Separate adults and kids poolsOutstanding locationKids Club - Fully staffed.Recommended by - Fodors
The Pearle of Cable Beach 66 rooms from $190Broome
A luxury resort situated steps away from the white sands of Cable Beach. Large, elegant rooms with private terraces and pavillions with own kitchen, dining and lap pools. A spa enables total relaxation, whilst a tropical oasis surrounds the outdoor infinity pool. Romantic with a family feel.Sights nearby - Cape Leveque Overnight camping tourWatersports - Childrens boutique water parkLocal markets - Walk the shops in China TownOther Activities - Camel rides on the beach
McAlpine House 8 rooms from $207Broome
A relaxing hotel with a slight colonial feel has eight elegant, spacious bedrooms. Stylishly designed suites feature private terrace patios and garden views. Minutes to the beach and town centre. Relax with a drink on the veranda, or chill out by the pool.Learning - Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal RefugeFishing - Hotel have info on local fishing toursOther Activities - Visit the local pearl farmSights nearby - Visit the Horizontal Falls