Broome

Broome
31st August 2020 Safer Travel

Broome


Broome is one of Western Australia’s natural beauties. As a beach resort town in Australia’s Kimberley region, it is popular for walking along the shoreline and watching the sunset. Most popular, Cable Beach offers a picturesque view and is home to some amazing wildlife.

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Perth WA 6000
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Details


Before visiting any town or city make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.

  • Emergency Services: Triple Zero (ooo)
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Australian Dollar
  • Country Code: AU
  • Travel Visa: Required (click here for more info)
  • Population: 13,984

Risk Level


Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;

Overall Risk 20%
Pickpickets 15%
Mugging 25%
Common Crimes 20%

Travellers Tips


Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.

Emergencies


For the Emergency services just dial 000 from any phone.

Hospitals in Broome

Travelling Around


Broome is an expansive area so transport is important to consider. Town Bus Service’s run every 30 minutes during dry season and hourly during the wet season. Cycling is a popular way of getting around, with Broom Cycles being a convenient hire service. The flat roads make for a comfortable bike ride or hike. Car hire may also become an option if travelling in a group or with family.

Broome Safety

  • What are the top safety tips?

    Jellyfish: Nov-March is “stinger” season in most tropical areas of Australia. Swim between the red and yellow flags, and make sure you read signs before entering the water. If you choose to swim during this season wear a full body lycra suit. If you do get stung alert local coastguards, pour vinegar onto the affected area and call triple 000 for an ambulance.

    When withdrawing cash from ATM try to go inside the bank. Beware of withdrawing cash from cash points on pedestrian walkways. Try to withdraw small sums and don’t flash your cash around even in the bank.

  • What are the common crimes?

    Beware of pickpockets as they tend to operate in tourist areas, keep your belongings secure at all times and be careful if strangers try to make conversation or distract you as it could be an attempt to steal your valuables.

  • Are there any places to avoid?

    There are no real crime hotspots in Broome, take extra care in busy tourist areas and on the beaches, apply the usual safety precautions. Watch out for quiet areas after dark and stay in the well lit main streets.

  • How do I keep up with the local news?

Improve Your Personal Safety

Knowledge – the more you have the better equipped you are.

Awareness – the more you see the safer you become.

Response – the right reaction can change a situation.

Local Traditions


Every culture has its customs and traditions, they have been handed down the generations and are always held in high regards by the local residents.

Annual Ceremonies

Staircase to the Moon
From the middle of August to the middle of September each year a natural event called the Staircase to the Moon takes place where the Moon rises above the ocean and its reflection on the water looks like a staircase leading up to the Moon. There are also night markets in the town that attract many visitors, selling local and traditional produce.

Broome Triathlon
Each year Broome hosts the most isolated Triathlons in the world, the events takes place around late August each year and offers competitors the chance to compete in one of the most beautiful places, Broome is known for its sunsets and beaches, its a great place to train and take part in this annual event.

Annual Events


Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.

Broome Events

Beach Touch Footy
Taking place at Cable Beach, this event is great for everyone to get involved in. The beach will be transformed into an area of playing football, an opportunity to have fun and win cash prizes. A great event that the locals have put together with the Broome Touch Association.

Town Bech Night Market
Enjoy a great selection of food, shopping and live music. Head down to Town Beach to get a glimpse of this vibrant and diverse market.

Broome Pride
Celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, Broome hosts amazing events that last the week. From dance parties, parades, cabaret and drag bingo, there is something for everyone. A great way to celebrate diversity in style.

Broome Highlights

  • Are there any cultural attractions?

    Broome Historical Museum
    Offering an insightful look into Broome’s history, this museum is home to some of the most nationally significant collections. There are examples of 1890s consumer stores that celebrate the diverse history, with WW2 examples of refuge hiding spots. This is a great way to learn more about the place you are visiting.

    Chinatown Broome
    A vibrant aspect of Broome that has been in place since the 1880s. This is an iconic Western Australia town for visitors. With rows of boutiques, this is a shopping paradise. The historical influences also make this an incredible place to celebrate culture.

    Broome Courthouse Markets
    Offering an exciting display of arts and crafts, this market is open every weekend from April to October. Perfect for an afternoon of exploring and shopping, this is a perfect way to celebrate some of Broome’s talents.

  • What else is there to see?

    Lurujarri Dreaming Trail
    For a scenic walk around the coast line, this trail is a cultural emersion into Aboriginal culture. Activities along the way are all realted to its heritage. From spear-making, buck-tucker hunting and native jeweller making. This trail is a great way to have fun and learn more.

    Gantheaume Point
    A total of 6km from Broome, this lookout is a 135-million year old treasure. Perfect scenery sets for a magical sunset when the Pindan Cliffs glow. Nearby to this, lies a dinosaur footprint, something to add to the memories. A great experience of history.

  • What are the highlight attractions?

    The Broome Bird Observatory
    Located just over 20 km’s north of Broome and offers a great opportunity to see some of the local and migratory birds, its a really cool place and the tours are informative and you are almost certain to see some amazing wild life.

    Cable Beach
    One of the tops five world beaches, the sunsets are incredible and different every evening, you will also find camel rides and boat trips to help you enjoy the magnificent coast line.

    The Broome Historical Museum
    A really cool place that gives visitors the opportunity to take a unique look at the city’s history and culture, it is only open for the summer season and shows some traditional ways residents used to drive for pearls and other gems.