Broome Airport (BME)
Broome International Airport is on McPherson Street, only a kilometre west of the city’s centre. Privately owned since 1991, it is run by Broome International Airport Group. It has previously been ranked the 20th busiest airport in Australia by passengers transported. Car hire desks are operated by Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. Courtesy airport shuttle buses are offered by certain hotels, with Broome Transit also running an airport-to-hotel transfer service. In front of the departures terminal is a short-term parking lot, with free parking up to two hours. Long-term parking nearby is $13 per day.
Broome Airport has a bar and cafe, Nakamura’s. Named after a Japanese man youth who perished while seeking the area’s famous pearls, Nakamura’s is located in the middle of the arrivals and departures terminals and has a distinctively local feel.
Broome is well-known for its beaches, with fine white sand, red cliffs, and blue water of outstanding clarity. The most famous of these is Cable Beach, along which camel rides operate every day. Another unique experience is offered about three days a month between March and October, when north-west Australia’s Staircase to The Moon optical illusion appears over the Roebuck Bay mudflats. It can be viewed from several spots, with a popular local choice being Lions Pioneer Park.
Broome’s major shopping precinct is Chinatown, with Asian-style buildings a reminder of the city’s heritage.
The climate is semi-arid, and the average high and average low temperatures for January are 33.3 and 26.3 degrees Celsius, and 28.8 and 13.7 in July.
Airlines to Broome
Broome Airport is served by the airlines Qantas (Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane), Virgin (Perth), Airnorth (Kununurra) and QantasLink (Darwin and Kununurra). The busiest route overall is to Perth.