When it comes to great locations for a domestic holiday, Broome is one place that is hard to beat. Head to this part of Western Australia to uncover an amazing array of things to see and do. The following are just five great reasons why Broome should be the destination for your next break.
If you're something of an animal enthusiast, you won't be short of opportunities to connect with nature while in Broome. At the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park you'll see some of the largest crocodiles on display anywhere in the country – you can watch them be fed every day at 3pm – in addition to kangaroos, emus and other creatures.
Visit the Broome Bird Observatory and embark on guided tours of the Roebuck Bay region. Here, you'll be led through coastal stretches, bush areas, wetlands and plains by expert ornithologists who will show you an array of bird species living in their natural habitat.
Another aspect of Broome that appeals to many tourists is the chance to learn more about its association with pearls. The town is famous for being the home of the South Sea Pearl, which is regarded as the finest variety of pearls in the world, and there's ample opportunity to learn more about Broome's links with the pearling industry.
One place you can do just is at the Pearl Luggers centre. Situated in the Chinatown district, this intriguing attraction is home to two carefully-restored luggers (the type of boat used to farm for pearls) and contains a range of memorabilia once owned by the divers who risked their lives in search for pearls. You can also view a number of highly valuable pearls, including ones that have been incorporated into pieces of fine jewellery.
Broome is also a fantastic destination for keen fishers. Numerous companies offer chartered fishing trips into crystal-clear waters. Alternatively, you could embark on a kayak fishing trip where you'll paddle through the waters lying off Cable Beach before casting a line.
Spanish mackerel, barramundi and billfish are just some of the types of fish that can be caught in Broome, so you've got a great chance of reeling in a big catch!
One must-see for all those who visit Broom is the Horizontal Falls. Situated in Talbot Bay, this landmark is unlike any other waterfall in the world – largely as the water here cascades horizontally, rather than falling vertically.
Consisting of intense tidal currents that pass through two narrow coastal gorges, you can observe this majestic wonder by booking one of the chartered plane tours that fly over the waterfalls. To really experience the falls in all their glory, however, it's worth taking a ride on a high-powered boat that will guide you directly through the landmark and into the surrounding creeks and bays.
With David Attenborough describing the Horizontal Falls as "one of the greatest natural wonders of the world", this is one attraction you definitely shouldn't miss.
Last but certainly not least, Broome is a fantastic place to ride on camels. A number of companies in the town run camel tours where – upon saddling one of the majestic creatures – you'll meander along the beautiful Cable Beach and soak up astounding sea views.
For a truly memorable experience, book a camel tour that takes place just as the sun is setting, it'll be something that you'll remember forever!