Western Australia is having a much-deserved moment in the spotlight and Broome, with its stunning beaches, exotic camels, dinosaur fossils and swirling orange sunsets, is one of those places that you could spend day after day exploring. But, if you only have a couple of days to spare then here’s our pick of the top things to do in 48 hours in Broome.
9am: Check in at the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Set on 23 acres of land, this tropical oasis provides an idyllic backdrop for couples and families looking for a relaxing holiday in easy reach of everything that Broome has to offer. As the only resort situated actually on Cable Beach, this place really is something special.
The resort was originally founded by a lord in typical Australian fashion, by signing a contract on the back of a beer coaster. The resort itself is styled to reflect the Asian and colonial influences of Broome with rooms that feature painted lattices and corrugated iron that are designed to be at one with the natural environment. Around the resort’s grounds, you’ll see local wildlife like kangaroos while the ocean is mere steps away.
11:00am – Go for a coastal walk with your camera
Broome is beautiful from every angle and we recommend heading out with your camera to capture some of this spectacular coastal scenery. The rich red, rocky soil from the outback set against the ocean’s blue and white sandy beaches creates some unbelievable shots. Plus, you may even come across some dinosaur fossil footprints.
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1:00pm – Lunch at Zanders
Stumble off the beachfront and straight into Zanders for a lunch with some of the best views in town. Serving Australian cuisine with French influences, expect share plates like barramundi croquettes with panko crumbs and wasabi mayonnaise; a squid salad with radish and wakame; an Exmouth prawn bucket with sauces; and parmesan garlic pizza bread.
2:30pm – Hovercraft experience on Roebuck Bay
Join Broome Hovercraft, the only hovercraft tour company in the southern hemisphere, for a unique experience over the mysterious waters of Roebuck Bay. A tour with this company will take you to see a variety of dinosaur footprints located in intertidal zones that are best reached via hovercraft. On the way, you’ll get to glide across the water and might even get to see a stingray or two leap out of the waves.
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9:00am – Breakfast at The Zookeepers Store
Located just a five-minute walk from Cable Beach Club, The Zookeepers Store is a charming local cafe that serves up colourful dishes from 7am each day. Standout brekkie items include the blueberry pancakes with orange curd and coconut mascarpone; the keeper’s benedict with pancetta and smashed avo; and the crunchy zoo granola with wattleseed pannacotta, fresh fruit and raspberry gel.
11:00am – Helicopter Ride to Willie Creek Pearls
Broome’s pearl industry began in 1881 and was the main reason the town became a melting pot of cultures. By the early 20th century, Broome was supplying 80% of the world’s pearls and Willie Creek Pearls offers travellers a comprehensive pearl experience. Guests can soar over the spectacular landscape in a helicopter before landing at the farm where they can learn how pearls are born from an oyster, what makes a good pearl and how long the farming process takes, before having the opportunity to purchase a local pearl.
3:00pm: Spa treatment at Chahoya Spa by L’Occitane
Giving a nod to the multi-cultural heritage of Broome, Cable Beach Club’s heavenly spa is the only L’Occitane spa in the whole of Australia. Indulge in world-class pampering with spa treatments like anti-ageing facials, shea butter massages, almond reshaping body wraps and Vichy rain showers.
“The treatments that we do here are very therapeutic. They’re designed to heal mind and body at the same time so that guests leave feeling very relaxed and rejuvenated.” – Rebecca Snadden, Cable Beach Club.
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5:00pm – Camel safari on the beach
In Broome, you’ll want to catch the sunset every night during your stay and there’s no more memorable way to do it than with a camel ride along the peaceful shoreline of the beach. You might wonder how the camels arrived in Broome, well, it’s all down to a man named Abdul Casley who came to town in 1983 with eight camels…and the rest is history.
7:30pm – Dinner at Sunset Bar & Grill
Head back to Cable Beach Club for a relaxing dinner at the Sunset Bar & Grill where every meal is a special occasion because of the breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a cocktail or two over a shared seafood platter or simply head there for dessert with sweet treats like strawberry melba with poached pear; and chocolate and hazelnut slice with lavender soil on the menu.
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