The best of Broome and the Kimberleys

Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle through Western Australia.

A sunset camel trek on the famous Cable Beach is on everyone’s bucket list for good reason - there’s no other experience like it in outback Australia. And there’s lots more to experience in the Kimberleys, including the spectacular Mitchell Plateau.

One of the unexpected experiences you’ll enjoy in Broome is Chinatown. It is an unusual mix of colonial and Asian architecture and a reminder of Broome's early pearling history, when many Chinese migrated here to make their fortune. The original commercial and industrial centre of the town was once busy with pearl sheds, billiard saloons, entertainment houses and Chinese eateries.

As well as good food, you’ll find some of the world's finest pearl showrooms. Make sure you visit Pearl Luggers on Dampier Terrace and tour dry-docked and restored luggers, learn more about the pearling history, watch a demonstration of the old diving gear and even get a taste of the pearl meat.

Check out the Old Pearlers Quarters (restored and heritage-listed) and the Streeter's Jetty (the original jetty for Broome-based pearl luggers). Another good place to find out more about Broome's fascinating history is Johnny Chi Lane, a small mall that connects Carnarvon Street with Dampier Terrace.

At the Broome Historical Museum you’ll discover more fascinating facts about local history, including pearling and luggers, exploitation and exploration, adventures, hardships and mateship, Asian and European riots, shipwrecks and missing diamonds, as well as the Japanese attack on Broome in World War II.

Take the short trip to the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge. Malcolm was a pioneer of crocodile protection and the daily feeding session showcases some of the largest crocodiles on display in Australia. The park also is home to colourful birds, cassowaries, dingoes (including the rare white and a black), hundreds of kangaroos and wallabies, as well as emus, jabirus, snakes and lizards.

The Mitchell Plateau is an explorer’s delight. The Mitchell Falls are among the most photographed attractions of the Kimberley. When you visit, take time to climb to Little Mertens Falls, the natural spa pools above Mitchell Falls, as well as the intriguing cave below. Then swim at Mertens Creek beneath a huge gallery of the elegant and mystifying Bradshaw rock paintings.

Explore Broome and the Kimberley region on a 15-day Kimberley Complete 4WD Guided Tour with APT. Visit the RACQ travel page or contact one of our travel consultants on 1300 096 166.