aerial view from helicopter of cygnet bay with white sand and green coloured water

Broome Travel Guide 2024

Perth to Broome

Broome is over 2,200 km from Perth and will take 24 hours of driving to get you there by the most direct route.

This Perth to Broome road trip itinerary provides different routes and ideas depending on the time you have.

If this doesn’t take your fancy, the alternative is to fly. Our flight was with Virgin Australia for the two and a half hour flight from Perth to Broome.

If you are lucky enough to fly business class with Virgin, you will have access to the Virgin Australia Business Lounge.

Broome International Airport

Broome only has one airport, so you will still land at Broome International Airport even if you are flying domestically.

It’s a small airport, and as we came into land, we saw the Virgin Australia crew waiting for us on the tarmac.

Despite being small, there are ATMs in the Arrivals Terminal and Departure Terminal, showers in the Departure Lounge toilets, free Wi-Fi and a bar/ café.

a small building at broome airport
Broome International Airport

Broome Airport to Cable Beach

There’s a company that offers a shuttle service from the airport to Cable Beach, but it was cheaper for us to get a taxi. The taxi rank is just outside the exit, and we didn’t have to wait long for one to turn up.

If you don’t have much luggage, the Broome Explorer Bus stops in Frederick Street close to the airport and stops in several places in Cable Beach.

Broome Weather & Best Time to Visit

Broome is made up of two distinct seasons; wet and dry. The dry season is from around April to September, when it will be warm days and blue skies. The wet season will see the humidity rise with the odd thunderstorm and downpours. Monsoon is usually between January and March, when you might experience a cyclone and flooding.

I recommend visiting in the dry season, but try to avoid the school holidays when Broome is at its busiest and prices soar. Also, you won’t be able to swim in the ocean during the wet season due to the jellyfish.

Try to time your visit for Staircase to the Moon.

sunset over rocks and ocean cable beach broome is one of the best things to do in broome
Cable Beach

How Long to Stay in Broome

We stayed in Broome for eight nights, which was the right amount of time for us. However, it will depend on how many tours in Broome you want to do and whether you decide to hire a car. We spent most days out and about, but if you like to take things easy, you may need a bit longer.

Broome Accommodation

We stayed at Broome Beach Resort in Cable Beach and found it great for families and good value. The iconic Mangrove Hotel overlooking Roebuck Bay is a good option for staying in Broome town.

Or see what Broome accommodation is available for your dates here.

Caravan Parks are often booked out during peak times, so make sure you book well in advance to camp there.

Where to Eat in Broome

You can check Tripadvisor for the latest top places to eat in Broome, but these were our favourites:

45. Divers Tavern

What’s better on a hot day than an ice-cold beer? Head to Divers Tavern, one of the most popular venues in Broome WA, for a drink and/or food. Located just across from Cable Beach, you can visit the beach bar, sports bar, or Divers Bistro.

We visited here a few times during our stay for drinks and dinner.

There’s also a bottleshop attached to Divers Tavern where you can buy alcohol and soft drink.

calamari and salad at divers bistro

Dragonfly Café

The Broome breakfast was delicious and very filling. The coffee was also great, as were the mango smoothies. It gets busy here, but the service is still excellent. I recommend having breakfast or lunch here if you are in Broome town.

a full english breakfast in dragonfly cafe broome
Dragonfly Cafe breakfast Broome

Cairo Café

Our daughters said these were the best kebabs they have ever had, and I agree. The kebab was huge, very filling and great value.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo (I think we were all too hungry!). We will never forget our lunch here, though, as the earth literally moved. We were sitting outside, eating our kebabs, and then it felt like someone was shaking our chairs violently. All the shop owners came running out and said it was an earthquake. It went on forever and was frightening as we didn’t know if it would get worse or how long it would go on.

We later found out a magnitude 6.6 earthquake occurred 210 km off the coast of  Broome and was equal to the largest recorded in Australia.

Divers Tavern Beach Bar

Divers Tavern is a great Aussie pub in Cable Beach and is a popular place for dinner and catching up with friends, so make sure to book ahead. We ate here three times as the food was great and provided good value for money.

Broome Travel Guide 2024
The front of Divers Tavern – we ate in the bistro area

Green Mango Café

A popular café in town, open for breakfast and lunch. The breakfast was delicious, and the coffee was good.

cafes lining the street of broome
Green Mango Café

Fresco Hut

If you want a delicious mango smoothie, try the Fresco Hut in Paspaley Plaza. These were the best we have had for ages. They also do freshly squeezed juices, gelato, vegan cakes, and bliss balls.