Broome is one of Australia's more remote beach-getaway destinations. Even though it takes some travel time to get here, the town never fails to impress tourists with its golden sunshine, lengthy beaches and chilled-out atmosphere. It's part of the beautiful Kimberley Region of northern Western Australia, so when hiring a campervan, tourists can use the town as a base to explore the region's nearby natural attractions. Of course, don't be too quick to leave Broome behind. This shimmering destination is home to some truly majestic sites, including one of the most inspiring sunsets on the planet.
Just a short distance from the centre of the town, Cable Beach always steals the spotlight when it comes to tourism. This flat, white beach is more than 20kms in length, so visitors are guaranteed to find a quiet spot, even in the peak season. Explore the beach at low tide, ride camels, or simply sit back and watch the perfect sunset here. On the eastern side of town, Town Beach is quite popular also. During certain nights, a phenomenal craft and food market opens at this spot.
On Roebuck Bay, bird-enthusiasts will find the Broome Bird Observatory, which is a scientific facility for spotting and researching migratory birds to the area. Most birds are waders, and in March/April, massive flocks begin to make their journey north, which creates quite a spectacle.
A few hours drive by campervan hire north of Broome, and tourists can reach the town of Derby. This is where Australia's largest tides are found, changing heights of more than 12 metres daily. The town jetty is the best place to see this tidal change. Further afield, the Kimberley's Tunnel Creek National Park is also worth the long day trip from Broome. Visitors will come face to face with some amazing natural scenery.
Cable Beach Caravan Park, is set just off Cable Beach, and offers guests some outstanding facilities, including pools and barbecue areas. During the peak season, it is best to book ahead.
Palm Grove Caravan and Tourist Resort is the ideal spot for an inexpensive overnight stay. It's only a short walk from Cable Beach, so families will adore this camp site.
Roebuck Bay Caravan Park stands out above the rest, as it is the only camping ground in the town of Broome with direct beach access. It's also close to shops, restaurants and cafe's, so tourists can easily stay for several days.
Western Australia may be the largest state in the country, but it only has a few main highways. In the northern region, roads are difficult to use as the wet season brings heavy rain. Therefore, driving holidays are best planned for May through to September. Like anywhere in Australia, driving with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.05 will land motorists in a lot of trouble.
- Speed limits in the city: 50kph.
- Speed limits on national roads: 100-110kph.
- Help number: 000.