Often referred to as the southern gateway to the Kimberley, this dry tropical seaside town simply oozes charm, history and character. Yet it’s not just the spectacular coastal setting, warm winter days and balmy nights that make Broome a ‘one of a kind’ destination.
You will see remains of the ancient midden on top of Kennedy Hill, next to the Mangrove Hotel, and the local tribe is Yawuru. Broome as a township was originally founded in the late 1880’s as a pearling port. Broome was lucky enough to escape the White Australia policy, and boasts a vibrant multicultural population originally lured here by the promise of finding their fortunes in the pearling industry. Koepanger, Malay, Chinese, Japanese, European and Aboriginal cultures have all blended to create a captivatingly welcoming and colourful personality that is the heart and soul of Broome. And the town seems to attract more than its fair share of artists, musicians, craftspeople and spiritual seekers of all kinds. There is something wondrous and "sacred" about Broome. The colours are extraordinary, the sandstone rocks vibrant and full of dinosaur prints. Perhaps it is because of being surrounded by water, or being on special ley lines, or the profound influence of the moon and big spring tides... who knows? Either way, many people fall in love with Broome.
Sunsets over the Indian Ocean are of course, magical, especially in the Wet Season or when there is cloud about.
Hidden Valley is pleased to direct you to the websites and contacts of some of our favourite friends, services, shopping and accommodation in Broome.
Great places to stay
- Bali Hai Resort and Spa - delightful Bali style boutique hotel in Cable Beach, self catering including BBQs and the newer rooms have huge indoor and outdoor ablutions including wonderful double baths. Bali Hai can be full but you wouldn't know it - small, peaceful, quiet, easy walk to Cable Beach. Ali & Smokey's favourite Broome hotel retreat.
- Chez Marguerites - Spacious, clean and affordable, Chez Marguerites is a separate granny flat in residential Cable Beach. Walk or drive to the beach or Chinatown, or just relax in garden surroundings. Bus stop, Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre, and TAFE are a short walk away, as are bush walks through remnant rainforest and sand dunes. Run by friend Carolyn Muir.
- Naturopath and Bowen therapist Judy Crawford who works out of Broome Thyme (near Coles) 0414 828 759
- Rolling Pearls Massage (Fabrizia) 0406 253 003
- Heaven Sent Massage (Sharon O'Brien) 0411 301 304
- Massage & Day Spa - Bali Hai Resort and Spa
- Massage & Day Spa - Coco Beauty Broome (08) 9192 6232
- LivVie's Massage, Bowen & Bioenergetics 0467 244 884
- Remedial Massage (Narelle Loseby) 0414 567 566
- Thai Massage (Sasipat Silanen) 0488 030 445
- Living Hands Massage & Yoga (Susie Quick) 0407 479 965
- Pearl Coast Chiropractic (Andrea Hudek) (08) 9192 1018
- Olu Hair & Beauty Studio 0455 896 555
- Broome Thyme ‘an eclectic store located in Paspaley Plaza focusing on natural health and sustainable living and supporting local artists and small stockists. We sell supplements and health products, natural skin and hair care, gifts, jewellery, local products, baby wear, environmentally friendly products, gift cards, books and much more.’ Run by Ann Timperley. 08 9192 3524
- Monsoonal Blues - Beautiful gift shop stocking all your gifts and homeware needs. Run by Julie and Cliff Russell. 6 Short Street over the road from the Paspaley Centre. (08) 9192 3277
- Moontide Distillery - not a shopping venue but a Broome inspired Gin distillery just around the corner from our shop in Blue Haze. Run by the wonderful Trish & Andrew 0407974492
- Broome Visitors Centre - you can't miss the sleek new building on your left as you drive into town.
- Broome Museum - well worth a visit, has a new dinosaur display area and lots of great historical videos.