What's up Broome

What's happening and what's new in Broome. Regular posts of events, tours and experiences that are #SoBroome

You know you’re in Broome when everyone’s waiting for the humpbacks

Friday, June 21, 2019
“When are the whales due here” I ask. “They’ll be here on July 1” said the young woman confidently. I had no idea whales were so punctual, and doubt that they are. The young woman was talking about when their whale watching tours started but I enjoyed imagining all the whales arriving on the same day. Each January, about 60,000 humpback whales leave the icy cold, food-rich waters of Anta ..

You know you're in Broome when you can visit Derby for the day.

Saturday, June 08, 2019
Broome people have a friendly rivalry with Derby people for many reasons. They think we stole their Boab trees and they have established an imaginary boundary just west of the Fitzroy River. According to them, anything south-west of that boundary is in the Pilbara. They’re funny that Derby mob! Australia is renowned for great rivalries. There’s Sydney versus Melbourne, West Coast Eagles versus ..

You Know You're in Broome When the Visitors Turn Their Back on the Sunset

Saturday, May 04, 2019
Broome is famous for many things and one in particular is its amazing sunsets. Many people visiting Broome will see the sun setting into the Indian Ocean for the first time of their lives. Living in Australia’s big cities on the east coast the usual experience is to see the sun set over suburbia. Some of the more adventurous might make an early morning visit to the beach to watch it rise out o ..

You Know You're in Broome When You See Space Gandalf at the Markets.

Saturday, April 27, 2019
With his long whispery white beard that always points to the Southern Cross, Space Gandalf is one of the great characters of Broome. Also known as The Starman, Greg Quicke is something of a legend in Broome. He arrived here way before his beard started to grow and judging by its length, that was a long time ago. Greg is one of those rare people who can turn his hand at almost anything and figu ..

You Know When You're In Broome When You Witness the World's Greatest Migration.

Friday, April 12, 2019
Broome’s multicultural community is a positive reflection of the migration that has led to modern Australia. People migrated to Australia from all over the world. In Broome the migration was mainly Asian and provided labour for the pearling industry. In the late 1980’s it was a migration of epic proportion. There is another type of migration that has occurred in Broome for Millenia also involv ..

You Know You're in Broome When Manta Rays Herald the Dry Season

Friday, April 05, 2019
After a long and not particularly wet, wet season, people in Broome start looking for any sign of the coming dry season. After several months of overnight lows as high as 28 degrees, April sees the town grasping for indicators. The dry season heralds many things including shiny four-wheel-drives driven by greying baby boomers, towing caravans through town. They often divert past the post off ..

You Know You're in Broome When You See a Staircase to the Moon

Friday, March 15, 2019
Broome has lots of interesting infrastructure. It’s home to a beach that’s named after one of the most important infrastructure projects of the nineteenth century. Cable Beach is where the Banjoewangie, Java to Cable Beach sub sea telegraph cable emerged. Broome has more roundabouts per head of population than any other town in the world and it has a new lookout built at the top of Dampier Ter ..

You Know You’re In Broome When you Chance Upon an Endangered Marine Turtle on Cable Beach

Saturday, March 09, 2019
Broome's Cable Beach is world famous for many things, including 22 kilometres of sun-kissed white sand, turquoise water, spectacular Indian Ocean sunsets and camel trains. But its what its not famous for that can really provide the unsuspecting with the ultimate and wonderous delight. Between 1 November and 28 February each year a group of volunteers monitor six km of beach for signs of marine ..

You Know You're in Broome When You Don't Believe the Colours

Saturday, March 02, 2019
The colours of Broome must be seen to be believed, and often aren’t believed even when seen. Broome’s palette of colours is broad and vibrant and prismatic. The light in Broome is crisp, clear and unpolluted, allowing the raw pigment to have the illusion of vibrating in the sun. The two most noted colours in Broome, the turquoise of Roebuck Bay and the paprika red of the famed pindan soil ..

You Know You're in Broome When the Locals are Weather Obsessed

Saturday, February 23, 2019
For most of the year being a weather forecaster in Broome would be the most boring job in Australia. It would be like a fine and sunny ground hog day with a maximum in the low thirties and an overnight minimum in the teens or low twenties. No-one bothers talking about the weather as “nice day” gets a bit boring and repetitive. People in Broome simply come to expect that the weather doesn’t cha ..

Belle Miners - Parachute Tour

Saturday, 15 Feb 20

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