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Cruises to Broome

12 Reviews
Broome (Photo:ronnybas/Shutterstock)

About Broome

The historic pearling town of Broome (population: 15,000) is like no other port you will ever visit. As the unofficial capital of Australia's North West, the vibrant tourism hub is the gateway to the Kimberley region -- and a turnaround port for cruise ships and land-based tourism. But despite the modern persona, Broome remains on the edge of the unknown.

Broome began life around 140 years ago as a rough, frontier town inhabited by the hardiest souls who came in search of the valuable pearls found on the tidal mud flats of Roebuck Bay that surround the town. Situated on the traditional lands of the Yawuru people, who now hold native title over large parts of the region, it also has a rich Indigenous history. Visitors can find beautiful Aboriginal art in local stores as well as ancient rock art next to remote rivers.

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Regatta
Regatta

77 Night
World CruiseDetails

387 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Oct 4, 2023
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Volendam
Volendam

58 Night
Grand Australia & New Zealand VoyageDetails

567 Reviews
Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2024
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Silver Explorer (Photo: Silversea)

10 Night
Expedition CruiseDetails

83 Reviews
Leaving:Darwin
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
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Le Soleal
Le Soleal

10 Night
Australia & Pacific CruiseDetails

77 Reviews
Leaving:Darwin
Cruise Line:Ponant
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28 Night
Australia CruiseDetails

1,017 Reviews
Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Oct 27, 2023
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81 Night
Coral Coast, Seychelles & Exotic IslandsDetails

148 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Mar 7, 2023
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35 Night
World CruiseDetails

387 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Dec 21, 2023
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Grand Australia & New Zealand VoyageDetails

567 Reviews
Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2024
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Australia CruiseDetails

1,017 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Oct 25, 2023
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10 Night
Australia & Pacific CruiseDetails

77 Reviews
Leaving:Broome
Cruise Line:Ponant
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8 Night
Australia & Pacific CruiseDetails

9 Reviews
Leaving:Broome
Cruise Line:Ponant
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10 Night
Australia CruiseDetails

1,017 Reviews
Leaving:Perth
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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28 Night
Australia CruiseDetails

1,017 Reviews
Leaving:Perth
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 16, 2023
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Australia CruiseDetails

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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Aug 19, 2024
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7 Night
Australia & Pacific CruiseDetails

9 Reviews
Leaving:Kuri Bay
Cruise Line:Ponant
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More about Broome

Why go to Broome?

Pros:

Fascinating cultural history, great food and shopping

Cons:

Can be expensive with limited flight options

Bottom Line:

A rich multicultural history at the edge of nowhere

Broome Cruise Port Facilities?

The Broome port is primarily a working port that also serves tenders for the offshore oil and gas industry, so it is not fancy at all.

Cruise line-supplied coaches and buses will deliver passengers directly to and from the wharf itself.

Right on the wharf, in the office building, is the well-regarded Wharf Restaurant where you can get full a la carte meals and refreshments. The local fish, barramundi, is worth trying. Diners are able to use the washrooms in the building, or another facility that is remote from the building and adjacent to the car park area.

There is free public Wi-Fi in town, but you might find it is slow if everyone wants to get connected at the same time. Other options include Telstra Air and the usual fast-food restaurants.

Good to Know?

Since dredging work was carried out in 2019, ships of all sizes can now dock at the port facility's wharf, which is about 10 minutes (7 km) by road south from the town centre. It's not really walkable and it's most likely your cruise company will provide transfers.

Getting Around?

On Foot: It's easy to walk around the township, although some of the big stores are spread out around the town precinct, so you can get quite a bit of walking in if you want. But mostly, everything you would need is within a handy radius of the main centre, which is nominally the traffic roundabout at the corner of Short and Carnarvon streets.

By Taxi: While there are enough taxis operating in Broome to be useful, they may be hard to find on a particularly busy day. The town has its own rideshare app, BrooBa. Try it out and tell us what you think.

Hire vehicles: You can hire pretty much any type of vehicle in Broome, from a moped to a Winnebago. The little mopeds can be fun, cheap and handy to whizz around to some of the outer attractions, but be reminded that Australia has strict helmet and drink driving laws.

By Bus: Broome has its own municipal bus service, The Broome Explorer Bus. It's one of the easiest and cheapest ways to see Broome and runs seven days per week, all year round.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The local currency is the Australian dollar (AUD). ATMs are all around town, plus the major banks all have branches along, or just off, the main street. You can get cash from a bank, an ATM or with your debit card at the big Coles supermarket in the modern shopping mall along with any essentials you may need. The post office and visitor information centre are right there, too.

Language?

Australian English with a thick 'Aussie' accent, which can be challenging for overseas visitors. "Air ya garn, mate?" is a common greeting for "How are you going, mate?" and "Youse right there?" may be used by staff in stores in place of "can I help you?". Don't be afraid to smile and ask, 'Pardon me?' if you are unsure of what is being said.


Broome Cruise Reviews
Broome is a very busy place in the Tourist season. Heaps of very interesting places to visit Read More
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Dianpatjohnmarch
Broome, went to the Pearl Lugger and Pearling History Tour. Went to see the Dinosaur footprints, Brewery, Museum, old cemetery, sunset at Cable beach. All were very interesting and worthwhile doing. Museum excellent Read More
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The Village Idiot
We had a three-night stay in a good homeland explored the town and environs on foot and by bus. Foud some good places to eat.Read More
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Betleys
Fantastic experience, my husband had knee replacement and the staff were excellant in helping him get on and off the camel.Read More
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