Cheap flights to Broome all go through Perth, the West Australian capital. Buses also leave for Broome from Perth every day. Broome International Airport is international by name only, as no flights arrive from outside Australia and the only direct route from a city outside Western Australia is from Darwin. The airport is centrally located and within walking distance to the town’s centre. For travellers who can’t walk the options are hiring a car, or taxi, or arranging for their accommodation to organise a courtesy shuttle.
Broome's Town Bus Service offers a cheap way to see the town. Buses run every hour, 7 days per week, with bus stops near all major accommodation. Buses stop at Town Beach, Chinatown, Boulevard Shops and Cable Beach. From May - October, an extra bus runs every 1/2 hour during the busiest time of the day. Travellers can get a cheap “Value Added Day Pass” which allows for unlimited travel for the day and discounts and specials from local businesses. The cleverly named Broome Broome car hire will get travellers into a car or 4WD depending on their needs. Broome Cycles in Chinatown and Cable Beach hire bicycles for less than $20 a week
Broome is famous for the pearling industry which founded it. It is home of South Sea pearls - among the largest harvested cultured pearls in the world. Visitors can watch how Broome pearls are cultured on a cruise to a local pearl farm. Back in town a trip to the pearl showrooms of Chinatown in the hunt for a cheap trinket is a must. The multicultural town has another global claim to fame, Sun Pictures, the oldest operating outdoor cinema in the world. Broome has 22km of white sandy beaches, flanked by turquoise water, with Cable Beach a must-see. Historic Broome goes back hundreds of thousands of years with ancient dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point attracting huge interest. And on certain dates between March and October, when the full moon coincides with low tide at Roebuck Bay the optical illusion, known as the Staircase to the Moon, attracts tourists in numbers.
Even though Broome is not a metropolis, the fact it attracts a wide variety of visitors, from honeymooners, families and backpackers, means it has a vibrant nightlife. There are a number cocktail bars and live gig venues which feature national and international artists. At Matso’s travellers can enjoy local award-winning brews and great food in an historic building. Overlooking Roebuck Bay is Tides Bar which offers a venue for the more refined guests, but if you want a cheap meal head to The Roebuck Bay Hotel, which offers free snacks every Saturday and Friday nights when it features local entertainment until late. Chinatown is one of the most popular shopping spots in Broome. There are a variety cafes, restaurant and speciality stores that line the street which is home to some of the best pearl showrooms and art galleries. Cheap shopping can be found at Paspaley Plaza and the Boulevard Shopping Centre. For more specialist ware try Hidden Valley Handcrafts, or Simply Broome, which has a variety of indigenous art.