In September, Mr Polka and I were lucky enough to head over to Broome to experience the romance and beauty of this West Australian town. You can read all the details over on the Expedia blog today, but I thought I’d give you a quick rundown of my way of spending 48 hours!
Upon arriving at Broome airport, take a taxi or arrange a bus pickup with your hotel.
We stayed at Bali Hai Resort & Spa, an Indonesian inspired oasis on Cable Beach. There are two areas to stay in Broome – one more near Broome’s town centre and the Cable Beach area (which is all within ten minutes walk of the beach). Make sure you’ve pre booked a spa treatment at the resort’s onsite spa – it will be just the relaxation kick-start you need for your honeymoon break!
After a quick lunch at the resort’s onsite café, await your pickup for Intombi Sunset Cruise. This historic pearl lugger cruises along Cable Beach with a plentiful food and drink to make sure you enjoy the sunset in only the most romantic of ways. I have to admit, this was my favourite Broome sunset and quite possibly my favourite Broome experience. Nothing says romance like watching the sun drop into the ocean with a gin and tonic in hand, a cheese platter at your feet and the sails above your head.
For dinner, ask Amy (from Intombi) to drop you in town! There are plenty of restaurants to enjoy in Broome. 18 Degrees has become a local favourite for their delicious tapas inspired menu.
There is no time in Broome for sleep ins, rather the town seems to wake up early to beat the heat so book the 8am pickup for the Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour 38km north of Broome.
After enjoying a brief education session about just how a pearl is created (including plenty of hands on action!) enjoy a damper morning snack before heading out on the boat to the pearl farm for more education and possible crocodile sightings. End your time at Willie Creek with a shop around the pearl showroom – which features some of the best and most beautiful of Broome’s pearl collections.
After the drive back to Broome, ask the bus driver to drop you at local brewery Matsos for a beer flight tasting (our damper earlier that day had been made with their Mango beer), an icy cold (non alcoholic) ginger beer and an award winning steak sandwich.
There will be just enough time to explore the beautiful Cable Beach and get some serious sun time in before heading to Cable Beach for your next must do – a sunset camel ride with Broome Camel Safaris. After you meet your camel and hop “onboard” the gentle rocking motion lulls you into a deep sense of peace as the golden sun drops into the ocean. As the sun says its final farewell, the camels stand to attention allowing you to really take it all in.
Head up the beach to the Sunset Bar (Part of Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa)- it’s said to be the best place in Broome to watch the sunset and is always bustling once that golden hour hits. Cocktails and food are well deserved (even if you probably do smell a little like camel, I’m sure it’s something the staff are used to!).
Pack up early and head to Broome’s Dampier Terrace. Pearl shop after pearl shop – Willie Creek Pearls, Kailis Pearls, Galwey Pearls and Allure South Sea Pearls (formerly Linneys), to the loose pearl hub of Cygnet Bay (which also houses Broome’s largest South Sea Pearl at a massive 22.24mm in diameter).
A wander along Broome’s main shopping strip before you bid adieu and head to the airport.