Broome sits between red desert and azure sea. It is generally known as the gateway to the Kimberley, and was founded as a pearling port more than a century ago. It became a melting pot of many nationalities Europeans, Malays, Chinese and Japanese joined local Aboriginal people, many of whom became pearl divers. It remains a vital industry for the town, producing the world's finest gems.
The town's exotic past is most evident with a great array of gourmet cuisines, colourful characters and cultural influences.
One of the most popular venues in town is the Broome Turf Club. It sits on the western tip of the Broome Peninsula, so if nothing else ever happened there, it has superb views of Gantheaume and Roebuck Bays.
The Broome racing season, run during June, July and August, attracts several strong southern stables and offers the highest stakes in the north.
The major tourism event attracts visitors from around the world to join the week of festivities culminating in the Broome Cup.
Broome's dry season enjoys balmy evenings, perfect for fun-lovers to stay on after the races to enjoy the live entertainment, two-up schools and gaming tables.
Cable Beach Club Resort is an idyllic place to stay. Romantic villas have private courtyard and spa, and bungalows are perfect for up to four people with open-plan dining, kitchen and living areas.
Studio rooms offer a choice of garden, pool or beach view from private balconies.
The resort's day spa has a range of pamper packages. Be wrapped, massaged, soothed and intoxicated in beautiful surrounds. It also has a gallery of marvellous artworks by world-renowned painters.
The edge of Western Australia's Kimberley area.
The Broome racing season begins on May 31, 2008. It has nine programs and finishes with the Broome Cup on August 9, 2008. All races begin at 1pm and admission is $10. Food and drinks are available and entertainment is provided throughout the day.
Virgin Blue has flights to Broome.
One way fares from;
- Perth, $219
- Adelaide, $305
- Melbourne, $340
- Sydney, $370
- Brisbane, $410
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at September 6, 2007, and are subject to change.
For more information
Broome Turf Club
Gantheaume Point Road
Ph: (08) 9192 2085
Fax: (08) 9193 6654
Cable Beach Club Resort
Cable Beach Road
Ph: (08) 9192 0400
Fax: (08) 9192 2249
Australia's North West Tourism
Ph: (08) 9193 6660
Ph: 13 6789