Although a mere pinprick on the colossal northwest Australian coast, Broome looms large in the Australian psyche. Broome is synonymous with exotic, tropical beaches and the outdoors.
Western Australia's isolation has served the north's largest town well, helping to preserve Broome's frontier feel despite a well-developed local tourist industry. Gourmet restaurants, all-star resorts and the nouveau riche have detracted from its outback appeal, but you can still find a unique culture unlike anywhere else in the state.
Spend a day getting under this balmy town’s skin. Step back in time as you visit restored pearling luggers in Chinatown and pass by old pearling masters’ homes. Browse the Historical Museum to understand how the industry has evolved since the late 1800s, when Japanese, Aboriginal and Malay pearl-divers would risk (and often lose) their lives in pursuit of this valuable treasure.