The glittering pearl of the Kimberley, is the one and only Broome

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Broome

The town is the pearl of the Kimberley; a place with a history as intriguing and diverse as the many charming local characters. 

Broome History

The first non-indigenous person to visit Broome’s shores was William Damper in 1688, sailing aboard the H.M.S Roebuck. His meticulous journals charting the area and descriptions of the rich pearl shell beds, led to the ‘official’ discovery of Broome and the eventual pearl industry. 

In 1879, local politician, publisher and pearler, Charles Harper, suggested Roebuck Bay be turned into a port, to better serve Broome’s pearling industry. And so, the port of Broome was born.

In 1883 John Forrest, WA’s first Premier, chose the site for the town in Roebuck Bay and named it Broome, after the Governor of WA, Sir Frederick Broome. The first sale of Town Lots took place in 1886 and by 1889 a new telegraph cable linked the town and Australia to the rest of the world.

The Kimberley

The Kimberley

A Vast Array of Natural Wonders

Cable Beach

Cable Beach

Any visitor to Broome would be familiar with the magnificent Cable Beach.

Pearling

Pearling

Broome is a town shaped by its history; and the allure of illustrious pearls certainly made its mark here.

Indigenous Culture

Indigenous Culture

The history of Broome and the Kimberley region dates long before the arrival of Europeans and hopeful pearl divers.

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