From the first time Lord Alistair McAlpine visited Broome, he had his heart set on the magnificent stretch of land bordering the beautiful Cable Beach, formerly a run down caravan park. After much discussion and deliberation with local and Commonwealth Australian departments, Lord McAlpine bought the land. The contract was signed on the back of a beer coaster in the Pearlers’ Bar of Broome’s Roebuck Bay Hotel.
Lord McAlpine’s dream was finally realised when the resort opened its doors in May 1988. In the beginning it was a collection of Broome-style bungalows, a reception area, dining area and a small area for functions.
Lord McAlpine travelled the world returning with vast collections of artwork, artefacts and furniture from Dutch Colonial, Asian and Middle Eastern origins. Today, these extraordinary artworks decorate the rooms, restaurants and gardens of the Resort, and many of these pieces boast their own rich history and cultural significance.
From these humble beginnings, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa has grown in the past 25 years to become an integral part of the Broome experience and one of Australia’s premier resorts.