Broome Beach Camping Guide | Everything You Need Know

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From beautiful sunsets to clear blue oceans, Broome Beach is your ultimate tourist destination in West Australia. Broome Beach is known to its white sands and spectacular Indian Ocean sunsets. Here’s the reason why you should choose Broome Beach as your next destination:

Whether you are looking for on-site caravan or tent campgrounds, Broome Beach has plenty of sites and parks to choose from. It has brilliant weather year-round and plenty of outdoor activities to keep you occupied. Not only known for its pristine ocean waters, but it is also famous for sunset camel rides and walking along the dinosaur tracks. If you’re looking for uncrowded beaches and want to have a peaceful holiday, Broome Beach is the place.

Here is an overview of beach campgrounds in Broome Beach:

  • Broome Vacation Village
  • Broome Caravan Park
  • RAC Cable Beach Holiday Park
  • Broome Caravan Park
  • Cable Beach Caravan Park
  • Tarangau Caravan
  • Birdwood Downs Station
  • Broome Bird Observatory Accommodation

Are you already planning your trip to Broome Beach? Read this article and learn more!

How Do I Get to Broome Beach?

There are various ways to get there. The fastest travel, you may want to fly directly into Broome, they have their international airport, and from there you can rent a car to travel around. Another way is through a bus, and it’s an option if you want to enjoy a scenic route. Greyhound Australia offers bus rides to and from Broome to Perth and Darwin. If you’re going to set the pace of your trip, driving your car is another option. Perth is 2200 km away from Broome, and other major cities like Melbourne and Sydney is approximately 5000 km from there. Broome is located in an isolated spot on Australia’s West Coast, so plan your trip carefully to avoid any delays.

What Should I Know About Broome Beach?

Broome is a small peninsula located in the Kimberley Region of West Australia. Its rich history and multicultural population are reflected in the town’s welcoming and laid-back feel. Usually, when hearing Broome, most people think immediately about Cable Beach. Broome is a 22.5 km long beach, and there’s so much more to it than its world-famous Cable Beach.

In the 1880s, Broome is founded initially as a pearling port. The Kimberley region and Broome were home to Indigenous people for at least thirty thousand years. Its multicultural population includes Indonesian, Malay, Chinese, Japanese, European, and of course, its Aboriginal cultures.

The first European who landed on the shores of Broome was the explorer, William Dampier in 1688 to whom Dampier Peninsula is named after.

There was already extensive trading among the language groups on the Dampier Peninsula even before the European settlements. The trade routes existed between east and west Kimberley and were known as ‘winan’.

The pearling industry opened opportunities and became a rip-roaring town where numerous boarding houses, gambling dens and brothels were built. Europeans owned pearling fleets while most Chinese are shopkeepers and Japanese and Aboriginal are divers. Up to 400 pearling luggers lined the shores of Roebuck Bay during its heyday.

Both World Wars, Broome and the pearling industry was heavily impacted. Although the industry continued after the war, it did not fully regain its earlier momentum.

There are now pearl farms in the unpolluted waters near Broome where they transform these unique gems into a piece of world-class jewellery.

Lord Alistair McAlpine invested millions of dollars in Broome, and it became an established tourism destination in the 1980s. Opening a zoo and many of the Broome’s historic buildings are restored including the famous Sun Picture House in Broome Town. The luxurious Cable Beach Club, one of the most popular resort in Broome, is also built by him.

To this day, plenty of resorts and landmarks are established in Broome Beach. These resorts and landmarks celebrate the contribution of the Aboriginal people to Broome right now. They acknowledge and respect the connection of the Indigenous community to Broome in the past, present, and future.

How Are the Campgrounds at Broome Beach?

Broome Beach has plenty of sites and parks where you can stay, whether you are travelling with your tent, caravan or camper trailer. Enjoy the accommodation of wide-open spaces, natural surroundings and a star-filled sky at night.

Broome Vacation Village

Broome Vacation Village is the ideal place for you if you are looking for a location with access to all the attractions, with a bus stop just outside the park entrance. Campsites for tents, caravans and camper vans are available, and facilities include free gas BBQs, shop, pool, and laundry. Drive your 4×4 onto the beach at Gantheaume Point and enjoy a picnic while watching the spectacular sunset over Red Rock at the point.

Broome’s Gateway Accommodation

Bring your pets in Broome’s Gateway Accommodation, where they have two fenced kennel areas that are suitable for some pets. They have spacious caravan bays with shower/toilet facilities. Enjoy their excellent camp atmosphere with a campfire.

RAC Cable Beach Holiday Park

Spend a night or two at RAC Cable Beach Holiday Park and stroll to Cable Beach at Sunset. It is located just splashing distance from the pristine shores of Cable Beach. The park offers spacious camping sites.

Broome Caravan Park

There’s also Broome Caravan Park, and if you are on a tight budget, you can choose this place instead. It is situated on Wattle Drive, and you’ll find this park along the one main road into Broome about 5 km from the centre. This park is open year-round and has the biggest pool. They also have facilities for the disabled. It is quite far but, if you don’t mind a drive to visit Broome’s attraction, this is the best park for you.

Cable Beach Caravan Park

Cable Beach Caravan Parkis the closest to the Cable Beach. It’s only a 5-10-minute walk from one of the best sunset views in Western Australia. The sites are a bit cramped, but there was plenty of shade, and the areas are beautiful and grassy. However, it is a bit more expensive compared to other parks due to the location but if you want to be nearer to the beach, spending a few extra dollars is worth it.

Tarangau Caravan

If you’re looking for a quieter place, Tarangau Caravan is the alternative. It is set behind the dunes of cable beach. The park is almost always empty so, there are plenty of spaces. Restaurants and cafes are within walking distance. This park is the place for you if you want to get away from the busy and crowded places.

Birdwood Downs Station

Birdwood Downs Station offers year-round camping. It is based near Derby, Western Australia and has been open since 1978. Birdwood Downs is a 5,000-acre station and is home to Wastewater Garden Systems, Eco and Educational Tourism, Kimberley School of Horsemanship, and the Savannah Nursery. Enjoy and embrace an ancient boab tree and ride into spectacular Kimberley sunset, bush style camping.

Broome Bird Observatory Accommodation

If you are an aspiring ornithologist or simply love bird watching, Broome Bird Observatory welcomes you. Broome Bird Observatory is situated on the northern side of the Roebuck Bay known as the shorebird capital of Australia. It’s quite small, but it offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of Broome caravan parks. You can take a short walk or explore the trails around the BBO grounds.

If you want to know more about the campgrounds in the area, you can visit their website.

Where Can I Take Bushwalk in Broome Beach?

The general topography of the Broome Peninsula being quite flat so, most of the walks in Broome are relatively straightforward. Some of these walks include:

Cable Beach to Gantheaume Point

Cable Beach south-west to Gantheaume Point along the beach is one of the most popular self-walks. You will need to catch a bus first to get there if you’re not staying at Cable Beach Resort. This walk can be done in two ways, and you can travel the return 5 km stretch on the flat and firm sand and have a swim in between. The other way is to catch the first early morning bus, which will drop you at Gantheaume Point for the back up to the Cable Beach area.

Nagula Walk Trail

Nagula Walk Trail is a 500 m one-way in Minyirr Park. Minyirr Park is situated behind Cable Beach. If you are seeking a more peaceful natural way of getting to Cable Beach away from tourist hordes then, this trail is for you. This trail goes through soft sandy bits and some hilly dunes. During the walk, healthy vegetated dune habitat can be observed.

Cable Beach Walk

A 15 km walk is best suited for you if you are feeling adventurous. You can start north from Cable Beach along the nudist beach, a continuing 15 km stretch.  Check the beach’s tidal changes before setting out, tides can move out at least 500 m, and you might find yourself walking further.  The iconic camels can be seen here during morning and afternoon.

Point to Port Walk

There are also guided walks offered to tourists.  A new tour in Broome is the Point to Port walk, and the distance is 4 km. It starts from Gantheaume Point along the known Riddle Beach to deep water jetty at the port and finishing at the beautiful hovercraft base. This walk incorporates interpretation of the history, geology and wildlife in the area. Tours cost $30 per person.

What Are the Other Things That I Should Do in Broome Beach?

If you are looking for other activities to do in Broome, here’s the list of places to go:

  • Outdoor Cinema at Sun Picture Gardens
  • Scenic Flight and Day Cruise, Horizontal Falls
  • Dinosaur Footprints at Gantheaume Point
  • Sunset Camel Rides at Cable Beach
  • Broome Historical Museum
  • Broome Courthouse Markets
  • Sunset Drinks at the Cable Beach Club

What Are Other Camping Enthusiasts Saying About Broome Beach?

“Stayed at Cable Beach Caravan Park for eight nights, the place is very nice. There’s a lot to see and an easy walk to cable beach. We also stayed in a few locations travelling from Darwin and enjoyed it the most.” – aandstvptyltd (TripAdvisor)

Related Questions

What’s the Best Time to Visit Broome Beach?

Weatherwise: April to November. The cheapest time to visit is during the wet season.

Can You Swim in Broome Beaches?

It is safe for most of the tourist season, but not during the wet season. From November to about May, even June, Chironex box jellyfish and Irukandji inhabited the northern oceans.

Are There Crocodiles at Broome?

It is an infrequent occurrence to see a crocodile at any beach in Australia. Beaches are not suitable habitat for crocodiles.

How Many Days Do You Need To Spend in Broome?

Three to four days is enough to chill and witness the beautiful sights before beginning to explore what I one of the last real wild zone areas on the planet.

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