Broome to blow the budget – how to live it up in the capital of the Kimberley, WA

Broome, Western Australia and its romantic allure of exotic isolated sunset beaches has been calling to us forever. Popular with a wide range of travellers, it is possible to come to this notoriously expensive destination on a shoestring… but this is Broome to blow the budget.

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I’ve wanted to go to Broome since I first landed in Perth, Western Australia in 2000. I never quite made it. It was just too far and too expensive to get there.

Mrs Romance has had the same problem. She tried to get to Broome when she was a teenager but flights from Sydney to Broome were more expensive than return airfares to Paris.

On this occasion, Europe won.

We have finally made it to Broome though. And the wait was well worth it.

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We found Broome to be expensive, I’m not going to try and hide that fact. The mining industry, Broome’s isolation and distances to freight goods and materials make this one of Australia’s most expensive tourist destinations.

If you’re worried about Broome’s prices, don’t be; here’s our post on Broome on a budget.

However, if you’re looking for somewhere in Broome to treat yourself, here is Broome to blow the budget:

Where to stay

Top of the bill

There are some amazing resorts and spas in Broome. Currently the most expensive is The Pearle. This resort is right on Cable Beach, one of Australia’s most iconic beaches and The Pearle fits in nicely.

Happy medium

Alternatively, the Bali Hai Resort and Spa offers amazing levels of luxury, proximity (but not quite as close as The Pearle) to Cable Beach and an impressively authentic Balinese aesthetic.

At one point I had to stop and think if it was ok to drink the water from the tap here. Not in Bali, dingus!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Broome WA in style - Bali Hai Resort and SpaMr & Mrs Romance - Broome WA in style - Bali Hai pool

Where to eat

Pub fare with a flair

Matso’s Brewery is somewhere everyone should visit regardless of their budget – even if it’s just to have a quick beer and explore the country’s most isolated craft brewery.

If you’re hungry, this place has some great pub-style options with a bit of flair.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Broome WA in style - Matsos Brewery Mr & Mrs Romance - Broome WA in style - Matsos taps

A taste of Bali and beyond

For a real range of cuisine in a setting that suits your tropical location, the Bali Hai Café is a great option. Part of the Bali Hai Resort, this little courtyard eatery has everything from southeast Asian to modern Australian and steak options.

There’s also a very reasonably priced pizza menu if you’re looking for cheaper options.

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In town

If you’re looking for somewhere in Broome town proper, check out Azuki Japanese Fusion. A hangover from the Japanese pearler population, this place has an authentic Japanese menu and décor.

Further afield

About an hour south of Broome, Jack’s Bar and Restaurant has an impressive menu of architecturally amazing dishes and amazing views of the Kimberley coastline.

You can also stay here – but be warned, this all comes at a cost.

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Dine at the beach

Cable Beach bars and restaurants are also great options if you want to dine with the best views of the famous sunsets.

You can tell that the venues here are preying on their location though. The service and queues at the bar as the sun goes down can be horrendous. And neither the quality nor the range seems to match the prices.

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Touring and travelling

With the stunning Kimberley Region as its front porch, there’s so much to do in and around Broome. And there’s a lot of history in this little town too.

Birdseye view

Visit Willie Creek pearl farm and go for a chopper ride. Just out of town, Willie Creek Pearls have some amazing pieces of jewellery and pearls.

But it’s the helicopter ride and boat tour that drew us in. The views of the area from the air are just amazing.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Broome WA in style - Wille Creek chopper Mr & Mrs Romance - Broome WA in style - Willie Creek above

Outback tours

Being so close to the Kimberley and the Top End, you’d be crazy not to get out and explore. There are so many tour options going from Broome. Check out some of these tours as a starting place.

See the Bungle Bungles up high and down low

The unusual Bungle Bungles Range was only discovered by westerners in the 1980s and is one of the big draw cards of the Kimberley.

If you don’t have time to tour the Kimberley properly, you can fly from Broome to the Bungles, land explore on foot too. Check out this amazing tour via Mr Aristotle.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Broome WA in style - Nat Geo Bungles

Sunset camel ride

One of the iconic things to do in Broome is to take a stroll from the back of the camel and see the sun dip below the horizon of the Indian Ocean.

Make sure you book early though. The sunset spots go fast. We missed out but the Red Sun Camel company is said to be the best.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Broome WA in style - Camels on Cable Beach

See more of the Kimberley from the air and on foot

This scenic flight and exploration of some key points of the Kimberley will give you a feel of what this ancient landscape has to offer.

Nat Geo expedition up to Darwin

If you really want to see the Kimberley from a unique perspective, this oceanic expedition is the way.

Onboard a National Geographic ship, you sail from Broome all the way up to Darwin in the Northern Territory. In the 12 nights you’re at sea you get to stop in every day at a different location along the stunning Kimberley coast and explore the area on foot, by air and by sea.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Broome WA in style - Nat Geo decks Mr & Mrs Romance - Broome WA in style - Nat Geo cabin

The things you learn from the naturalists in the crew are absolutely amazing and the feeling of exploring the area from the edge of your Zodiac tender is like nothing else.

Find out more about the National Geographic voyages here.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Broome WA in style - Nat Geo waterfall

Traveller’s Tip

If you’re flying from Sydney to Broome, the most logical way to travel is Sydney-Perth, Perth-Broome. Instead try Sydney-Brisbane, Brisbane-Broome. Flying times are the same – maybe even shorter – and prices are often lower.

The wealth of things you can do and see in Broome is quite surprising. For such a small place that’s this isolated, we were busy with so many one-of-a-kind experiences while we were here.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Broome WA in style - Camels on Cable BeachMr & Mrs Romance - Broome WA in style - beach heart

If you want some tips for some more budget options for visiting Broome to mix it up, check out our post on Broome on a budget.

Images by Mrs Romance using an Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera.


  • Reply October 28, 2015

    Sonia from Sonia Styling

    Oh yes, this is how I would like to do Broome… one day!

    • Reply October 30, 2015

      Mr Romance

      Yes, it’s good to get a bit of luxury in your life, isn’t it, Sonia?! Broome does it pretty well too. Especially considering how far it is from… well, everywhere!

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