Broome is situated on the North West coast of Western Australia on the Great Northern Highway, approx. 2300 km (1400 miles) north of the capital Perth.
The Port of Broome is the deepwater port servicing Western Australia’s Kimberley region. The port handles offshore oil and gas exploration vessels, livestock export, pearling, fishing charter boats, cruise liners and is also the main fuel and container receiving point for the area. The Broome Jetty extends out into deep water and is 331m in length and allows larger vessels to berth, this extension was completed in 2005 allowing additional trading vessels to berth and doubled the port’s capacity.
Broome is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination, since it is ideally located near the Kimberley region, home of the Bungle Bungles and close to some wonderful coastland and beaches. As the Kimberley region becomes better known and further developed, Broome will experience a further boom in the tourist industry.
Cable Beach stretching some 20km long is very close to town and is one of the most famous and beautiful beaches in Australia, and Camel tours also operate in the area.
Broome also has a history of pearl farming and is still one of the world’s major pearling centres.