In order to get the full Broome experience, check the tides and sunset times the day before. If you can, plan your trip to coincide with the “stairway to the moon” phenomenon that can be viewed from Town Beach or the Mangrove Hotel. Scheduled in naps whenever suits.
Good to know
While most sites are stroller friendly, there are some spots where it is best to leave the stroller behind and have your toddler walk or in a carrier.
This itinerary can be done anytime.
Recommended time of the year
The best time to visit Broome is May to September, although July is the busiest month due to the good weather and the Australian school holidays.
About This Day
This itinerary is the perfect day for a Broome holiday with kids. Broome, Australia is synonymous with gorgeous sunsets, camel rides and never-ending beaches. But to see a quirkier side of this compact country town, start with a hearty breakfast in historic Chinatown. Stroll along to Streeter’s Jetty, once the center of pearling activity. Head to Town Beach for some playground fun, then over to the Mangrove Hotel for great views and prawn tacos. Arrive at Cable Beach in time for sunset, or a camel ride, or both.
Start the day with a delicious breakfast and coffee at The Good Cartel. This small casual cafe in Broome’s historic Chinatown is completely outdoors, but has shades and fans to keep customers cool. The food here is unique and nutritious, with good vegetarian options and fresh juices to choose from. Niall ordered the sushi bowl after hearing a local strongly recommend it. I ordered a very satisfying chili bowl, while our daughter had some of a quite generously-sized savoury veggie muffin, which we got as take-away.
DIRECTIONS This unassuming little gem is tucked away in a car park behind the Sun Theatre (between Weld St and Nappier Tce).
TIP If you prefer to have breakfast at your accommodation, you can still swing by the car park for some drive-thru coffee.
9 Dampier Terrace, Broome
Streeter’s Jetty is rich in local history. Be sure to read all the informational signs before walking to the end of the jetty in order to understand the role that the jetty played in Broome's famous pearling culture and the impact that World War II had on the local community. This is a short stop on the itinerary - unless you are interested in the local pearling culture (or want to treat yo'self). If so, take a detour through the many pearl shops in Chinatown, afterward.
DIRECTIONS Walking distance from Chinatown, or drive and park up on Dampier Tce then walk.
TIP Streeter’s Jetty is best visited at high tide when the water fills the surrounding mangroves and the colors look divine. Put on sunscreen as there is no shade along the jetty.
Apex Park, Town Beach
90 Robinson Street, Broome
Our most visited beach in Broome has a pretty fantastic playground, some iconic Boab trees and a great view. Our daughter loved it, especially the water playground that operates from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. everyday except Tuesdays. Just press the button to get it started! The playground is gated for peace of mind. Plus, if you're ready for a second coffee you can pop into Town Beach Cafe.
DIRECTIONS Head south along Dampier Tce, onto Napier Tce then turn left onto Carnarvon St. Follow the bend onto Haas, the left onto Hammersley St. Take a slight right onto Guy St then turn left at the roundabout. Keep driving until you see the park.
TIP Take a short stroll to see some iconic Boab trees.
If you can only eat at one restaurant in Broome, make it the Mangrove Hotel. The food, the service and the view are fabulous. Grab a seat overlooking the mangroves of Roebuck Bay and enjoy a meal or share some tapas or pizza. Our top pick? The prawn tacos.
TIP Get there early to nab a shady spot.
5 Dolby Road, Cable Beach
No Broome holiday with kids is complete without enjoying a sunset at this world-famous beach. Grab yourself a patch of sand and soak up the last of the day’s rays while throwing back a tasty beverage and some pre-dinner snacks. You can set up on the right or left side of the rocks. The right side is where most people who have a 4WD head to witness the iconic camel rides that everyone knows and loves. We wouldn't recommend a camel ride for a toddler as they go for anywhere between 45-60 minutes before sunset, but if you think your little one will happily stay put for that long, go for it! We preferred the left side of the rocks, which felt less busy. This is also where the lifesavers are set up if you decide to have a dip during the day. There is also a playground near the car park to amuse little ones.
TIP If you hired a 4WD, make sure your insurance covers off-road and beach driving. Although our daughter walked, we did see other parents using prams along the beach without any struggle.