Five romantic adventures in Broome
A few years ago, two of my good friends married in Melbourne and headed to Broome for their honeymoon. Their tales of their trip alluded to an oasis of warmth, white sandy beaches, exciting experiences and particularly amazing sunsets.
Well after 48 hours in this North West Australian town, I can say it didn’t disappoint.
There is a laid-back country town feel to Broome – wide roads, a relaxed sense of style, friendly locals and a definite holiday feeling. Even though the town only houses 14,000 residents, it has all the facilities of larger cities. There are numerous five star resorts that bring all the luxury you’ll need for a romantic honeymoon in this coastal oasis.
With honeymoons on my mind, I’m letting you in on my five most romantic Broome experiences that are a must do!
A Sunset Camel Ride with Broome Camel Safaris
If there is one thing on my Broome bucket list, it was a sunset camel ride! Broome Camel Tours were more than happy to oblige and off we set to the “Blue Tent” on our last afternoon in Broome. Broome’s camel lady Alison runs this camel tour with her team – each of who is well versed in the personality of each camel and willing to oblige in sharing their stories.
We got up close and friendly with the regal Aslan who happily carried us around for an hour as we watched the sights and sounds of Cable Beach. The wide expanse of sands, waves crashing and the peaceful rocking motion of the camels as the sun glided into the water combine to create a beautiful sense of calm.
As the sun made its last appearance, the camels stood in a line as we said farewell to the rays of light. It’s a must to bring your camera or pay for the professional photographs – they’re magical and something to treasure.
A Couples Massage at Bali Hai Day Spa
Mr. Polka and I stayed at Cable Beach’s Bali Hai Resort & Spa, enjoying a deluxe suite. Each suite at Bali Hai has its own private entrance, self catering facilities (including a private barbeque and courtyard), an outdoor shower (called the “Mandi” bathroom) and carved wood Balinese inspired décor.
The resort itself is set in lush tropical gardens – frangipani trees, boabs, and croutons dot themselves around the resort. A saltwater pool, tour desk, day spa and licensed restaurant are also on site.
On-site day spas are a luxurious treat aren’t they? Our resort Bali Hai had one of the best in Broome, with treatments inspired by the Balinese culture and the magic of Broome.
My lime and coconut ritual kicked off with cold towels and cool water in the open terrace of the spa before I was ushered into a treatment room with the lilting waves of the didgeridoo piped through the speakers. The soothing sounds were combined with a luxurious treatment of a coconut oil with citrus and sea salt scrub before a moisturising coconut and lime treatment.
The open-air terrace, cold towels and tea that are offered pre and post treatment cap off an experience which will wipe away any trace of wedding stress. The spa even has a couples’ treatment room that might be just the romantic, relaxing treat you’re looking for.
Bali Hai Resort & Spa is a mere fifteen minutes walk from Cable Beach and only a short bus or taxi ride from the Broome township. Most tours and fun things to do in Broome have a pickup option (which is especially handy when you’re without car and fancying a cocktail or two) so it makes post-spa adventuring easy.
A Day Trip to Willie Creek Pearl Farm
Can something educational be romantic? In this case yes! Mr. Polka and I were ready and waiting for our 8am pickup to the Willie Creek Pearl Farm. A bumpy ride 38km north of Broome later, we were nestled beside turquoise water learning everything there is to know about pearls from the lovely Emma.
As Broome is the pearl capital, you’re likely to want to leave with a few, so this tour is an essential part of making sure you know exactly what you’re buying.
Handmade damper for morning tea (made with Matsos mango beer!), a boat ride around the pearl farm (think more of that milky turquoise water, crocodile sightings and of course plenty of education about how a pearl is harvested) and a trip to the Willie Creek showroom counts for a great start to the day. The showroom is where the teaching comes into its own – take note of the buying and storing tips. It didn’t hurt wearing a $30,000 pearl strand and pretending I could take it home either (spoiler alert: they made me give it back).
A Sunset Cruise On A Restored Pearl Lugger – The Intombi
A sunset cruise on Broome’s Intombi was hands down our favourite and most romantic adventure in Broome. After being picked up from our resort by the lovely Amy, we were briefed with a short history of the magnificent Intombi. This 111-year-old pearl lugger has been loving restored by Amy and her husband Ryan. We arrived at Cable Beach and hopped aboard Ryan’s little speedboat to the glorious Intombi, bobbing majestically in Broome’s blue waters. Drinks flow freely on the boat (as well as the food! Cheese platters, fresh vegetables with delicious dips, antipasto – the list goes on!) and the team on board are amazing. If you’re in the mood for a swim, they’ll cast a net off the back of the boat, allowing you to float in the water.
Nothing quite prepared me for the magic of watching the sun drop into the ocean – gin and tonic in one hand, cheese in the other and Mr. Polka beside me.
A Beer At Matsos
Our first stop in Broome was Matsos. We, as slightly lost tourists asked our cab driver to take us to “somewhere by the water”. He suggested Matsos and we were greeted by tall palm trees, an expansive beer garden, a view of the brightest blue water and the reddest soil you ever did see.
I love heading to the local favourite when I get to a new city. It’s a good way to get a feel for things. Matsos is quintessentially Broome! Casual pub food is available in the beer garden or for something more substantial, there’s Matsos Restaurant. A must try is their beer handle, which gives a shot of five of the most famous Matsos beers (including their mango flavor, although the chili beer is my favourite). For something softer, the Matsos ginger beer is one of the best ginger beers I’ve tried. This iconic Broome watering hole should be a big ‘must do’ on your list.
Broome’s list of romantic adventures for a honeymoon trip doesn’t stop with my five! Add shopping at Dampier Terrace – Broome’s own pearl mecca (practically groaning with pearls from Kailis, Paspaley, Cygnet Bay and Willie Creek to name a few), the natural phenomenon, Staircase To The Moon and even the outdoor Sun Pictures movie theatre. To top it off, just a short flight away are the incredible Horizontal Falls.
If there’s one thing about this magical holiday destination that I learnt, it’s that beauty, relaxation and adventures can co-exist quite wonderfully together in a place where I don’t even need to produce my passport.
Ms Polka travelled with the assistance of Expedia, Bali Hai Resort & Spa, Intombi, Willie Creek Pearl Farm and Broome Camel Safaris. Expedia compensates authors for their writings appearing on this site, such compensation may include travel and other costs.