Broome is a city brimming with colour and character. Sitting all by itself in the northwest corner of Australia, this WA gem does a pretty good job of attracting visitors the world over, despite the distance to other cities in Australia. It also makes for the start of a great campervan roadtrip. Head south to Perth along the incredible west coast, or drive further into the tropics toward Darwin.
Broome campervan hire, compare the top brands
As a tourist town, Broome has many choices for campervan hire. At Motorhome Rebublic we make it easy by bringing all of the options together in one place so you can compare deals. Our network covers the world with 450+ depots in 28 countries. All you have to do is enter your travel details and take your pick from a tailored list of Broome motorhome rentals. Narrow your search to find the RV/camper to best suit your holiday.
A Broome campervan adventure is a restful way of spending a holiday and there’s no better way to explore the region at your own pace. When it comes to vehicle size, you’ll likely see two kinds of motorhomes on the roads – basic campervans that come without a shower and toilet and the larger, more self-contained motorhomes. Both are easy to drive and have their advantages. If you have a big family, don’t worry – you can still rent an RV-style motorhome with beds for everyone.
Tropical Broome a beach nirvana – things to see and do
Cable Beach is the postcard attraction in Broome. You can ride camels at sunset and surf under vivid skies. The beach cafe, Zanders, provides a welcome watering hole with reasonably-priced drinks and food.
If you’re lucky, conditions will be right to see the staircase to the moon. The natural phenomenon occurs when the full moon rises over the exposed mudflats of Roebuck Bay at extremely low tide, creating the optical illusion of a staircase reaching for the moon. The best times to see this are between March and October.
The Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge is a great opportunity to get up close to crocs in a safe way. Enter through the jaws of a saltwater croc and experience a feeding of these magnificent beasts. The staff are knowledgeable, passionate about the protection and care of all sorts of animals and it’s a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Food and drink, the nightlife and restaurants of Broome
12 Mile Cafe is set in the shady mango plantations. Organic and vegetarian, this eatery makes everyone happy, even mother earth. Try the pikelets and smoothies.
Diver’s Tavern is one of Broome’s most popular venues for locals and tourists. It has a charming bistro and an outdoor beach bar to watch the sunsets. Matsos Broome Brewery is the only one of its kind in Broome. Their craft beer is full of flavour and is a hit at the local watering holes.
Broome camping accommodation and motorhome sites
Roebuck Bay Caravan Park is right on the beach with plenty of shade. It’s the closest holiday park to Broome township and handy to shops.
Tarangau Caravan Park is located within walking distance to restaurants and cafes, and there’s plenty of space for your towel on the 22km of sun-kissed white sand of Cable Beach.
Broome Vacation Village Caravan Park is a safe spot for the whole family, with outdoor pools and free BBQ facilities.
Stay at Cable Beach Caravan Park and ask for a site along the back fence to see the camels go past each morning and evening.
Beaches and sunshine – go on a road trip
Broome is the Southern gateway to the Kimberley. Wildlife is easy to spot around waterholes, creeks and many gorges. Many families of boab trees are dotted across the region. Gorge country is found along Gibb River Rd: a rugged ‘bush track’ that connects the remote Kimberley cattle stations to Derby and Kununurra. Travel north along the Kalumburu Road towards the Mitchel Falls or up to the Bungle Bungles. If you head up to Derby, drop into the School of the Air if it is open. If funds allow, take a flight trip to the horizontal falls.
Horizontal Falls are one of the most amazing natural features of the Kimberley region. The tidal waterfalls are unlike any other, with the water passing horizontally. Fly from Broome along the coast all the way to Cape Leveque for the most beautiful views. You’ll land on the water at Talbot Bay and spend the day ducking in and out of the falls on a fast boat.
Located halfway between Port Hedland and Broome, Eighty Mile Beach forms a 220km-long coastline where the Great Sandy Desert meets the Indian Ocean.
Heading to the ‘Top End’ means taking the road from Broome to Darwin. It runs through one of the last true Outback experiences - this is a place like no other. Often you won’t see another soul on the road. It’s a land where communities can be cut off by flooding for months during ‘the wet’. It passes vast cattle stations, remote wildlife sanctuaries and stunning gorges.
Tips for driving a motorhome in Broome
It pays to do route research before you set off - certain points of interest may require a 4WD vehicle for entry. If you want to explore sand dunes or go off the beaten path, rent a 4WD.
Book your motorhome and campsites early to avoid getting caught out.
Download our free motorhome app to help you on your way.
Check out our Australia driving guide for specific road rules.