Most posters of Broome have a camel ride along Cable Beach. Cable Beach is a 22 km stretch of white sand beach on the eastern Indian Ocean… Cable Beach was named after the telegraph cable laid between Broome and Java in 1889. Wikipedia. Cable Beach is popular for day trippers because of ease of access, comprehensive facilities and it is beautiful, tropical and, of course, has camels.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are the facilities?
The beach has a cafe, carpark, mass coach parking for the large number of visitors, picnic areas with seating, public toilets, Broome public bus stop and restaurant.
Are there lifeguards?
Yes, between May and October.
Is it safe to swim at the beach?
Lifeguards are on duty at the beach from May to October and it is advisable to swim between the flags. In the wet season it is not safe to swim at the beach. From November to June, the northern oceans are inhabited by Chironex box jellyfish and other nasty marine life. And, of course the lifeguards are also on the lookout for crocodiles which have very occasionally visited the beach.
How far is the beach from Broome?
Cable Beach is a 15 minute drive. There are a number of accommodation providers in the area where you have the option of simply walking to the beach. And the town bus stops at Cable Beach.
What does the beach look like?
At low tide you will have a large expanse of sandy beach to relax on. It is the perfect place for a beach holiday with the consistent warm weather and the spectacular red cliffs framing the beach. Broome has large tidal movements due to its shallow waters so there is ample opportunity to collapse at the beach all day.
Is the beach crowded?
The beach is over 22km in length and it is not crowded even in the peak season. You are advised to swim between the flags. Lifeguards are on duty at the beach from May to October and it is advisable to swim between the flags.
Can you stay at the beach?
Cable Beach has an extensive infrastructure to support the tourist market with the convenience of resorts and caravan parks close by.
What can you do at Cable beach?
- Chill out under an umbrella and enjoy occasional trips to the cafe to top up your liquid intake. There is even a deckchair hire service for beach goers.
- An iconic camel ride for a selfie moment as you are whisked up and away to get a camel eye’s view of the world.
- Camel rides, you astride the camel, swaying in the rhythmic stride of the camel 5 – 2 metres above ground gives you spectacular views of cliffs, ocean and beach.
Can I drive a vehicle on the beach?
4WD Vehicles are permitted on Cable Beach in the area ‘north of the rocks’. Access is via the vehicle ramp at Cable Beach Road West, and cars must proceed past the rocks to the northern part of the beach. Remember always when beach driving to check tides.