On the Indian Ocean, far away from any other Australian city, Broome sits tucked on the mainland side of a promontory sticking out into Roebuck Bay. Its population of 15,000 grows to three times that size during the area's tourist season between July and October. Being the very far side of Australia from most of the large Australian cities, its population has been a mix of nationalities, professions, dreamers, miners and those looking for oyster pearls. It also is a very important wildlife corridor, and at some Broome MICE venues, nature can be at its wildest and most exhilarating.
No more than half a mile west of the center of Broome is Broome International Airport (BME), which has service to Perth and Darwin, of the major Australian cities, all year and also to Melbourne and Sydney in its summer.
Chief among MICE venues, Broome Convention Centre is sized perfectly for the destination, able to look after groups of up to 400 persons and sitting on Dampier Creek very close to the airport. MICE hotels include the 221-room Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, which is the only hotel immediately on 15-mile-long Cable Beach and has meeting space for up to 200 persons; the 136-room Mercure Broome, which has three meeting rooms, the largest able to host 150 persons; 72-room Pinctada Cable Beach Resort & Spa, which has one meeting room for up to 38 persons, and 49-room Mangrove Resort Hotel, which has four meeting rooms, including one named High Tides in honor of one phenomenon that Broome is noted for. To truly get away from things – even in this area where everything is a long way from anything else – head to the 25-villa Eco Beach Broome Resort, which is 30 miles south along an Indian Ocean Bay (or 12 minutes by a flight to a private landing strip) and has room for events of up to 120 persons and in November and December a chance to watch hatchling turtles make their way to the ocean.
MICE places in Broome in which to gather and savor experiences will take advantage of the area's amazing scenery and nature, include the hoverport of Broome Hovercraft Eco-Adventure Tours, about as nice a watercraft pier as you could hope for, on the Indian Ocean and which can be supplemented by events and adventures in the hovercrafts themselves; a memorable sunset ride with Red Sun Camels along the beaches and dunes, in which 32 persons can be catered to and spectacular themed events set up on secluded stretches of beach; Broome Whale Watching Sentosa Charters, which between June and October take guests in comfort to see some of the area's estimated 35,000 Humpback whales; and tours to Horizontal Falls, a unique natural wonder where the area's high tides cascade through gaps in the coastlines, with Kimberley Wild that can include seaplane, jet-boat and/or luxury yacht travel. Meeting, learning about and experiencing the local Aboriginal people and their culture is possible at Minyirr Park, where banquets, storytelling and other events can be set up.
Restaurants in Broome include award-winning, relaxed restaurant and brewery Matso's; Zoo Bar & Cafe, which has outdoor seating and a tropical menu with tapas; Zanders, which overlooks the Indian Ocean from the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa; Divers Tavern, a very informal party and entertainment spot: and for Thai food, Som, which has a deck and also is very informal.