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Broome is Western Australia's secret getaway with a unique character all of its own and welcomes you with open arms to experience its romantic pearling history, cosmopolitan character and stunning natural attractions. The colours and moods of Broome will capture your soul.

Broome is an exotic town with a romantic and often flamboyant past. Established as a pearling port in the 1880s, Broome boasts a multicultural population made up of the many nationalities who flooded to the shores of Roebuck Bay in the hope of making their fortune from the pearling industry. The pearling industry with its colourful personalities has without a doubt created the character and charm that surrounds Broome today.

The pearling industry remains one of the towns major industries due to the introduction of the cultured pearl, which revived the industry after the advent of the plastic button in the late 1950s. South Sea Pearls (Broome Pearls) are recognised as the best in the world and the retail outlets in Chinatown are a showcase to the quality of these pearls.

Broome's scenic beauty needs time to explore. Pristine beaches and bays fringed with glistening white sands, craggy red cliffs and turquoise waters are some of the wonders of this coastal delight.

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Once ashore, visitors will be captivated by the townメs charm. Remnants of Broome's exotic past are everywhere and the town's multicultural society ensures a wonderful array of gourmet tastes, colourful characters and cultural influences. Broome has a number of excellent small galleries showcasing work of internationally renowned local artists and offering a unique selection of Aboriginal art.

Cable Beach is one of the most stunning beaches in the world with 22 kilometres of white sand and clear tropical water, washed clean every day by Broome's 10 metre tides. The colours of Broome will amaze you.

Gantheaume Point is an ideal place to see the vibrant red sandstone cliffs meet the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Dinosaur footprints over 130 million years old can be seen here at very low tide.

A visit to Willie Creek Pearl Farm allows visitors to learn about the intricate process of cultured pearl farming. Malcolm Douglas' Crocodile Park is home to some of Australiaメs biggest crocodiles and feeding tours are both educational and entertaining. Or visit a working Kimberley cattle station and gain a fascinating insight into how the cattle industry operates today.

Flights or overnight 4 wheel drive camping tours take visitors from Broome to a magnificent string of gorges, the perfect place for hiking, swimming in cool freshwater pools or camping under the stars! A scenic flight over the Buccaneer Archipelago, the untouched coast of a "thousand islands", is an experience not to be missed.

From its rough-and-tumble romantic pearling history to the cosmopolitan character and stunning natural attractions, the colours and moods of Broome will capture your soul!

Working hours

Customs Officers 24 hours
Quarantine Officials 24 hours
Immigration Officials As for Customs

Customs and immigration

Passenger Manifest Three copies at the first port of call with one copy to Immigration with the passengers card one copy to Customs and the third copy to remain on board the ship.
Embarking Passenger Manifest 3 copies - 1 to Customs 1 to Port 1 stays
Crew Manifest 2 - 1 at first port to Immigration 2nd stays.
Stores List 2 (Aust. Customs Service and Sydney Ports Corporation
Customs Declaration (Ship) 1 (Australian Customs Service)
Customs Declaration (Crew) 2 (Australian Customs Service)
Forms Comments All forms listed above are produced at the first Australian port of call and then one copy of each form travels on board the ship to be produced at subsequent ports.
Customs Declaration (Passengers) One at first Australian port of call only.

Port health

Health Declaration One (pratique) at first Australian port of call only


The following Ground Handlers are CDU members and supply superior ground handling services throughout Australia.



Arrival Departure Restrictions No
Tidal Variation 9 metres
Prevailing Currents 3 knots - 5 knots in spring
Prevailing Winds
Length of Channel N/A
Depth of Channel 13 metres at zero datum on new approach channel opening January 1999.
Comments Size of vessel governed by length of berth (183 metres and depth of 10 metres at zero datum. Largest vessel to visit: Superstar GRT 76,800 LOA 268 metres.

Depth and breadth of turning basin

Location of Turning Basin 18.5ᄚS 122.13.2ᄚE
Diameter 0.5 mile wide and 0.5 mile length
Depth Least depth 6.1 metres
Other points Approach to turning basin 5 metre patch channel rock (below datum)


Pilotage Name Port of Broome
Pilotage Address PO Box 46, Broome WA 6725
Pilotage Phone No 61 9192 1304
Pilotage Fax No 61 9192 1778
Is Pilotage Compulsory Yes on all vessels with a GRT>500t
Position of Pilot Pickup 4 nautical miles west of Gantheaume Point
Distance from Berth 8 nautical miles
Pilot VHF Channel 16
Description of Pilot Boat 17 metre vessel
Pilot Hours 24 hour
Pilotage Fees Charges cover both inward and outward pilotage.
  (1,500 - 3,000) $1670
  (3,001 - 5,000) $2234
  (5,001 - 10,000) $3239
  (10,001 - 20,000) $400
  (20,001 - 30,000) $468
  (Over 30,000) $5136


Shipping Agents:

Shipping agents

The following CDU members offer superior service throughout the region.

Port Operations/Service

Barwil Agencies Oceania
Address 9/189 Kent Street Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone +61 2 9439 7223
24 hour contact +61 416 189 760
Fax +61 2 9439 8587
Services Contact: Greg Coopman.
Oceania Maritime Services (OMS)
Address Level 12, 15-19 Bent Street SYDNEY NSW 2000
Telephone 61 2 82273000
24 hour contact +61 411 123 013
Fax +61 2 92230029
Website N/A
Services Rebecca Reid
Information on other Shipping Agents can be obtained from the Port Authority (see Port Operator).


Are tugs available No
Are tugs compulsory No
Tug operator`s name N/A
Tug operator`s fax N/A
Ship or tug lines N/A
Tug working hours N/A


Working hours Available 24 hours

Port officials

Working hours 0730 to 1630
Overtime Yes - before or after normal working hours


Stevedoring Name or details of suitable stevedores, please contact the Shipping agent
Stevedoring Address n/a
Stevedoring Telephone n/a
Stevedoring Fax n/a
Working Hours n/a


For details of several quality, competitively priced provedores please contact the Shipping Agent.


Telephones Yes
How many n/a
Notice required Yes


Fuel Grades Diesel
Quay or barge Quay
Suppliers Shell/BP/Ampol


Fresh Water Yes
Exquay or barge Yes
No of hoses 2
Capacity per hose/hour 60 tonnes
Tonnes per hour guaranteed 100 tonnes
Type of connect BIC
Connect size in inches 2.5 inches

Dry garbage

Dry garbage Yes
Barge alongside No
Containers available Yes
Size of containers 44 Gallon drums with lids
Number available As required
Incineration or dump Incinerator
Facilities to transport Road tanker

Wet garbage

Wet garbage Yes
Ship or shore pump Shore
Sludge disposal Yes
Sludge details Arranged on request


Port Charges Berthage dues $0.12 per gross registered tonne per day. Water $1.60 per kilolitre.

Repair facilities

Nearest dry dock Singapore
Length 300 metres
Maximum Tonnage 80000 GRT
Divers Available n/a
Engineering facilities n/a


Dredging undertaken No
Dredging when n/a


Port operator

Name Port of Broome
Address PO Box 46 Broome WA 6725
Telephone 61 8 9192 1304
Facsimile 61 8 9192 1778
Web Site
Email Address

Berth details

Berth Broome Deep Water Jetty
Maximum draft "10 metres outer
Tidal variation 9 metres inner"
Berth length 183 metres
Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships N/A
Are other ships able to dock N/A
Cargo ships at dock N/A
Security fences N/A

Nearest ports

Australia Darwin
Nearest Overseas Port Bali


Terminal facilities

Terminal Building n/a
Meet and Greet Facilities n/a
Toilet Facilities n/a
Telephones n/a
Availability of Maps and/or Brochures n/a
Souvenir Shopping n/a
Money Exchange n/a
Is the US Dollar Accepted? n/a


Closest Airport to Pier Broome
Distance to Airport 8 km
Transport to Airport n/a
Can Passengers Walk to Town n/a
Drive Time from Pier to Shuttle Stop n/a
Distance from Pier to Town Centre 8 km
Are Shuttle Buses Necessary n/a
Suggested Shuttle Stop in Town n/a
Availability of Taxis at Pier n/a
Availability of Public Transport at Pier n/a
Other Forms of Transport at Pier n/a

Tour buses

Distance from Ship to Tour Buses n/a
What is the Normal Coach Capacity n/a
Are Tour Buses Air Conditioned n/a
Are Refreshments Provided on Buses n/a
Are Cold Towels Provided on Buses n/a
Are Step Stools Provided on Buses n/a


Tourism operators in Western Australia:

Albany Port Authority

City of Fremantle

Fremantle Ports

Port of Broome

Tourism Western Australia

News / Events


Between March and October each year, when conditions are just right,