Pleasure of Broome without the crowds
Red rock and aquamarine sea in Broome. Picture: TWA

Tomorrow, Broome's main tourist season comes to an end and the wet season kicks in.

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And many travellers might not know the many benefits that come with visiting the 16,000-person town in this "low season".

Glen Chidlow, chief executive of Australia's North West Tourism, says that heading to Broome around this time of the year is a good decision for several reasons.

"It's a perfect time to enjoy the warm days and balmy nights of the topical summer season in Broome. It's also a great time for fishing and a nice time to be in the Kimberley in the lead-up to the warmer months," he says.

Mr Chidlow adds that while the sunsets in Broome are beautiful all year, he thinks they are particularly special during the tropical season.

As well as the aesthetic and interactive benefits that Broome has to offer at this time of year, the prices are very affordable compared with the high period.

"There are currently a number of great flight and accommodation packages available to this exotic holiday destination, and those choosing to come at this time of year can enjoy all that Broome has to offer without the crowds," Mr Chidlow says.

General manager of the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa Ron Sedon says its rates changed last week and accommodation prices have been cut by about 40 per cent.

"We have about six to eight different packages for the wet season including ones for short stay, longer stay, deals that include breakfast or various other benefits such as children eating free and complimentary transportation to and from the airport," Mr Sedon says.

Several bars and restaurants make the decision to close throughout this period but Mr Sedon is optimistic that with a few changes to its hotel it will have a healthier season than ever.

"This year the majority of our facilities will remain open, though we do rationalise the Club Restaurant because it will be closing over February," he says.

"This year for the first time we are going to keep the Thai Pearl Restaurant open throughout the wet season because it has proved to be really popular."

• The Mango Festival is a major highlight in the town of Broome, generally taking place on the last weekend of November. Hosted to celebrate the local growth of the summer fruit, a number of events and activities take place, including the Mango Quiz Night, Mango Cocktail Party, Mango Tasting and Mango Cook Off Brunch.

• The Great Bartenders of Broome and the Great Chefs of Broome contests also take place, both of which are extremely popular at the festival.

• For those who love fresh food, there's also the Broome Courthouse Markets which operate every Saturday of the year between 8am and 1pm. Here a big variety of local produce, food and handcrafts are sold.

Mr Sedon couldn't express enough his love for Broome, encouraging everyone to head up north whenever they get the chance.

"I think Australians gravitate to Bali and Phuket in the same kind of season, thinking there's no reason to come up here," he says. "Broome doesn't have the rainfall that parts of Queensland and Darwin do and we have a lot of sunny days.

"I think that the wet season portrays Broome in quite a uniquely different perspective and we believe there's a market there that people will find attractive."

The West Australian

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