Hiring a car in Broome International Airport
The car hire desk can be found within Broome’s main terminal. The companies that service Broome Airport are Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.
It is highly recommended that you organize your rental car in advance of your trip to Broome, as this is the best way to ensure that you can secure a car for your stay, and have access the best deals.
There are many vehicle options to suit your needs available at BME. You can find economy hatchbacks, compact 4 door sedans, full size vans and 4x4 SUVs. You can also choose from a manual or an automatic transmission, though please note that automatic transmissions are more expensive, so keep that in mind when budgeting for your trip.
Leaving Broome Airport
Broome airport is right in the centre of the city, and a drive into town takes less than 5 minutes. Take Macpherson Street to Short Street, which will take you directly into town.
There are several petrol stations near the airport if you need to fill up your tank before returning your vehicle. Find the Caltex Woolworths on 106 Frederick Street, the Coles Express Broome on Hamersley Street, and the BP on 108 Guy Street.
Driving in Broome
Broome is a very compact town, and getting a handle on navigating your way through its streets won’t take you long. Keep in mind that speed limits can change quickly in a smaller city, and you will be heavily fined if you are caught driving over the limit.
If you’re carrying a foreign license, Australia requires you to hold an International Driving Permit (IDP). Please make sure you carry your IDP and license with you when you are driving in Australia.
What can you see and do in Broome?
This charming city of Western Australia offer its guests many things to do, starting with visiting the town’s fascinating Japanese cemetery, a monument to the city’s history, and the many Japanese pearl divers who lived and worked in Broome. You can also learn about the culture of Australia’s indigenous people through their unique artwork at the Short Street Gallery in the centre of town.
East of the city, a 24km drive away, you can visit the Broome Bird Observatory. The observatory’s location near the shore makes bird watching easy, and guests will get a chance to see some of the most colourful native birds of Australia.
Or try one of Broome’s newer traditions: swap your car for camel, and ride it across pristine Cable Beach at sunset, a wonderful way to experience the city’s coastline.
For a longer trip out, and a chance to see some of the raw Australian outback, cruise along National Highway 1 for about four and a half hours and you will come to Windjana Gorge National Park. The Windjana Gorge is considered to be one of the region’s most beautiful, and in some parts the walls rise to up to an impressive 100m. Visitors are able to hike and camp throughout this park, allowing them a true insight into the heart of wild Australia.
Please note all information is current as of October 2015.