There are many things which make Broome completely unique. One of the most visible is its multicultural mix. It would have to rank as one of the most diverse cultural small population centres in the world.
This is a community which celebrates its cultural diversity. Look at the multi-coloured and featured faces in most of the local schoolrooms and you will start to understand just how amazing this mix of cultures and colours is.
Each year the Shinju Matsuri festival celebrates this diversity, and a harmonious mix it is. You will find an array of cultures participating in most community activities and organisations.
And there are plenty of Broome community organisations and clubs to become involved with, welcoming new members and volunteers.
If sport is your thing, it’s also Broome’s biggest thing. Broome has around 30 sports clubs that cater for everyone from recreational players right through to highly experienced participants.
These include, but are not limited to football, martial arts, athletics, badminton, basketball, netball, gymnastics, pistol shooting, cricket, mountain bike riding, motor cross, speedway, rugby, squash, swimming, gymnastics or bowling. There’s bound to be something that sparks your interest.
Australian Rules Football, or AFL competitions have been played in Broome for over 90 years and across generations. People of all abilities and both genders, aged from five years and upwards, can get involved.
Soccer is growing rapidly in Broome for both women and men. It’s played outdoors throughout the dry season. The Broome Soccer Association (BSA) is the largest soccer association in the Kimberley region, coordinating competitions for juniors, youth and adults.
If you’re keen on a water-based sport, be sure to check out the Broome Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC). Founded in 1987, the club provides a volunteer beach safety service at Cable Beach to the Broome community and to the thousands of visitors. Broome SLSC also runs a Nippers program that teaches children surf safety and surf sports skills.
Serious about your swimming? Barracudas Swimming Club has coaches and classes to improve your form. The club also has an energetic junior squad and organises meet-ups and competitions.
Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre, or BRAC for short, is a multi-purpose facility that caters for a wide range of activities and sporting services. It plays host to organisations offering cricket, swimming, squash, tennis, netball, basketball, circus skills, AFL, soccer and touch rugby.
BRAC’s outdoor pool is protected from the sun by shade sails and heated during the dry season. A full schedule of community classes are conducted at BRAC, including learn to swim, aqua aerobics, yoga, fitness, social badminton and table tennis.
Broome boasts several commercial gyms featuring full equipment, personal training, coaching, F45 and crossfit. The local PCYC also houses a gym equipped with personal trainer.
Juniors are well catered for, with Broome Nippers training, motorcross, Barracuda’s Swimming Club and most of the other sports cater for children.
Yoga is offered at several spaces around Broome, such as The Loft Studio, Flow Movement Space, the Blue Body Buddha Sanctuary and Life & Soul Fitness.
There are a range of sports, and relaxation massage options, as well as alternative therapies. Meditation spaces are also available.
And becoming part of a community group or organisation is key to nurturing mental health and wellbeing.
They say that volunteers are the glue which holds communities together. Nowhere is this more true than in the remote town of Broome. With a substantial transient working population, many locals are cut off from extended family. Volunteering is a great way to create local family by contributing to the community. It can also teach new skills and provide a platform for finding new friends.
Broome CIRCLE on Frederick Street offers a Volunteer Resource Service that helps volunteers find satisfying roles with not-for-profit organisations. You might find yourself helping out at Feed the Little Children, Broome Bird Observatory, Cable Beach Turtle Monitoring, SAFE Broome (Saving Animals from Euthanasia) or in one of Broome’s opportunity shops.
If you’re interested in health, you could become a St John Ambulance volunteer and assist with raising funds, running events or, most importantly, saving lives.
Lions Club of Broome has provided community services in the Broome area since 1971. This includes financial, welfare and practical support to those in need. The Club also supports many different local, national and international charities. Be sure to also check out, the Lioness Club of Broome, which meets the first Monday of the month.
Rotary Club of Broome raises funds for various projects within the Broome community. The club meets twice a month and welcomes new members and guests. Annual Rotary Club projects include the Dragon Boat Races and the White Ribbon Gala.
The Broome RSL Club provides a place to call home for returned service personnel. Everyone is welcome to visit the Club, which has a restaurant, a children’s play area and darts and bingo nights.
With its access to creeks, river and ocean, fishing is a big activity across the entire Kimberley region. At Broome Fishing Club you can meet other fishing enthusiasts. Boasting around 500 members, the Club runs a range of fishing competitions and events for its members and the wider community. Clubrooms overlook the launching ramp at Entrance Point and visitors are welcome.
Sailing, kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, paddle boarding, jet skiing, you can indulge in a list of water sports almost as long as your imagination.
Visiting the great outdoors is the logical recreational activity with Broome’s immediate access to the great outback and the rugged, pristine Kimberley wilderness. Whether it’s by road or boat camping, or via small plane staying at remote cattle stations, getting out amongst nature is something everyone can do pretty much all year round.
Events like Kyle’s Cable Beach Walk and the Gibb River Challenge combine training with community outcomes and fundraising.
If you are artistic, you will find Broome is your natural home. It has one of the largest artist populations per capita in Australia, and local galleries, along with home studios offer a glimpse into a rainbow of styles.
The light in Broome, along with the vibrant natural colours of the scenery, are envied globally by photographers, film makers and artists from a range of disciplines.
During the dry season, Broome has new art exhibitions openings and launches almost weekly.
There are courses available for beginners, and many find Broome inspires them to express themselves creatively in new ways.
Dance, gymnastics and circus skills classes offer adults and children many options for developing their physical artistic abilities, along with their physical fitness.
Broome inspires creativity in musicians from all genres. Musical treats each year include Opera Under the Stars, new music fusion events and wonderful performances by local and visiting artists.
Writing is another artform which flourishes in Broome, with the annual Corrugated Lines festival offering workshops, readings, and visits by creative writers from across the country. You can find local publications at historic Kimberey Bookstore and Magabala Books opposite the Broome Visitor Centre.