Broome WA (Kimberley, Western Australia)

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Broome WA cruise port

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Australia - New Zealand - Pacific Ocean Islands

Local Time
2024-07-22 19:35

min: 62 °F (16 °C) / max: 83 °F (29 °C) 73°F
23°C
Wind: 306°/ 2.8 m/s  Gust: 3 m/sWind: 306°/ 2.8 m/s  Gust: 3 m/sLight breeze
2.8 m/s
Min / Max Temperature83 °F / 29 °C
62 °F / 17 °C
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Port Broome WA cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Broome WA, Kimberley, Western Australia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
1 July, 2024
Monday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Orion
9 July, 2024
Tuesday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Cloud07:0016:00
12 July, 2024
Friday
Seabourn Cruises Cruises cruise lineSeabourn Pursuit07:0018:00
19 July, 2024
Friday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Eclipse 2
19 July, 2024
Friday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Orion
21 July, 2024
Sunday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Orion
29 July, 2024
Monday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Cloud07:0016:00

Broome is situated in Kimberley Western Australia's north-west, on the northern side of Indian Ocean's Roebuck Bay. A little port, Broome rose to prosperity in the 1860s with the discovery of abundant coastal pearl oyster beds. The town was founded officially in 1883 and named after Sir Frederick Broome.

In September 2023, Port Broome (locode AUBME) announced a CAD 200 million infrastructure development project with private investments. By this project will be modernized the Port's logistics. The developer is KMSB (Kimberley Marine Support Base Pty Ltd) which was contracted by the Kimberley Ports Authority and will conduct the project fully privately (with its own funding). The project is expected to support annually ~1650 Western Australian jobs.

On September 20, 2019, the State Government announced its approval of the lease agreements enabling KMSB to proceed to the project. It comprises a floating wharf/offloading facility (sized 9900 m2/106562 ft2, fitted with a heavy lift) plus on-land terminal facilities (both interconnected via dual/bidirectional causeway), to be built to the south of the Port's wharf. The new facilities will be multi-use and complimentary for maritime trade and tourism.

Construction works (including dredging to a minimum 17 m / 56 ft draft at low tide) are expected to commence in 2023-Q4. For the construction works KMSB contracted Total AMS Pty Ltd. The project's completion is planned for 2025-Q2.

The city became a mecca for pearl-divers from across Asia, until in the 1950s pearling declined in the face of stiff competition from plastics industry. Some pearl harvesters still remain, and nearby cultured pearls are being farmed.

Town's population is around 15,000, growing up to over 45,000 per month during tourist season. The tidal range in Broome Harbour can be up to 34 ft (10,5 m), which results in large mangrove swamps and mud flats rich in wildlife. Tourists are attracted by the beaches and the "Golden Staircase to the Moon" - seasonal optical illusion created by moonlight reflecting off the ocean floor. Dinosaur footprints can be seen during low tide in the ocean bed west of the town, at Gantheaume Point.

 

For 2019, the port had scheduled a total of 59 cruise ship calls, of which 30 by larger and 29 by smaller ships. There are planned channel widening and dredging to allow docking for larger vessels.

 

Broome WA cruise terminal

Cruise ships in Broome dock at a pier connected via bridge to the shore. Upon disembarkation, the port provides free shuttle buses that transport cruise passengers to downtown's visitors center, and also back to the ship (for embarkation).

For 2019 was scheduled the installation of a new mobile gangway (passenger bridge) to improve transfer times. There is also a proposal for installing a floating pontoon (serving small- and medium-sized ships). It is the best engineering solution for harbour's large tidal range (over 10 m).

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