Broome in December (Wet Season)

by Judy

I'm from England and keep coming back to WA because I love it. But I am nearly always over in December - February and have never managed to get up to the Broome area.

This time I am definitely doing it, despite not being "the season". Is it still possible to hire a 4X4 that we'll be allowed to drive to places like Cape Leveque and into some wild country at this time of year, and is Kooljaman open or other places to stay at Leveque?

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Nov 01, 2009
Wet season in Broome and on the Dampier Peninsula
by: Birgit

Hi Judy,

Kooljaman is not only open, it is also cheaper than during the season.They have off season specials from Nov to March. (Everything in Broome will be cheaper than during the dry season, too.)

Aboriginal communities like Lombadina or Chile Creek are also open. After all, they aren't mainly tourism ventures but places where people live. If you want to stay there I would however contact them beforehand and let them know you are coming.

Middle Lagoon is purely a tourism venture and only open during the dry season.

Of course you can hire a 4WD. You won't be getting to many wild places though, as most roads will be closed. If you can drive yourself up to Cape Leveque depends on the weather at the time. If it rains a lot, the road becomes impassible. (It turns into a river then.)

Many Australians visit Broome in the off season. It's hot and steamy and you can't swim in the ocean. But Broome is still a great place to relax. It turns into the nice and quiet town it used to be years ago!

Jun 14, 2019
Tours in Wet Season
by: George Gilchrist

I cannot understand why most tours in Broome don't operate in the wet season. A few years ago I visited Darwin in January, and everything was operating. On a recent visit to Broome I was told there had been very little rain in the 2018-19 wet season.
Having lived in Port Hedland for two years in my youth, I understand there can be heavy rain, and I experienced several cyclones.
However, especially with a bitumen road going up to Cape Leveque next year, I think there is a huge opportunity for tourism in the wet season.
Tour operators just have to be flexible and communicate with their clients. If roads are blocked, let them know in time, refund advance bookings if necessary, but keep things going otherwise.
Just my ideas for an area I love, and the wellbeing of those who live there.

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