1. THE MUSEUM
A popular stop on every caravanner’s itinerary is the Broome Historical Museum. There’s no need to leave the furkids in the van or tied up outside in the heat though, the Museum welcomes well behaved dogs on a leash.
There are plenty of exhibits and artefacts, a grassy courtyard with shady trees and even an old sailmaker’s shed to sniff and explore.
2. ON THE TRAM
The whole family, including friendly dogs, can immerse themselves in even more history and nostalgia on the Broome Tramway.
Follow the path of the original tramway from jetty to jetty, or experience Broome’s iconic sunset on the beach.
3. K9 KINDY
Training classes for puppies result in calm, responsive dogs. They actually teach the humans how to train their dogs, and form a stronger bond with each other.
All dogs must be under the effective control of their owners when out and about, whether on or off lead, so obedience training allows pleasant jaunts and exercise sessions together.
4. CAFÉ HOPPING IN CHINATOWN
Carnarvon Street is the place for people and pooches to share a relaxed breakfast in style, followed by a spot of shopping.
The Green Mango and Dragonfly Cafes on the main strip have outdoor seating where dogs are able to enjoy people-watching, along with Chi Mayi in Johnny Chi Lane. The Good Cartel, located not far away on the other side of Male Oval, is a popular dog-friendly coffee stop.
Many shops in Chinatown welcome four-legged visitors into their stores – a doggy water bowl outside is a good sign but check before entering. Several family businesses also have their own shop dog to greet customers.
5. REDDELL BEACH AND ENTRANCE POINT
Both are designated as dog exercising areas by the Shire of Broome, and offer spectacular red pindan cliffs contrasting with white sandy beaches, shimmering water, rocks to clamber on, and dinosaur footprints to discover at low tide.
Bring a picnic, yummy dog treats and plenty of water to make it a day out to remember.
6. BROOME VISITOR CENTRE
Check out the brochures and souvenirs, book a tour or two, plan your itinerary with helpful locals or just pick up a map with your best friend in tow.
The BVC can also recommend pet sitters if you are going on an overnight trip to the Horizontal Falls or Dampier Peninsula.
Leashed dogs are welcome in Matso’s beer garden area. Sit back and enjoy live music, snacks and a cold beverage, in good company.
8. THE MARKETS
Broome inspires creativity in many forms – art, photography, jewellery, music – all of which can be enjoyed at the Courthouse and Town Beach markets.
Food vans serve a variety of cuisines, stalls feature local produce and wares.
The best part is that your favourite canine can enjoy all this with you.
9. SHINJU MATSURI FESTIVAL
The annual multicultural Festival of the Pearl takes inclusion to a new level!
Bring your dog (or cat, or chicken…) ready to strut their stuff in the Pets in the Park parade. Prizes are awarded for the best dressed, best trick and most unusual.
The Shinju Hub, now located at the redeveloped Town Beach precinct overlooking Roebuck Bay, is the home and heart of the festival. If your home is not complete without your precious pooch, bring them along to enjoy a sunset drink, artist workshop or local music.
10. SANTA PAWS
Join the pre-Christmas SAFE (Saving Animals From Euthanasia) fundraising photo shoot at Entrance Point, for a special pawtrait with Santa.
Furries of all shapes and sizes, and their families of all ages, are welcome to get into the festive spirit.