Using historic maps and photos, Bart takes you on a journey back through time to Broome’s early days as a frontier pearling town. Broome’s occasionally dark and colourful history unravels on this relaxed and fun walking tour.
The tour begins with Bart describing the landscape and Yawuru people’s place within it, introducing you to the language and cultural heritage of the area. You will learn about saltwater people, the seasons, the land, plants and food that sustained this ancient coastal culture for thousands of years.
The tour then heads towards Chinatown where Bart retells tales of the town’s pearling history iIllustrated with photos and maps, Bart recreates 1940’s Broome, pointing out interesting features and landmarks. Hear stories of Roebuck Bay Hotel, Sun Pictures, Johnny Chi Lane and the opium dens, brothels and gambling houses of the lively, chaotic and lawless Broome of the early 1900s.
Afterwards, visitors can then wander off and have a coffee in Chinatown at the end of the tour.
Duration: 1.5 hours - 2 hours | What to bring: Comfortable shoes, hat and a water bottle