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Broome, Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Broome, Australia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Broome?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Broome, they said:

"Broome is a small town located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, known for its unique culture, history, and natural beauty. Before moving to Broome, expats should know that the town has a tropical climate, with a wet season from November to April and a dry season from May to October. The cost of living in Broome can be higher than in other Australian cities due to its remote location. Expats should also be aware that Broome is a popular tourist destination, especially during the dry season, which can lead to crowded beaches and higher prices. The town is known for its pearling industry, and many locals are involved in this trade. The local culture is a mix of Aboriginal, Asian, and European influences, which is reflected in the town's food, art, and festivals. Healthcare services in Broome are good, with a hospital and several clinics in the town. However, for more specialized medical treatments, residents may need to travel to Perth, which is a two and a half hour flight away. Public transportation in Broome is limited, so having a car can be beneficial. The town is also quite spread out, so walking or biking can be challenging, especially during the hot and humid wet season. Housing in Broome can range from modern apartments to traditional houses, and rental prices can vary widely. It's recommended to secure a job before moving to Broome, as the job market can be competitive, especially for positions in tourism and hospitality. Finally, Broome is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including crocodiles, snakes, and a variety of bird species. It's important to be aware of this, especially when exploring the town's beautiful beaches, bushland, and national parks," remarked one expat who made the move to Broome.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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