Places Rated: Broome, Australia

The November/December issue of Traveler features our annual “Places Rated” survey of destination stewardship, and this year 340 expert panelists rated 99 coastal destinations around the world. Here on the blog, we’re going to highlight some of these coastal destinations and are interested in adding your feedback to the mix. What do you think?

Australia: Broome
Rating: 61 — “In the Balance” category

Located on Western Australia’s sparsely populated northwest coast, Broome boasts an ethnically diverse population and spectacular red-earth beaches. The travel industry is “limited in its visual impact” and has developed in an ecologically sustainable manner. Some members of our panel worried that authentic Aboriginal culture is difficult to find.

Why did the place earn this score? Read representative panelist comments after the jump.

“Ranges from a seemingly endless stretch of sand at Cable Beach to large areas of mangrove habitat. Tourism development is largely concentrated in only a few places and is limited in its visual impact. Aboriginal culture features primarily in souvenir shops.

Visitors have few chances for a meaningful interaction. A boat cruise along the Kimberley coast rewards you with an outstanding scenic, natural, and cultural experience.”

“Broome is a typical tourist town, but the coastline southwest of it is spectacular and unspoiled! The Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat is a classic environmentally friendly coastal development.”

“Broome’s future is pretty safe because of its remote location and its strong local and state government.”

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Survey scoring system:
   74-84 Top Rated
   65-73 Doing Well
   55-64 In the Balance
   48-54 Facing Trouble
   34-47 In Trouble
   22-34 Near Catastrophic

See all 99 ratings and representative panelist comments online and share your thoughts below.

Photo: Matthias Breiter

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