Australia: Broome

99 Coastal Destinations Rated: Top Rated

Score: 77

Located on Western Australia's sparsely populated northwest coast, Broome boasts an ethnically diverse population and "spectacular" 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.

Here is a representative sampling of additional anonymous comments from the panelists. They are not necessarily the views of the National Geographic Society:

"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.”