As the pearling capital of Australia there is no shortage of treasure to be found in Broome. For a history lesson that had my little buccaneers completely captivated, we joined the Pearl Luggers Tour.
Here we learned about the town’s pearling past but also got to check out a real pearl lugger and trace (and even touch) rare artefacts and equipment that was used by the courageous men and women that built early Broome off the back of buttons.
More than 150 years of fascinating history is condensed into 1.5 hours.
For $30 it’s worth the investment in a well- rounded starting point from which to base further explorations.
Then there’s the Brown family who own Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, 200km north of Broome — true blue Australian pearl pioneers.
We learned direct from the farmers about spawning, seeding, growing and grading in a hands-on tour that was as interesting for the kids as it was for me — so much so, my youngest is planning on becoming a pearl farmer with a school of mermaids to help her.
We got to admire pearls worth thousands of dollars and tried pearl meat, a delicacy that can sell for more than $200 a kilogram in Asia. For $35 an adult and $15 for a child, it’s another well-priced tour in a stunning location. It offers a great perspective of why pearls are considered Broome’s most precious souvenir (but only if you if are carrying some serious pocket money). For more information go to cygnetbaypearlfarm.com.au