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The “Asian wild west” of Australia: Broome!

At the top end of Western Australia is one of the most multicultural towns in Australia, a mix of Aboriginal, Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Indonesian and Anglo cultures that has given Broome the title of the “Asian wild west” of Australia.
27 November 2009
Set on a long white beach between a vast red desert and azure blue sea, Broome received the title at the turn of the 20th century when pearl drivers, Aboriginal stockmen and Japanese geishas all had a place within the community.

originally a pearling port, the harvesting of oysters for mother of pearl in the 1888s in Broome saw a huge influx of workers from Japan and Malaysia to help in the pearling industry, which operated alongside vast grazing cattle and livestock properties.

The result of such a multicultural history has left Broome a distinct and charismatic place, a wild and friendly frontier town where world class pearls are produced.

Take a trip on a pearling lugger, or delve a little into the outback mustering lifestyle in Broome, both is possible with an Australian Travel Visa.

All international visitors, unless they have an Australian or New Zealand passport, must have an Australian Travel Visa. The most popular of these is the ETA Visa, which allows for multiple entries into the country for three months for tourism purposes.