Pearl Luggers Tour
It is often said that Broome's pearling industry is as rich in culture as it is in pearls. Come and experience a fascinating insight to Broome's unique heritage at Pearl Luggers, in the heart of Broome's "Chinatown". Let us take you on one of the most fascinating historical journeys in Western Australia.
Immerse yourself in a tale of hardship, adventure and intrigue.
This unique 1.5 hour tour offers a guided commentary on Broome’s pearling history. Travel back in time to an era of courageous men who lived a life of danger, fortune and adventure. Visitors are captivated as 150 years of Broome’s unique maritime and pearling heritage is uncovered in the very environment where the history was made – amongst the mangroves on the foreshore of Roebuck Bay’s Dampier Creek.
Pearl Luggers is located right in the heart of ‘Chinatown’ and features a fully rigged and restored pearl lugger surrounded by a replica inter-tidal jetty and tenders store. It is without doubt the closest link to the pearling era of long ago where daily life ebbed and flowed with the comings and goings of the great pearl luggers fleet.
Learn of the perils of the deep and discover first hand what made the pearl divers life so hazardous and what drove so many to put their lives at risk. Was it the riches, the status or just the lure of the pearl?
Through daily guided tours and enthralling stories learn of the impact pearling has had upon Northern Australia and why such a large number of nationalities were enticed, often by force, into our pearling industry.
View two of the last surviving and perfectly restored pearling luggers, the vessel synonymous with Broome, surrounded by a reconstructed tidal jetty and an authentic pearlers store. Filled with memorabilia from actual hard hat diving suits to the hand-powered pumps that fed precious air to the deep sea divers below, this store provides the backdrop for an entertaining and enlightening insight into the development of pearling.
Audiences are captivated as 150 years of Broome's unique maritime and pearling heritage unfolds in the very environment where the history was made – amongst the mangroves on the foreshore of Roebuck Bay's Dampier Creek.
History of pearling in Broome, including hard hat diving
Pearl luggers (boat) display
View historical pearling artifacts
View mother of pearl artifacts
Exclusive pearl meat tasting
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2020 - 2021 season. The 2020 - 2021 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021. The 2021 - 2022 season rates commence on the 1st April 2021.