Ah the Broome Courthouse Markets, the original birth place of BARE leather. How fitting to launch our blog with a rundown of the Broome Markets.
Sprawled over 3 acres of tropical gardens, locals and tourists alike gather every Saturday (and Sunday in the beautiful dry season!) to enjoy the eclectic produce and products Broomies have to offer. A weekly tradition to many locals, and a not-to-be-missed experience for the multitudes of tourists that flood Broome in the winter months.
Originally built as the Cable Station, connecting Broome and subsequently, Australia to Java via a submarine telegraph cable. Now, the oldest Cable Station still standing! The foundations for the original Cable Station kitchen, now the same slab of concrete used for the toilet block. The Cable Station was converted to the Broome Courthouse in 1920 and has remained the home of justice in Broome since. Built of Iron and Timber it has an absolute 19th century colonial charm to it.
You walk into the markets and instantly breathe in the flavours of Broome, from Matt’s Authentic Filipino Cuisine, serving the BEST dumplings in the Kimberley, to The Bao Shed, Stu’s kitchen, bottling the finest chilli sauce in Broome, or a deliciously refreshing ‘frozen fruit thingy’ (seriously, that’s what they’re called!) from the Juice Bar, there’s no way you won’t find something delicious to consume. If you know a thing or two about Broome’s history, it is largely entwined with Japanese, Chinese and Filipino culture, a mixing pot of incredible traditions and food, which is evident in the array available at the Markets.
Head over to the Kimberley Information and Travel Centre stall and book any and all tours you could possibly want to do in Broome, or jump over to Broome Adventure Co. and book a kayaking tour that will blow your mind! There’s plenty to see and do around Broome and the markets will open those doors for you! Even if it’s just a bit of info you’re after, talk to a local and find out what’s good.
Have you been to the Broome Courthouse Markets before? Let us know in the comments and tell us all about it! We’d love to know.
Tara, BARE Leather Team ximages courtesy of the Broome Courthouse Markets.