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Broome is a beautiful, laid back, friendly town in tropical northwest WA and is the gateway to the Kimberley region. If hitching from Perth to Darwin or vice versa, Broome is definitely a worthwhile stopover for at least a week if possible. In the dry season (April - October) it's full of travelers, tourists and seasonal residents, making it easy to get a ride to just about anywhere (challenge yourself with a hitch on the Gibb River Rd, or up to Cape Levique!). There is abundant live music, markets, beach parties and gatherings of all kinds happening almost every night of the week.

In the wet season (November - March), Broome's population decreases by about two thirds, and although it is much hotter and wetter, there is still enough going on to warrant a stopover. Just avoid swimming at the beaches during these months as the jellyfish are in. Hitching to and from Broome in the wet season is not as easy as in the dry, but still very doable.

Hitching Out

You can probably get a ride from the middle of town if you tried, however if you head to the end of Old Broome Rd to the junction at Gubinge Rd (See the map for exact spot), you will get double the amount of traffic. Make sure to start early (5 or 6am!) if you want to get long distances! You will possibly offered a ride out to the Roebuck Roadhouse 30km from town- take it, as this is a good spot to ask truckies and travelers for rides north or south.

North to Darwin

Don't listen to Wolfe Creek!! If you get a ride with a truckie, it is likely they will take you all the way to Darwin (if they are heading to Wyndham, which many are, tell them you are trying to get to Darwin, and they will drop you at the Kununurra turnoff).

South to Perth

Again, the Roebuck roadhouse is a good place to start (unless you get lucky in town.) It is at the turnoff to the highway heading south, so plenty of people are heading that way.