Willie Creek Pearl Farm
Hours: Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Willie Creek Pearls is owned and operated by the Banfield Family. The Banfield family moved to Broome in 1989, when Lord McAlpine was developing the town. They purchased Broome Buslines, and successfully developed it into a tour company offering coach tours throughout the Kimberley. After operating tours to Willie Creek, they acquired the Pearl Farm.
Since then they have expanded operations to include commercial pearling, The Zookeepers Store at Cable Beach, historical Pearl Luggers, and Discover Broome. Through these operations, they deliver an entertaining, memorable and complete pearl experience, providing an insight into the home and story behind the Pearl of Western Australia.
Located just 38 kilometres north of Broome, Willie Creek Pearl Farm is perfectly situated on the
scenic and protected tidal estuary of Willie Creek. With ever changing scenery, wildlife and an
array of things to do, Willie Creek offers a fantastic day out.
Our award-winning tour shows visitors first-hand how we produce pearls at our commercial
sea-lease. Guides accompany visitors all the way and show the process of culturing pearls from
collection and spawning of oysters in our hatchery through to harvesting and the final product,
stunning pearl jewellery.
A demonstration using a live pearl oyster is given to reveal the technical and complex operation
involved in starting the pearl process. Visitors are also taken out by boat to view farming operations
on the water inside Willie Creek itself. At selected tour times, guests can also enjoy a pre-booked
lunch or breakfast at Harvest (subject to seasonality). Lunch is served after the tour concludes and
breakfast is served prior. Please refer to our pre-booked lunch and breakfast menus for options.
Willie Creek Pearl Farm requires at least 24 hours notice of tour cancellations.
Where 24 hours notice has been given there will be no charge to the booking agent or in the case of direct booking no charge to the customer.
Less than 24 hours notice of cancellation will incur a charge of 100% of the tour price.
In the instance of illness or unforeseen circumstances and where there has been less than 24 hours notice no charge will be made if the customer chooses to go the tour on a different day or time.
Group bookings require 48 hours notice.
Please note that high tides and wet weather can affect access to the Willie Creek Pearl Farm.
Willie Creek Pearl Farm reserves the right to cancel or postpone tours at any time for this or any other reason.
Travel out of Broome along the Broome Highway for 10km.
Turn left onto Cape Leveque Road.
Travel along Cape Leveque Road for 15km (the last 1km is unsealed).
Turn left onto Manari Road.
Travel along Manari Road for 5km.
Turn left onto Willie Creek Road, and travel along Willie Creek Road for 8km.
Follow the signs and red discs into the Willie Creek Pearl Farm.
Alternatively, during the months through December to April, you may be required to use the blue dot track to access the Willie Creek Pearl Farm as a result of wet season storms.
Please check in with us about which track is best to take if you decide to book a Self Drive Tour.
2007 - 2009 Western Australian Tourism Awards Winner of Tourist Attractions
2010 Western Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame for Major Tour
2007 - 2009 Western Australian Tourism Awards Winner of Major Tour and/or Transport Operators
2010 Western Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame for Major Tour and/or Transport Operators
2007 - 2009 Western Australian Tourism Awards Winner of Specialised Tourism Services
2010 Western Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Specialised Tourism Services
2006 and 2010 Winner of Sir David Brand Award for Tourism
2006 Australias North West Land Operator of the Year