The Willie Tour

The Pearl Lugger – Sail the Willie in Broome

Sail back in time on the Willie an old pearl lugger in Broome, Western Australia. The Willie has been brought back to Broome after spending recent years in Malaysia. Today the remarkable old lugger has been refurbished and offers cruise tours out of Broome.

The Pearl Lugger Tour

The Willie is a reproduction of a traditional pearl lugger, built in Fremantle in 1980, the 67-foot gaff-rigged schooner has two Tasmanian Huon Pine trees for her masts.

In 2011 The Willie was fishing for Mother of Pearl in the North West, doing what she was initially intended, just like pearl luggers that were sailing the shores of Broome in the early 1900s. During this time she became the last working pearl lugger in Western Australia.

The Willie has had an eventful history, she has worked as a pearl lugger, fishing boat, private charter vessel, surf charter vessel in Indonesia and completed scientific explorations discovering ship wreaks and working National Geographic.


Book a tour on a most iconic pearl lugger to sail our West Australian waters. The Willie offers private charters and the classic sunset cruise. The sunset cruise includes pick up and drop off in a comfortable courtesy bus, a brief history tour and complimentary food. With a well-stocked open deck bar all you need to do sit back and relax.

Once under sail listen to stories of the rich history and culture of Broome and the surrounding area. There’s plenty of marine life to enjoy, including whales, dolphins, manta rays, sea snakes, turtles and dugongs.

Bring along your bathers, a towel, a hat, some sun screen, a light cardigan and a camera! Slip-on shoes are advised for the landing on the beach.

The tour costs $150.00 Per Adult / $120.00 Per Child (2-12yrs).

Click here to book a Sunset Cruise on the Willie.

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