History 2016-11-17T12:35:41+00:00

Roey history

The Roebuck Bay Hotel – today affectionately known as “The Roey” was established in 1880 by E.W. Streeter and was one of the first buildings built in Broome when it was only a tiny settlement with a few shanties.

E.W. Streeter was a London Jeweller who held pearling interests in Broome and South-East Asia.  At the same time that he built the Roebuck Bay Hotel, he also built and owned Streeters Store which sold pearls and Mother of Pearl.

The Roebuck was built to encourage the pearling lugger crews to remain in Broome and was where they would relax and unwind after their long days at sea. The original building was destroyed in a fire in 1904 and had to be rebuilt.

The Roebuck Bay Hotel has changed hands many times over the years and had many renovations and changes.

Mrs Nightingall purchased the hotel in 1955 and made extensive renovations, including the addition of pre-made bedrooms which were transported by semi-trailer from Perth. In 1973 the hotel changed hands again, purchased by the Swan.


Roebuck Bay Hotel in the old days

Bar maid at the old Roebuck Bay Hotel

Roebuck Bay Hotel in the 70's


Prominent Broome identity, Brian Coppin, purchased the hotel in the late 80’s and made a number of extensions and renovations including the reshaping of the front bar, abolishment of the separated indigenous bar (now the TAB), renovation of the beer garden to a superb live band venue- now called the Oasis Bar, creation of the two story accommodation and pool and opening of the Pearlers Bar and Bistro.

In the early 2000’s Coppo also purchase of the local nightclub at the end of Dampier Terrace, now known as Skylla Lounge Bar.

The Roebuck Bay Hotel has always been a focal point for social gatherings and has continued to be so until the current day. There is no more authentic Broome experience than a visit to the “Roey”.