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Witness Staircase to the Moon from March to October.

Between March and October each year, when conditions are just right, visitors to Broome in the North West region are treated to a natural spectacle - the Staircase to the Moon.

 
The natural phenomenon of the Staircase to the Moon occurs when the full moon rises over the exposed mudflats of Roebuck Bay at extremely low tide creating the optical illusion of a staircase reaching for the moon.

The staircase occurs three nights each month from March to October.

For more information on Staircase to the Moon, visit the Broome or Australia's North West page.

 

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Staircase to the Moon
Staircase to the Moon
Visitors to Broome in Western Australia's North West are able to see the natural spectacle – the Staircase to the Moon, when conditions are just right.

Whale Migration
Whale Migration
May signals the beginning of the annual whale migration in Western Australia. Humpback and southern right whales travel along the coast making their way from the food-rich southern ocean to breeding grounds in the warm northern waters.

Dolphins
Dolphins
Western Australia’s warm waters are home to the playful bottlenose dolphin. While they can be found all along the coastline, there are four main regions where visitors are more likely to have a dolphin interaction.

Coral Spawning & Whale Sharks
Coral Spawning & Whale Sharks
One night each March the waters of Ningaloo Reef, in the Coral Coast, literally come alive as more than 200 species of corals spawn.

Turtles
Turtles
Ningaloo Reef, located in Western Australia's Coral Coast, is home to Green, Loggerhead, Hawksbill and Flatback turtles. The turtles come each year to breed amongst the reefs and beaches.

Manta Rays
Manta Rays
You can swim with manta rays all year round at Coral Bay on Western Australia’s Coral Coast. Like whale sharks, manta rays are filter feeders and have a large toothless mouth which they use like a sieve to scoop up plankton and krill.

Wildflowers
Wildflowers
Western Australia’s landscape bursts with colour from July to November, when native wildflowers bloom across the State. Floral extravaganzas can be seen in all regions at different times throughout the season.

Seals & Sea Lions
Seals & Sea Lions
New Zealand fur seals and the commonly seen Australian Sea Lion are prevalent right along the southern waters of Western Australia. You are most likely to see them in Perth, Albany and Esperance.

Migratory Birds
Migratory Birds
Western Australia has a rich diversity of bird life including raptors, seabirds, shorebirds and parrots. Thousands of migratory birds visit each year with the North West being a special spot for waders and shorebirds.