Staircase to the Moon 2016 dates & times

  • Posted by on 6 July 2015

Broome's "Staircase to the Moon" is a natural phenomenon which is created when the full moon reflects of the rivulets of water in Roebuck Bay at extremely low tides on just a few days each month.  This natural event occurs between March and October most years, but tidal influences can extend this event until November at times.

Many travellers know of the event and plan their travels to Broome and the Kimberley region around the Staircase to the Moon.

The best place to see the Staircase to the Moon

One of the best viewing points for this event is from the sands of Town Beach, which offers wonderful views across Roebuck Bay.  Broome community market stallholders also operate their "Moon Markets" on 2 nights of the event.  The market creates a festival atmosphere with many stalls offering a selection of freshly prepared foods to enjoy whilst you are waiting for the moon to rise.  You can find a spot on the surrounding lawns, picnic tables in the adjoining park or on the sands of the beach and enjoy! 

The Mangrove Hotel also offers excellent viewing from their lawns which overlook Roebuck Bay. The Hotel is a great place to sit back and relax over a casual meal and drink, and on the nights of the Staircase to the Moon, you can listen to the sounds of the didgeridoo as the moon rises.  It does make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck! 

Does it cost to view it?

There is no fee to view the Staircase to the Moon.

Transport & parking around Town Beach

If you are a visitor to Broome who does not have a vehicle and your accommodation is located in the Cable Beach precinct (7kms from Town Beach), the Town Bus Service operates a special bus run on the nights of the Staircase to the Moon.  Best Of The Kimberley can provide you with the timetable so that you can plan ahead.  If your accommodation is located in the Old Broome precinct, we recommend that you leave the car behind and enjoy an evening stroll.  With the flat terrain of Broome and footpaths, it is an easy walk.

If you have your own transport, the parking can get a little hectic around Town Beach, so plan ahead and park a little further away and enjoy a short walk.  Pay attention to parking signs, as the Broome Shire Council does put in place special parking arrangements on these nights, which are monitored.

What will the weather be like?

The Broome nights are generally balmy and warm, but we recommend that in May, June & July they can get much cooler so you may wish to take along something warm to slip on after the sun goes down.

What are the dates and times for the Staircase to the Moon in 2015 and 2016?

Please click here to view the exact dates and times to view the Staircase to the Moon.


If you're looking to plan a holiday to Broome to see this natural phenomenon and would like some help planning your accommodation and tours please give our friendly team a call on 1800 450 850 today or contact us here.