Staircase to the Moon 2021
- Staircase to the Moon in Broome 2021
- Natural phenomenon
- Free entry
The Staircase to the Moon is a natural phenomenon caused by the rising of a full moon reflecting off the exposed mudflats in Roebuck Bay at extremely low tide, to create a beautiful optical illusion of a stairway reaching to the moon. This spectacular sight occurs from March through to November.
Plan your stay in Broome around these dates or book a "Staircase to the Moon" Broome holiday package.
If you are going to stay in Broome on your travels, plan your other Broome tours so that you can be in town to witness the Staircase to the Moon.
Staircase to the Moon dates & times 2021:
- 29th @ 6.32pm
- 30th @ 7.16pm
- 31st @ 8.03pm
- 27th @ 5.50pm (17 minutes after sunset, so it could be too bright to see the effect)
- 28th @ 6.40pm
- 29th @ 7.34pm
- 27th @ 6.13pm
- 28th @ 7.15pm
- 29th @ 8.19pm
- 25th @ 5.58pm
- 26th @ 7.03pm
- 27th @ 8.06pm
- 24th @ 5.47pm (13 minutes after sunset, so it could be too bright to see the effect)
- 25th @ 6.49pm
- 26th @ 7.48pm
- 23rd @ 6.30pm
- 24th @ 7.24pm
- 25th @ 8.15pm
- 21st @ 6.06pm
- 22nd @ 6.56pm
- 23rd @ 7.46pm
- 21st @ 6.29pm
- 22nd @ 7.19pm
- 23rd @ 8.10pm
- 20th @ 6.57pm
- 21st @ 7.40pm
- 22nd @ 8.41pm
Thanks to Greg Quicke @ Broome's Astro Tours for the moonrise times and dates. Why not join an Astro Tour when you are in Broome!
Where are 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!
TIP: if you are wanting to take photos of the moonrise, we recommend you purchase an image from one of the photography stalls at the market. It is a difficult image to take. We know, we have tried and have seen so many disappointing images of others that have also tried. One mistake people make is to leave the flash on their device which only highlights the other people watching or washes out the scenery! And a tripod is almost essential. Some people are so busy trying to take the perfect image that they actually do not really see the moon rise.
Does it cost to view it?
There is no fee to view the Staircase to the Moon.
What are the transport & parking options 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.
All quoted prices in AUD and include GST.