Staircase to the Moon

Staircase to the Moon 2018

You have to see it to believe it! This amazing natural phenomenon takes place along the Pilbara and Kimberley Coastline, when the full moon rising across the exposed tidal flats creates the impression of a staircase leading to the moon.

These are the dates and time for Broome for 2018. In the Pilbara, the Staircase appears a few minutes later than Broome, so please check with the local visitor centre for the correct times for that location. Dates and times have been supplied by Greg Quicke's Astro Tours.  Visibility varies in strength depending on weather, sunset, moonrise and the tides.


April 2018

1 April


2 April


3 April


30 April 17.58

May 2018

1 May


2 May


30 May


31 May  18.52

June 2018

1 June


29 June


30 June


July 2018

1 July  20.03

28 July


29 July


30 July


August 2018

27 August


28 August


29 August


September 2018

25 September


26 September


27 September


October 2018

25 October


26 October



Staircase to the Moon

Best locations to view Staircase to the Moon

The Staircase appears along the shores of Roebuck Bay - Town Beach and the Mangrove Hotel are the most popular spots, with night markets at Town Beach complementing this special event. 

The boardwalk at Onslow and Sunset Beach are beautiful spots for both sunsets and Staircase to the Moon.

Head to the Lookout at Settler's Beach for Staircase to the Moon in this beautifully restored ghost town.

Karratha & Dampier
A half an hour’s drive from Karratha, Hearson’s Cove’s expansive mud flats make it an ideal spot to watch the Staircase.

Port Hedland
A special Staircase to the Moon viewing deck has been erected next to the Cooke Point Caravan Park on Goode Street.

Cape Keraudren Nature Reserve
Campers at Cape Keraudren Nature Reserve have a prime spot for Staircase viewing.


More to explore...

Staircase to the Moon takes place during the spring tides, when the difference between high and low tides is at its greatest. This can be a great time to explore some other tidal attractions.

Horizontal Falls 

Horizontal Falls

The Horizontal Falls are always great to see, but during spring tides the greater volume of water flowing through the falls is truly spectacular. 

Take a scenic flight from Broome to fly over the falls, or join a tour that takes you on an exhilarating trip through the gap!

More about the Horizontal Falls

Dinosaur Footprints Broome Hovercraft  

Dinosaur Footprints

While the (re)discovery of some dinosaur footprints on Cable Beach in 2016 caused great excitement, visitors are still drawn to Gantheaume Point on very low tides to view the dinosaur footprints at the base of the cliffs. Check with Broome Visitor Centre for the dates and times when the footprints are visible. Other footprints are best viewed by hovercraft on a Broome tour.

More about Gantheaume Point


The Catalina Flying Boat Wrecks

The Catalina Flying Boat Wrecks

The wreckage from the Catalina Flying Boats, which were bombed in Roebuck Bay on 3rd March 1945, can be seen at tides below 0.86m. The wrecks can be viewed by walking out from the Catalina's boat ramp - please allow an hour each way to ensure you have plenty of time. 

 Kimberley Tides at Kooljaman Cape Leveque

Kimberley Tides

The ebb and flow of the largest tropical tides in the world form the beating heart of the Kimberley. Find out more and browse some of the tours showcasing tidal experiences at the link below!

More about the Kimberley tides.

Iron Ore carriers at Port Hedland 

Pilbara Ships

If you'd like to see the delicate choreography of the iron ore carriers or the cruise ships making their way in and out of Pilbara, check the tide times first! These huge ships can only manoeuvre during high tides.

 More about Port Hedland and Karratha.

Sunset from Derby Jetty

Derby Jetty 

Seeing the mudflats from the Derby Jetty at low tide it’s hard to imagine the volume of water that the 14m tide carries as it sweeps in and out of the King Sound. Stay just a few more hours and you won’t have to imagine – the Kimberley tides change every 6 hours!

More about Derby.

Photographing Staircase to the Moon

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