Staircase to the Moon

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.

Scroll down for locations and dates and times for 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 Broome Explorer Bus operates extra services for the Staircase to the Moon operating to the Town Beach Markets and Mangrove Hotel. For details of these services, click here.

Dampier Peninsula

Staircase to the Moon may be viewed from the western side of the Peninsula at Gambanan campsite, or from Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm.


First Avenue in Onslow is a beautiful spot for Staircase to the Moon.


Head to the Lookout at Settler's Beach in Cossack 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 is located next to the Cooke Point Caravan Park on Goode Street. 

Point Samson

The Point Samson Peninsula offers spectacular viewing of Staircase to the Moon from the viewing platform.

Cape Keraudren Nature Reserve

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

Staircase to the Moon Dates and Times 2024

These are the dates and times for Broome. 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. 

These dates and times have been kindly supplied by Greg Quicke's Astro Tours. Visibility may vary in strength depending on weather, sunset, moonrise and the tides. Staircase to the Moon Markets in Broome are held at the Town Beach Precinct on Hamersley Street for one night of the full moon April – October. These dates are highlighted with a * in the calendar below; markets also take place every Thursday night from June to September. 

March 2024

Monday 25th 5.59pm

Tuesday 26th 6.31pm

Wednesday 27th 7.04pm

Thursday 28th 7.40pm

April 2024

Thursday 25th 6.20pm

Friday 26th 7.04pm

Saturday 27th 7.54pm

May 2024

Friday 24th 5.49pm

Saturday 25th 6.43pm

Sunday 26th 7.43pm

June 2024

Sunday 23rd 6.35pm

Monday 24th 7.39pm

Tuesday 25th 8.42pm

July 2024

Monday 22nd 6.29pm

Tuesday 23rd 7.32pm

Thursday 24th 8.33pm

August 2024

Tuesday 20th 6.17pm

Wednesday 21st 7.19pm

Thrusday 22nd 8.19pm

September 2024

Wednesday 18th 6.00pm

Thursday 19th 7.02pm

Friday 20th 8.05pm

October 2024

Friday 18th 6.47pm

Saturday 19th 7.54pm

November 2024

Saturday 16th 6.37pm

Sunday 17th 7.44pm