Broome Bird Observatory

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Broome Bird Observatory

Broome Bird Observatory

ON ROEBUCK BAY: ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT SHOREBIRD DESTINATIONS

Established by Birds Australia in 1988 as a centre for research and conservation, Broome Bird Observatory also welcomes visitors from the world over.
Broome Bird Observatory (BBO) is located on the north-west coast of Australia on the shores of beautiful Roebuck Bay; Just 25 kilometres east of the town of Broome and some 2,400 road kilometres north of Perth.

The Broome region is regarded as the most significant viewing site in Australia for shorebirds and among the top four in the world. It has the greatest diversity of shorebird species of any site on the planet and more than 800,000 birds visiting the area annually.

BBO was established by Birds Australia (a non-profit conservation organisation) in 1988 as a research and education facility with the principle aim of working for the conservation of migratory shorebirds which visit Roebuck Bay along with the many endemic birds of Broome.

The Mud Lab is an important feature of the Observatory. This is a well equipped laboratory, facilitating research into the mud-dwelling organisms of the bay upon which the migratory waders feed. The Mud Lab is available for use by researchers and tertiary education study groups.

Accommodation: The Observatory provides accommodation including camping sites, dormatories and a comfortable guest house, all in a natural bush setting. Ammenities include toilets, hot showers and access to a well equipped kitchen/dining area and BBQ.

Facilities: Visitors have access to our natural history library and audio/visual display room. Well marked trails with display panels and self-guided botanical tour trails lead visitors on walks where the vast array of flora and fauna, particularly birds and reptiles, can be found. A short stroll to the shores of Roebuck Bay rewards visitors with some of the most astounding and beautiful coastal views in Australia, making a superb backdrop against which to view migratory waders in their tens of thousands.

Our expert staff can provide you with the latest information on bird sightings around the Broome area and lead regular tours and courses for birding and nature enthusiasts.

Entry Fees: A $5 entry fee applies for day visitors. Exceptions to this fee are Friends of Broome Bird Observatory members, Birds Australia members, tour participants and guests staying at the Observatory.

Climate: With sunny weather and clear skies for most of the year, the conditions for bird watching are almost always ideal, ensuring that both birding afficianados or casual observers will leave Broome with fantastic experiences and memories to last a lifetime. Broome is situated in the dry tropics, with the most temperate weather from May to September. At that time the days are warm and sunny and the evenings cool. From October to January and March to May the weather is generally warmer, with a higher humidity. The wet season occurs from January to March, when showers and storms are frequent.

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