Staircase to the Moon

If you're looking for a relaxed holiday destination with plenty of natural beauty, Broome is the place for you. Situated on the northwest coast of Western Australia, Broome is known for its stunning sunsets and picturesque coastline.   The Broome peninsula juts out into the Indian Ocean and is one of the rare places where you can see the sunrises and sunsets over ocean on either side of the peninsula.

As well as the magnificent sunsets, one of Broome’s biggest attractions is its Staircase to the Moon – a natural phenomenon that occurs each 2-3 days each month between March and October. The best time to see it is during the full moon, when the tide is low and the rising moon reflects an enchanting staircase off the rippled tidal flats of Roebuck Bay.

Where to see the Staircase to the Moon in Broome

Whilst most people are used to the picturesque sunsets over Cable Beach, you will find the Staircase to the Moon rises on the other side of the Broome Peninsula, over Roebuck Bay.
There are three main locations that are ideal for viewing the Staircase to the Moon:

broome golf club staircase to the moon

The Broome Golf Clubhouse is located only 2 minutes’ walk from Habitat Resort though a bush path and is one of the best kept secrets for viewing Staircase to the Moon. The recently completed clubhouse has a great outdoor bar area for viewing the Staircase to the Moon. They occasionally hold functions at the Clubhouse to coincide with Staircase nights so keep an eye out for our posts and newsletters.


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Town Beach

The Town Beach area has been heavily landscaped over the last two years with a focus on providing an outdoor entertainment area. Town Beach is beautifully set out to provide good viewing areas for the Staircase with lots of grassy areas and a stepped rock area. The newly completed jetty will also provide great viewing.

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Mangrove Hotel

The Mangrove Hotel is another popular spot to view the event, often with live entertainment on Staircase night.

Staircase to the Moon Broome Markets

The first two days of Staircase to the Moon generally also play host to the Staircase to the Moon markets at Town Beach. These markets have a mix of stalls from the Courthouse Markets as and some that are just at the Staircase Markets. There are lots of food stalls to try the multinational range of cuisines reflecting Broome’s history, there are many handicrafts, works from local artists, a tempting range hand made products, a variety of international food, and the sounds of local entertainers. 


*Photos courtesy from Broome Markets

Staircase to the Moon Dates and Times

See the dates and times below for when the Staircase to the Moon can be viewed (note – don’t be late, the moon waits for no-one!):

August 2022

Friday 12th 5.58pm
Saturday 13th 7.01pm
Sunday 14th 8.00pm

March 2023

Wednesday 8th 6.50pm
Thursday 9th 7.23pm
Friday 10th 7.57pm

July 2023

Tuesday 4th 6.20pm
Wednesday 5th 7.29pm
Thursday 6th 8.35pm

September 2022

Sunday 11th 6.40pm
Monday 12th 7.36pm
Tuesday 13th 8.30pm

April 2023

Friday 7th 6.34pm
Saturday 8th 7.13pm
Sunday 9th 7.58pm

August 2023

Wednesday 2nd 6.15pm
Thursday 3rd 7.21pm
Friday 4th 8.23pm

Thursday 31st 6.03pm

October 2022

Monday 10th 6.17pm
Tuesday 11th 7.11pm
Wed 12th 8.06pm

May 2023

Saturday 6th 5.53pm
Sunday 7th 6.42pm
Monday 8th 7.37pm 

September 2023

Friday 1st 7.05pm
Saturday 2nd 8.05pm
Saturday 30th 6.45pm

November 2022

Wednesday 9th 6.50pm
Thursday 10th 7.45pm
Friday 11th 8.40pm

June 2023

Monday 5th 6.26pm
Tuesday 6th 7.31pm
Wednesday 7th 8.38pm

October 2023

Sunday 1st 7.45pm
Monday 2nd 8.45pm
Sunday 29th 6.26pm

Monday 30th 7.28 pm

Tuesday 31st 8.29 pm

People also ask...

What is the Staircase to the Moon?

Staircase to the Moon is a natural phenomenon which occurs when a full moon rises over the exposed tidal flats of Roebuck Bay. The Staircase to the Moon happens 2 - 3 days a month between March and October. Visibility may vary depending on the local weather, tides, sunset and moonrise.

Where can you see the Staircase to the moon?

Whilst most people are used to the picturesque sunsets over Cable Beach, you will find the

Staircase to the Moon rises on the other side of the Broome Peninsula, over Roebuck Bay.

There are three main locations that are ideal for viewing the Staircase to the Moon:
- Town Beach
- Mangrove Hotel
- Broome Golf Club

How long does Staircase to the Moon last?

Staircase to Moon is a natural phenomenon best witnessed in Roebuck Bay, Broome. The experience usually occurs over 3 nights on a full moon, between March and November.

Can you see the Staircase to the Moon from Cable Beach?

No. The full effect of the staircase is best viewed from either the Mangrove Hotel or the Town Beach, which – not to be confused with Cable Beach – is located in town at the end of Robinson Street.

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