An unforgettable, 3-day small group bird tour discovering the shorebird capital of Australia
Broome’s Roebuck Bay is acknowledged as being the shorebird capital of Australia. The Broome region is home to more than 325 species of birds, over one third of Australia’s total species. This includes 55 species of shorebirds, which is nearly a quarter of the world’s total. From September to April the vast, nutrient-rich tidal mudflats are visited by half a million wader birds that have flown an 11,000 kilometre journey non-stop from Siberia, North Asia and the Arctic Circle.
Join our expert guides as they introduce you to the diversity of bird life and local wildlife in and around the internationally recognized Roebuck Bay. Discover amazing stories of the lives of these birds and witness some of the great sights in nature. Explore diverse and rich mangrove ecosystems, watch thousands of roosting shorebirds on red sandy beaches and enjoy the setting of Western Australian sun over vast empty plains. Cruise on the waters of Roebuck Bay Marine Park for spectacular views, birdlife and marine sea life. You will also discover the conservation importance of the region and the extensive research that is being conducted on local shorebirds.
Our guides are experienced birdwatchers with an intimate knowledge of the region regions birds. Whether you’re new to birdwatching or targeting something specific, this small group experience is tailored to suit your needs.
- Expert naturalist guides with over 20 years’ experience
- Intimate encounters with a variety of bird species
- Expert guided bird tours in the shorebird capital of Australia
- Boat based eco tour on Roebuck Bay in search of marine life, shorebirds and Snubfin dolphins
- Spectacular coastal scenery
- Stay overnight at the Bird Observatory
- Small group, personalised experience of up to 8 people
- This eco tour supports local shorebird conservation and research efforts
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Departs: Broome, November 2018
Price: $895 per adult | $810 per child
Day 1 Broome – Roebuck Bay – Bush and Plains Bird Tour
Hotel pick up and travel to the internationally renowned Broome Bird Observatory. Ideally situated on the shores of Roebuck Bay, Broome Bird Observatory has unequalled access to the hundreds of thousands of migratory shorebirds which visit the region. We settle into our accommodation for the next few days, before a light lunch and an overview of the conservation importance of Roebuck Bay. In the afternoon we join our local expert guides for a bush and plains tour. The natural grasslands of Roebuck Plains Station are home to a wide variety bird life including pipits, bushlarks, cisticolas, bustard and quail, Oriental Plover, Yellow Wagtails and sometimes Oriental Pratincole. Freshwater lakes and claypans are homes to dozens of species of ducks and shorebirds, including Brolgas, Black-necked Storks and large numbers of Little Curlew.You’ll experience the magic of Roebuck Plains at sunset as we seek out local bird and wildlife species including raptors, Brolgas, and the Northern Nail-tail Wallaby. Return to our accommodation base for a group dinner. (LD) Overnight: Broome Bird Observatory
Day 2 Mangrove and Shorebird Tour
Breakfast before our expert guided bird tour. We begin at the end of Crab Creek Road, where the pindan meets the plain and the extensive mangrove system of the eastern shores of Roebuck Bay begins. The mangroves around Broome are havens for a variety of species including Broad-billed Flycatchers, White-breasted Whistlers, Red-headed Honeyeaters, Mangrove Golden Whistlers and many, many more.
This tour includes a walk of about one kilometre, each way, walking on sand along the beach and a small section of mud to reach a more extensive area of mangroves along Little Crab Creek. You will spend time deep among the mangroves, searching for several special birds typically restricted to this habitat, including Mangrove Grey Fantail, Dusky Gerygone, and Broad-billed Flycatcher. After emerging on the far side of the mangroves, good views can be had of the abundant bird life feeding out on the Roebuck Bay mudflats, and a variety of other fascinating creatures are likely to be encountered.
Afterwards we leave the mangroves visiting roost sites along the northern shores of the bay during the high tide period. At this time, the shorebirds are forced from their feeding areas by the rising tide and come to rest at specific locations along the shoreline. This gives us an unique opportunity to view a wide variety of shorebird species at relatively close range which helps to discern the sometimes subtle features that distinguish the different species.
Your guide will describe key identification criteria, as well as discuss the ecology and conservation importance of Roebuck Bay and the incredible life cycle of the migratory shorebirds that utilise the bay. You will also hear about the extensive research that is conducted on the shorebirds of the bay.
In the afternoon you have the option to relax back at our accommodation base, or take an afternoon self-guided bird walk. Sunset drinks and group dinner. Note: The times of tours are subject to tide times and may vary slightly. (BLD) Overnight: Broome Bird Observatory
Day 3 Broome Bird Observatory – Snubfin Dolphin and Roebuck Bay Eco Tour
Breakfast and morning boat cruise on the beautiful Roebuck Bay. In 2015 Roebuck Bay became of international importance and was declared an Australia marine park. Home to dugongs, turtles and rare Australian snubfin dolphins, Roebuck Bay provides extensive seagrass meadows for feeding and is a major nursery for numerous species of marine life. Cruising the bay by catamaran is the perfect way to experience the regions spectacular marine environment including sea and bird life. Our approximate arrival time back to Broome is 12.30pm. (B)
About our naturalist guides
Steve Winderlich and Anne O’Dea have over 20 years’ experience in natural and cultural resource management. They are passionate about marine and terrestrial protected areas and wildlife. Their experience includes running research and monitoring programs, bird tours, volunteer engagement, education, interpretation and training. Steve and Anne have interesting stories to share having spent time working in National Parks including Fraser Island, the jointly managed Kakadu National Park and more recently Papua New Guinea. Ann also featured in the ABC Television Series – Kakadu.
B- Self serve continental breakfast
Meals are a group activity with everyone assisting with the catering. Meals are simple and wholesome, using fresh local produce. If you have special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we are happy to assist. BYO alcoholic beverages.
Easy. This tour involves some short walks of up to 2 – 3 kilometres in warm climatic conditions and sometimes on soft sand.
- Small group experience of up to 8 people
- Minimum age for participation is 8 years.
- Participants under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult.
- Departures subject to 4 people travelling.
The Bird Observatory exists to facilitate research focused on Roebuck Bay and migratory waders in the East-Asian Australasian Flyway. Their principle aim is to support the conservation of the migratory shorebirds which visit Roebuck Bay. This eco tour supports the ongoing important work of the Bird Observatory through use of their accommodation and local specialist guides.
Location and Transportation
This eco-tour is located at Roebuck Bay on Western Australia’s Kimberley Coast.
You will be transported from Broome in an air conditioned vehicle with forward facing seats.
2 nights’ accommodation at the Bird Observatory in basic but comfortable air conditioned single, twin or double rooms. Guest amenities with toilet and shower facilities are shared and a short walk from your rooms. Linen is provided, please bring a bath towel.
All prices are for 3 days 2 nights, per person.
Twin or Double Room (shared bathroom facilities): $895
Single Room (shared bathroom facilities): $895
Child 8 – 12 years: $810
2 nights’ accommodation • transfers from Broome • experienced naturalist guides for the duration of the tour • specialist guided bird tours at the Bird Observatory • all meals • 3.5 hour Snubfin Dolphin and Roebuck Bay Eco Tour
Departs Broome: 11.00 am
Email us to register for 2018 dates
Pick up locations and approximate times:
– 11.00am Mercure Broome
– 11.15am Mangrove Hotel
– 11.30am Oaks Cable Beach Sanctuary
– 11.45am Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa
Returns: Day 3 at approximately 12.30pm – Broome accommodation
Pre and Post Tour Accommodation
Do you need pre or post accommodation in Broome? We can assist you with accommodation bookings in Broome and Eco Beach. Email us your dates, preferred price range and if would like to stay in Broome or Cable Beach.