4-day small group tour providing intimate encounters with shorebirds and flatback turtles
This rewarding eco tour experience is located in the breathtaking natural surrounds of Western Australia’s Kimberley Coast.
The northern Australian coastline provides an excellent nesting ground for turtles and Broome’s Roebuck Bay is acknowledged as being one of the migratory, shorebird capitals of Australia. 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 naturalist guides to discover the remarkable and untouched Kimberley Coast and experience authentic Aboriginal insights into the Yardoogara land and living culture. Enjoy close encounters with flatback turtles and contribute through citizen science, recording data on nesting activities. With over 25 years experience in turtle monitoring projects, our guides will share their expertise and insights into the turtle nesting behaviours. Stay at the stunning and environmentally friendly Eco Beach Resort with plenty of time to enjoy northern Australia’s beautiful coastal scenery and the fantastic resort facilities. This is a truly remarkable experience and a rare opportunity to connect with our natural world.
- Expert naturalist guides with over 25 years turtle and wildlife research experience
- Intimate encounters with turtles
- Aboriginal cultural tour and welcome to country
- Expert guided shorebird tour
- Spectacular coastal scenery
- Time to relax and enjoy the award winning and eco friendly Eco Beach Resort
- Beautifully appointed ensuite eco tent or air conditioned villa accommodation
- Small group, personalised experience of up to 8 people
- Supporting flatback turtle conservation
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Departs: Broome during November and early December
Price: From $1,840 per person
Broome and Cable Beach hotel pick up and travel to Roebuck Bay and the internationally renowned Broome Bird Observatory. The Broome region is home to more than 325 species of birds. This is more than one third of Australia’s total species and includes 55 species of shorebirds, which is nearly a quarter of the world’s total.
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. Join a shorebird tour with our local guide to discover amazing stories of the lives of these birds and witness some of the great sights in nature. You will also hear about the conservation importance of Roebuck Bay and the extensive research that is conducted on the shorebirds. Lunch and journey to Eco Beach Resort. Overlooking a beautiful beach, and turtle nesting ground, the resort has received Advanced Eco Certification for its sustainable lodge operations. Time to relax and maybe take a dip in the infinity pool, before a talk on flatback turtles and the monitoring program. Dinner and evening beach walk alongside our experienced guides in search in nesting flatback turtles. (LD)
Breakfast and cultural tour with our local Aboriginal guide. Discover the connection to country and the importance of the sea and land to the regions Aboriginal people. Time to relax, take in the beautiful the surrounds, take a dip in the pool, go for a kayak, treat yourself to a delicious lunch at the restaurant or visit the local bird hide in the afternoon. In the evening just before high tide we walk the beach in search of nesting flatback turtles. With over 25 years experience in turtle monitoring projects, our guides Steve and Anne will share their expertise and insights into the turtle nesting behaviours, false crawls, egg chambers, sand temperatures, egg incubation periods and hatchlings. (BD – snacks will be available to make a light self serve lunch if you choose)
Optional early morning sunrise and shorebird walk with our naturalist guides. The morning is a beautiful time for a walk when the temperatures are cooler. Time to enjoy the resort facilities, enjoy a yoga class or relax taking in the endless coastal views at the infinity pool. Evening beach walk in search of nesting flatback turtles and turtle monitoring. (BD – snacks will be available to make a light self serve lunch if you choose)
Leisurely breakfast before our departure back to Broome. On route back to Broome we visit Gantheaume Point where spectacular red rock cliffs overlook the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Its also where ancient dinosaur footprints dating back 130 million years are preserved in reef rock. Return to Broome accommodation or airport will be at approximately 1.00pm. (B)
About our naturalist guides
Steve Winderlich and Anne O’Dea have over 25 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, volunteer engagement, education, interpretation and training. They operated one of the longest turtle research projects in Australia on Field Island in Kakadu National Park. 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
L- light self serve lunch
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 alcohol is allowed in your accommodation, otherwise you can purchase supplies from the resort bar at your own expense. Additional meals and snacks may be purchased at your own expense from the resort restaurant (please note that during this time of the year the restaurant hours can be limited during the week).
Easy to moderate – activities involve walking along the beach in soft sand at night, in warm climatic conditions. Depending on the nesting turtle activity we can walk up to 3 kilometres.
- Group of up to 8 people
- Minimum age for participation is 10.
- Participants under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult.
- Departures subject to 5 people travelling .
Flatback turtles are listed as ‘Vulnerable’ in Western Australia and under the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and data deficient by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Turtles are threatened by habitat loss, oceanic pollution, climate change and the wildlife trade, among other factors.The data gained from the Eco Beach research contributes to data the IUCN need to determine the status and management needs of Flatback turtles which are the only sea turtles that occur mainly within the Australian continental shelf.
Location and Transportation
This holiday is located at Eco Beach, 130 km’s South East of Broome on Western Australia’s Kimberley Coast.
You will be transported from Broome in an air conditioned vehicle with forward facing seats. The approximate travel time to Eco Beach is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
You will be staying at the 4 star, award winning Eco Beach Resort. This stunning eco-friendly resort offers luxurious spacious safari-style eco tents or beautifully appointed air conditioned villas, all with private bathroom facilities. Choose from twin, double or single room options. Linen provided.
Tip: The turtle season is during the build up when the humidity can be high. If you have difficulty with the heat and humidity we recommend booking an air conditioned villa.
Please note the nesting turtle season takes place during the resorts low season. Some services, tours, activities and the resorts restaurant may be limited and closed during Monday – Thursday.
All prices are for 4 days 3 nights, per person.
Ensuite Eco Tent, Twin/Double room – $1,840
Ensuite Eco Tent, Single room – $1,990
(Ensuite Eco Tents do not contain air-conditioning)
Garden View Ensuite Villa, Twin/Double room – $1,995
Garden View Ensuite Villa, Single room – $2,345
Ocean View Ensuite Villa, Twin/Double room – $2,300
Ocean View Ensuite Villa, Single room – $2,700
Accommodation • transfers from Broome • experienced naturalist guides • turtle viewing and monitoring activities • guided shore bird activities at Broome Bird Observatory • meals as indicated •Aboriginal cultural tour
The turtle program takes place during Eco Beach resorts low season and the resort restaurant, tours and activities may be limited during parts of this trip.
Alcoholic beverages • travel to the Broome departure point • lunch day 2 and 3 – self serve snacks will be available or you can enjoy a beautiful lunch at the resorts restaurant • optional extra tours and water sport equipment • travel insurance
2017 dates TBA
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