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. You will have close encounters with Flatback Turtles and contribute through citizen science, recording data on nesting activities. 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 20 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 villa accommodation
- Small group, personalised experience of up to 8people
- Supporting Flatback turtle conservation
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Departs: annual tour; dates for 2017 to be confirmed
Price: 2017 rates to be confirmed
Travel to Roebuck Bay for a tour at the international renowned Broome Bird Observatory. Arrival at the beautiful Eco Beach Resort. Time to relax before a talk on the Flatback Turtle research program. (LD)
Cultural tour with our local Aboriginal guide. Time to relax and enjoy the surrounds before our evening beach walk alongside our experienced naturalists in search of nesting Flatback Turtles. (BLD)
Early morning sunrise and shorebird walk. Time to enjoy the resort facilities or relax taking in the endless coastal views at the infinity pool. Evening beach walk, turtle viewing and monitoring. (BL)
Leisurely breakfast before our departure back to Broome. Visit Gantheaume Point where dinosaur footprints are preserved in reef rock and spectacular red rock cliff cliffs overlook the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. (B)
B- self serve continental breakfast
L- light self serve lunch
D- group catered dinner
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 can be during the week).
Easy to moderate – activities involve daily beach walks up to 5kms at night.
- 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 EPBC Act 1999 and data deficient by the World Conservation Union. 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. Offering 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.
Please note this research program takes place during the resorts low season. Services, tours, activities and the resorts restaurant may be limited and closed during the week.
All prices are for 4 days 3 nights, per person.
Garden View Eco Tent – Twin/Double room – TBA
Garden View Eco Tent – Single room – TBA
Ocean View Eco Tent – Twin/Double room – TBA
Ocean View Eco Tent – Single room – TBA
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
Minimum age for participation is 10 years.
Accommodation • transfers from Broome • turtle viewing and monitoring activities • 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 or closed during parts of this trip.)
Alcoholic beverages • travel to the Broome departure point • dinner on Day 3 evening • optional extra tours and water sport equipment • travel insurance
2017 dates TBA
If you would like more information, please email us.