Welcome to the BirdLife Australia’s Broome Bird Observatory
Established in 1988 by the RAOU (Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union), now BirdLife Australia, as a research and education facility, our principle aim is to work for the conservation of the migratory shorebirds which visit Roebuck Bay.
We’re passionate about the amazing birds that visit and live in globally-unique Roebuck Bay, and we strive to share this passion with the people of Australia and abroad to encourage the preservation of this international treasure, and our flyway, for generations to come.
The observatory is located on the north-west coast of Australia on the shores of Roebuck Bay: Just 25 kilometres east of the town of Broome and some 2,400 road kilometres north of Perth. We are currently open for accommodation, camping and tours.
Access is dependent on road conditions on Crab Creek Rd during the wet-season months of November through April. Please check road-conditions online, or phone us, before attempting to visit. Please also note, the turnoff to Crab Creek Rd from the Broome Highway has been relocated 1.7km east (towards Derby) of the Cape Leveque Rd intersection as of 2015.
“Roebuck Bay is at the receiving end of the most species-rich of all shorebird flyways, and these shorebirds end up in the most biodiverse marine province of the world. Be it within the context of Australia, Australasia or the world, Roebuck Bay has no match.”
- Life Along Land’s Edge