Welcome to the Birdlife Australia Broome Bird Observatory
BROOME BIRD OBSERVATORY is dedicated to the conservation of migratory shorebirds. We foster science-based study, public education and alliances with conservation organisations from the local to international level.
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- The Broome Council has declared that Crab Creek Road is currently OPEN to all vehicles, although many pools are still present on the road. Please be aware that the last 6km before the observatory are very corrugated.
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, depending on road conditions.
A location of global significance
The Broome region is regarded as the most significant site in Australia for shorebirds as well as being of high signifcance among other locations for shorebirds across the world. Roebuck Bay has the greatest diversity of shorebird species of any site on the planet and around 150,000 of these birds visit annually. The magnificent coastal scenery of Roebuck Bay provides a fitting backdrop for the birds and is a stunning attraction in its own right.
Broome Bird Observatory was established in 1988 by BirdLife Australia (Australia’s peak scientific and recreational birding organisation) as a research and education facility. Its principle aim is to work for the conservation of migratory shorebirds which visit Roebuck Bay along with the many endemic birds of Broome.
Drop in for a day or stay a few weeks
The Observatory also welcomes guests from all over the world to experience exciting and educational nature tours or visit for a day or as long they wish. We have accommodation packages to suit most styles and budgets in a delightful bush setting on the shores of the bay.