The Kimberley Coast has the biggest tides in the southern hemisphere. The difference between high and low tides is up to around 10 metres. Take time to study our tide charts to make the most of your stay. Low tides offer the best chance to see dinosaur footprints, the flying boat wrecks and the staircase to the moon while knowing when the tide is high can save you getting your car stranded on the beach!
The huge amounts of water shifting through the Kimberley coastal region create a unique and wonderful spectacle. Perhaps the highlight of this is the Horizontal Falls, a natural wonder unique to the Kimberley, which can be seen on a variety of organised tours or alternatively try the Giant Tides tour at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm on the Dampier Peninsula.
LATEST TIDE TABLES
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CATALINA “FLYING BOAT” WRECKS
The mud of Roebuck Bay has done a very good job of preserving the aircraft. At extremely low tides, the plane wrecks are visible to those who wish to walk the kilometre across the Roebuck Bay mud flats from Town Beach. The Catalina Boat Wrecks are fully visible at tides less than 0.86m. It is recommended you allow an hour to walk to out to the wrecks, and an hour to return to shore. Enclosed shoes are also recommended. Alternatively see the wrecks on a hovercraft tour.
The giant tides are part one of Broome's unique charms but it is important to know the times of the tides if you plan to drive on Cable Beach or want to try your hand at mud crabbing in Roebuck Bay. Tide predictions from the Department of Transport can be found at http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine/19102.asp