Tide InformationPlease find below links to the latest tide information from the Bureau of Meteorology.
- 2023 BOM TIDE TABLES FOR BROOME (Click to download pdf)
- 2024 BOM TIDE TABLES FOR BROOME (Click to download pdf)
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Special dates and Tides - Staircase to the Moon, Dinosaur Footprints and Flying Boat Wreck dates...
We have also created a special dates document that is marked up with all of the Staircase to the Moon dates, dates that the Gantheaume Point Dinosaur Footprints are visible (on tides less then 2.16m) and the Catalina Flying Boat Wrecks (visible on tides less than 0.86m).
Please check the sunrise/sunset times for optimal viewing. Sunlight hours are important for footprints / boat wrecks.
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We recommend you allow an hour to walk to out to the wrecks, and an hour to return to shore. Enclosed shoes are also recommended.
The wrecks are protected under the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990. Please do not disturb them, do not remove artefacts and do not walk on exposed structures.
We have some fantastic photos of the flying boat wrecks in the shallows of Roebuck Bay by Maddison Hall here.
The Broome Historical Museum is a fantastic place to start reading. They have lots of information as well as books for sale. When you come to Broome, you can visit the museum and see artefacts and learn more. We also have a new art installation near the new jetty at Town Beach called 9 Zeros - 9 Stories which was created to acknowledge the 80th anniversary of the Broome air raid.
The giant tides are part of Broome's unique charm, 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. View our marked up tides chart for dates when the tides are low enough to walk out to the flying boat wrecks (you will need to cross check the sunrise and sunset times for your own safety).
Sunrise and Sunset times
View sunrise and sunset times for Broome here or use the widget below.
Neap tides are when there is the smallest difference between low and high tides.
Below are the dates for neap tides in 2023 between March and October (so no Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventure tours operate on these dates).
September 2023 - 24th, 25th and 26th
October 2023 - 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 23rd, 24th, 25th
Neap Tides are part of the normal tidal cycle and occur each month when the sun and moon are at right angles to the earth. During this time, their total gravitational pull on the Earth’s water is weakened because the water flows from two different directions – high tides are lower, and low tides are higher. For this reason, Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures does not operate during a neap tide.
Season opening is 22nd March 2024 and season close Friday 8th November 2024.
The power of the Horizontal Falls water flow is determined by fluctuating tidal movements. During slow water dates, the tidal movements are minimal, meaning the horizontal waterfalls are relatively inactive making for a scenic boat cruise and an opportunity to take in spiritual and historical significance of the area in a more relaxed setting. Please note – respecting local Indigenous beliefs, we only traverse the Wide Gap (first set of Falls) and do not go through the Narrow Gap (second set of Falls) however guests will see the narrow gap at a safe distance. During Slow Water days, there will be very minimal water movement visible in the narrow gap. The experience of the Falls flow will differ from tour to tour as we operate in an environment that is different every day.
2024 Neap Tides and Slow Water datesfor Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures
Note: All dates/availability are subject to change and local conditions may impact availability.