Roebuck Bay, Broome

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Roebuck Bay is a bay on the coast of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Its entrance is bounded in the north by the town of Broome, and in the south by Bush Point and Sandy Point. It is named after, the ship captained by William Dampier when he explored the coast of north-western Australia in 1699. The Broome Bird Observatory lies on the northern coast of the bay.
Roebuck Bay is a 550 km2 tropical, marine embayment. It has red sandy beaches and areas of mangroves, with the eastern edge of the bay being made up of linear tidal creeks. It is surrounded by grasslands and pindan woodland.
The northern shore of the bay is dominated by a long and low red cliff, 2–6 m in height, of pindan soil which gives the beaches there their distinctive red colouration. It overlies yellowish-red Broome Sandstone of Cretaceous age which, when exposed at the base of the cliff, shows occasional fossil footprints of dinosaurs.
Landward of the mangrove-lined creeks along the eastern shore are bare flats that are only flooded on high spring tides, with the hypersaline soil inhibiting the establishment of vegetation, except for some areas of samphire.
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  • One of the most impressive things in this area is the colours. One place where you are particularly aware of this is Roebuck Bay. These turquoise waters contrast with the green of the mangroves, as well as the red of the sand... This play of colours is best revealed from the aircraft, or (slightly weakened) from the observation tower near the city centre.
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  • Our suites overlooked the bay which was very convenient to view the Staircase to the Moon. Very pleasant outlook.  more »
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  • "Attractions:staircase to the Moon (" The end of each month from August to October, when the full moon is reflected at the low tide of the mud flats, the moonlight is divided into a step "); Birds paradise."
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