Welcome to 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.
PLEASE NOTE: The BBO will be closed to camping, accommodation and tours from the 6 - 11 October, while we run our Birds of the Broome Region course. We apologise for any inconvenience. Crab Creek Road is entirely dry, but corrugated and sandy. Vehicles with higher clearance are recommended.
We're entirely self-funded.
The Broome Bird Observatory exists to facilitate research focused on Roebuck Bay and migratory waders in the East-Asian Australasian Flyway, and to provide a point of contact and education to the public, both locally and globally.
To fund ourselves we host courses and tours throughout the year, and provide accommodation in the form of basic units, a self-contained cottage, and an un-powered campground with excellent, fully-equipped camp kitchen.
We're devoted to shorebird research.
The Broome Bird Observatory hosts researchers from around the globe with a strong focus on Roebuck Bay and the East Asian Australasian Flyway. There are often ways that you can get involved in research that happens at the observatory such as Global Flyway Networks'(GFN) Dry Season Cannon Netting and the annual Australasian Waders Study Group (AWSG) Northwest Expedition.