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: There are currently roadworks in place for the first 1-2 km along Crab Creek Road, and the final 1-2 km before the BBO. Please adhere to signage.
The BBO will be CLOSED for tours and accommodation from the 15th of December, until mid-January depending on accessibility of Crab Creek Rd. Please check the status of Crab Creek Rd here.
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.