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 principal 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. Or just come and visit for the day yourself.
PLEASE NOTE: The observatory will be closed to accommodation and tour guests from 25-29 September and 10-14 October 2019, while we are running our Birds of the Broome Region courses. For more information, see here.
We can only recommend 4WD as our road can be sandy and corrugated
POSITION VACANT for Assistant Warden 2020 (volunteer role)
Position description available 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 unpowered 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.