“Tell me the story..
About how the sun loved the moon so much..
That she died every night..
Just to let him breathe…”
As the sun touches the Indian Ocean, a camel train meanders along the beach. I ready my camera, preparing for the perfect shot – camels in silhouette – the quintessential image of Broome in northwest Western Australia.
A short time later, I join the crowds gathered at Roebuck Bay to watch the Staircase to the Moon. This natural phenomenon occurs three nights of every month from March to October – the full moon rises over the exposed mudflats of Roebuck Bay at extremely low tide, which creates the optical illusion of a staircase reaching for the moon.
Broome was founded as a pearling port in 1883, and is situated between the desert and the Indian Ocean. It’s a tropical oasis for travellers wanting to get off the beaten track, and my visit was the halfway mark of a four-wheel drive tour from Perth to Darwin (including crossing the remote and spectacular Kimberley region).
I was in Broome at the perfect time, and it was pure luck. I’d never heard about the Staircase to the Moon and I was far more concerned about getting photos of the camels at sunset on Cable Beach. But both were amazing!
I’ve never seen another moonrise to surpasses this one, and doubt I ever will.
For more information about Broome’s Staircase to the Moon, click here.