Broome is known for its breathtaking natural wonders: stunning white sand beaches; a warm, tropical climate, and outdoor adventures right at your doorstep.
And, of course, the unforgettable Staircase to the Moon.
What is the Staircase to the Moon?
The Staircase to the Moon is one of Broome’s biggest attractions. And with good reason.
It’s a curious natural phenomenon that occurs between March and October every year, when the tide is out. The bright orange moon rises over the exposed tidal flats on Roebuck Bay. As it rises, the moon’s reflection off the exposed sand bars creates a magical layered illusion of a shimmering staircase, stretching all the way to the horizon.
As it’s only visible for two or three days each month, it’s a fleeting experience—which is part of what makes it so special.
So if you’re planning a trip around this event, choosing the right accommodation in Broome is crucial to ensure you don’t miss it. Luckily, there’s one hotel where you can view the Staircase to the Moon without even having to leave the premises.
You guessed it: it’s here at the Mangrove Hotel.
Where to see the Staircase to the Moon
With a wide, open view out over Roebuck Bay, Mangrove Hotel is the perfect location to catch the Staircase to the Moon. And the best place to view it is from our very own Bay Club, which looks out over sprawling Roebuck Bay.
But make sure you get there early. The Staircase to the Moon is a popular attraction, and the moon can start to rise as early as 6pm—so the venue gets busy.
Rather than fight your way to the balcony, make it easy for yourself and make an evening of it instead.
Drop on by in the late afternoon, and start your evening with one of our delicious cocktails, or enjoy a cold beer from our rotating tap list. Make it a meal, and choose from a range of delicious share plates and mains, made with seasonal produce and crafted with a special Broome twist.
Then grab a table by the balcony, settle in as the sun sets behind you, and get ready to view the Staircase to the Moon from what we like to think is Broome’s best vantage point.
Staircase to the Moon viewing times in 2023
The fleeting, ephemeral nature of the Staircase to the Moon is part of what makes it so special.
But it’s important that you get the details right. The dates and times differ from year to year, so make sure that the information you find is current—or you run the risk of missing it entirely.
So you don’t miss out, and you can plan your trip accordingly, we’ve got a whole page dedicated to the best times to view the Staircase to the Moon in 2023.
Choose the Broome hotel that gives you the best view
If you’re planning to catch the Staircase to the Moon in Broome in 2023, why not make it something truly special?
The Mangrove Hotel is located above the dunes overlooking Roebuck Bay—so rather than travelling to find the best viewing spot, you’re already there.
With lush tropical gardens, sprawling green lawns, and two swimming pools to have an early morning dip, we’ve created an oasis of calm from which to ground your holiday. Our 60 beautiful rooms and suites feature premium amenities, including a fully equipped gym and laundry facilities.
We’ve got everything you need to make your time with us feel like home.
The Mangrove Hotel is located just up the hill from the centre of town, so you’re close to the best Broome has to offer. Historic Chinatown Broome, the multicultural heart of the town, and the famous pearl showrooms, are just minutes away. Or take a quick trip to Matso’s Brewery, just 350m away along the waterfront, and enjoy the taste of Broome with their range of specialty beers and food.
Our friendly staff can give you tips for our favourite Broome locations, and directions to the must-see attractions, like Cable Beach or Gantheaume Point. We can also help you book tours to make your time in Broome truly memorable.
View the Staircase to the Moon at the Mangrove Hotel
Looking for an unforgettable experience in Broome? Book your stay with us at the right time, to make sure you catch the Staircase to the Moon in its entirety—it’s a breathtaking sight that completes any Broome holiday.