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Broome Surf Membership to Gantheaume Level – 10,000 Birds

Over latest years we have now learnt to not take having the ability to journey with no consideration. Fortunately we have now loads of locations near dwelling that we are able to go to. There are nonetheless many roads closed after our latest floods. Though some roads have been reopened they are often closed at very brief discover after we get extra torrential rain.

We take pleasure in biking and strolling and we are able to simply cycle on the flat bike path to Cable Seashore, which is about 3.5kms from dwelling. We at all times park on the Surf Membership, as a result of there’s some shade for our bikes and presently of 12 months there are very not often different individuals on the seaside. Nonetheless, if there’s some surf there will probably be a couple of eager surfers attempting for a wave. Because of the presence of the lethal Irukandji jellyfish presently of 12 months you might be suggested to cowl as a lot of your physique as attainable earlier than you enter the Indian Ocean. The signal within the header reveals the hazards this week and generally there’s a crocodile warning too.

Cable Seashore surf

We’re largely seeing bigger jellyfish washed up in the mean time and they’re larger than a dinner plate.


There are a number of stroll trails that come throughout via the dunes in Minyirr Park. Most of the paths are about one kilometre from the parking areas on the freeway. You too can run or stroll parallel to the dunes within the bush and canopy over ten kilometres with the choice to come back over to Cable Seashore in a couple of locations. There are a number of indicators excessive up on Cable Seashore to point out you the route via the dunes. There are additionally indicators presently of 12 months for the turtles which can be at present nesting alongside our shoreline.

Turtle nesting signal

The stroll south alongside Cable Seashore from the Surf Membership to Gantheaume Level is roughly 6 kilometres every method. The airport runway in Broome is simply over the dunes, so anyone flying into Broome will get a very good view of Cable Seashore earlier than they arrive presently of 12 months.

Qantas touchdown in Broome over Cable Seashore

Following on from our latest floods within the Kimberley we have now much more plane than regular and there are a number of defence power helicopters and planes utilizing Broome airport in the mean time. In addition they fly in over Cable Seashore, so though you could be alone on the seaside you might be below a busy flight path this 12 months. Three years in the past there have been nearly no plane coming to Broome!

Plane in Broome flying in over Cable Seashore

On very large tides presently of 12 months there are sometimes shorebirds on Cable Seashore about half-way to Gantheaume Level. This week the larger tides have been at evening somewhat than within the day, however there was clear proof that the shorebirds had been roosting at evening on the seaside. The shorebirds had left many footprints and you possibly can clearly see the place that they had taken off from leaving deeper prints within the moist sand. There have been a couple of feathers alongside the seaside too.

Shorebird evening time roost proof

About half-way to Gantheaume Level there was numerous pure particles washed up this week after the tough seas. There are additionally fairly a couple of dragonflies about in the mean time they usually don’t all survive. In coming months there will probably be many extra dragonflies and that will probably be a sign within the change of our seasons right here in Broome.

Seashore particles

Crab carapace


By the point I obtained to Gantheaume Level on my stroll this week the tide was excessive and the shorebirds have been all gathered on the rocks. The Sooty Oystercatchers have been being cautious to not get lined in surf spray with an eye fixed on the waves!

Sooty Oystercatchers

The Reef Egrets have been watching out for any small fish. Gantheaume Level can be a very good location for quite a lot of Terns to roost at excessive tide.

Reef Egret

Crested Tern

Widespread Sandpipers like to face within the shade of the rocks at Gantheaume Level. We’ve but to look at one other shorebird species that’s so eager to search out shade! Because the tide pushed in, one Widespread Sandpiper needed to run via the ocean to discover a new shady spot!

Widespread Sandpiper

There have been quite a few different shorebirds all roosting at Gantheaume Level this week together with Pied Oystercatchers, Gray-tailed Tattlers, Nice Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Higher Sand Plovers, Lesser Sand Plovers, Crimson-necked Stint, Ruddy Turnstones and Sanderling. The shorebirds are all very properly camouflaged and simply missed except they transfer because of the rising tide. Sanderling are the extra apparent of the shorebird species with their pale plumage towards the rocks.

Shorebirds roosting on the rocks

Ruddy Turnstones

It takes a couple of hours to stroll from the Surf Membership in Broome to Gantheaume Level and again and also you do want to hold loads of water at any time of 12 months. Relying on the tide you could have numerous moist sand seen or it’s possible you’ll be strolling excessive up on the seaside.

There may be at all times one thing fascinating to see and there are alternatives to stroll sections of the paths somewhat than the entire stroll.

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