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Roebuck Bay, Broome

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Roebuck Bay is a bay on the coast of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Its entrance is bounded in the north by the town of Broome, and in the south by Bush Point and Sandy Point. It is named after, the ship captained by William Dampier when he explored the coast of north-western Australia in 1699. The Broome Bird Observatory lies on the northern coast of the bay.DescriptionRoebuck Bay is a 550 km2 tropical, marine embayment. It has red sandy beaches and areas of mangroves, with the eastern edge of the bay being made up of linear tidal creeks. It is surrounded by grasslands and pindan woodland.The northern shore of the bay is dominated by a long and low red cliff, 2–6 m in height, of pindan soil which gives the beaches there their distinctive red colouration. It overlies yellowish-red Broome Sandstone of Cretaceous age which, when exposed at the base of the cliff, shows occasional fossil footprints of dinosaurs.Landward of the mangrove-lined creeks along the eastern shore are bare flats that are only flooded on high spring tides, with the hypersaline soil inhibiting the establishment of vegetation, except for some areas of samphire.
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  • I found that the beach could be anywhere in Austalia during the day but as the sun went down and set over the water it was lovely  more »
  • A picturesque tranquil place to visit ... watch the sunset whilst sipping on a refreshing cool drink of your liking ...  more »
  • I initially dismissed Roebuck Bay as an area to stay in Broome, opting for Cable Beach area instead. However, when I saw how breathtakingly beautiful the bay was and how impossibly blue the water is -...  more »