Broome is a hub for the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. Six kilometres outside of town is Gantheaume Point, unlike any other attraction in Australia. The red sandstone cliffs and coastline have a vast collection of dinosaur footprints.
The Gantheaume Point dinosaur footprints cover an 80-km area. They are more than 130 million years old and belong to 21 different species of dinosaurs.
They formed during the Cretaceous period when the creatures, including the theropod, sauropod and stegosaurus, walked in coastal marshes near Gantheaume Bay, and pebbles filled their footprints, preserving them.
These prehistoric relics are most visible at the Gantheaume Point rock pools. Though it is possible to find these spots on your own, you should consider taking a dinosaur footprints Broome tour if you want to get right to the best examples of this unique phenomenon.
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Details for visiting the Broome dinosaur footprints
The Gantheaume Point dinosaur footprints are located only 6 kilometres outside of Broome. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes from town if you drive along the Gantheaume Point Road to Gantheaume Bay.
In general, the best time to view the extraordinary dinosaur tracks is between April and November, which is the driest and coldest time of year.
Before you head out to the preserved tracks, be sure to check the tide first. When exploring the Broome dinosaur footprint site, you should aim for very low tide.
Information to help you plan the timing is available at Broome's visitor centre.
Ways to visit the Gantheaume Point dinosaur footprints
There are different ways to see the Gantheaume Point dinosaur footprints.
- You can access the sites directly in your car or motorhome. You need to be sure to visit at very low tide. At high tide, you won't see the dinosaur tracks in the coral rocks.
- There is also the option of taking a boat tour or cruise, which will allow you to see the sites from the Indian Ocean.
- Aerial tours and floatplane tours are also available.
The boat and plane tours may also take you to explore other area sites, such as a World War II wreck.
What should you bring on a Gantheaume Point Broome trip?
Gantheaume Bay is a one-of-a-kind site, so you will want to bring a camera. The rock formations along the coast make this a very scenic area, so there are more photo opportunities aside from the dinosaur tracks.
Explore the red sandstone cliffs, climb the rocks or just take in the extraordinary blue water of this scenic area.
Unlike stereotypical beaches, the landscape at Gantheaume Point is very rocky. Therefore, you should bring soft-soled shoes, which will help you handle the rock pool terrain and prevent slipping on the rocks.
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Even if you visit during the cool season, it will be sunny and warm. You will need to protect yourself from the sun with a hat and plenty of sunscreen. You should also bring enough water to stay hydrated during your hike along the coastline.
Tours of Broome dinosaur footprints
You can book a tour that will allow you to experience the best Gantheaume Point Broome sites. Here are some options.
- Prehistoric Tours from Australia's Northwest Tourism. The cost of these tours is approximately $90 to $130. In addition to dinosaur footprint tours, there are other excursions, too. Meals and drinks are provided on the cruises.
- Another option is Broome Hovercraft Adventure day tours. For approximately $90 to $200, you can take a tour of the dinosaur site, a trip to see area wildlife, and a visit to a World War II wreck. Food and drinks are included on the tours.
- Another option is the Dinosaur Coast Management Group tour. This non-profit group helps promote the site and educates people on the cultural and historical importance of preserving the dinosaur tracks at Gantheaume Bay. They offer interactive tours that include preservation or excavation activities to protect the rock pool area for future generations.
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Plan your visit
If you are looking for the best accommodations to stay at when visiting the Gantheaume Dinosaur Footprints, consider the Broome Caravan Park. It offers powered and unpowered sites, park homes, free Wi-Fi, and kitchen facilities. In addition, you can easily access the dinosaur footprint sites, just a short 10-15 minute drive from the park
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