Staircase to the Moon
The Staircase to the Moon, a unique natural spectacle, unfolds exclusively in the North West of Australia between March and October. Marked by intense tidal changes during the full moon, this region experiences dramatic shifts that reveal pockets of water trapped in sand ripples, mirroring the moon’s natural color as it rises. On tranquil evenings with a full moon, this interplay of light conjures an illusion of a golden staircase extending toward the moon.
For those eager to witness this enchanting phenomenon, the local telephone book and monthly displays at the Port Hedland Visitors Centre provide the rising moon timings. The optimal viewing location is adjacent to the Cooke Point Caravan Park on Goode Street in Port Hedland, where a dedicated viewing deck has been established for this mesmerizing event.
It’s noteworthy that during a super full moon, occurring when the moon is closest to Earth, the lunar presence may appear larger and brighter, adding an extra dimension to the captivating Staircase to the Moon phenomenon.