Staircase to the Moon

2.5 Hours
Pilbara, Western Australia
Culture & Nature
Year Round
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Experience the wonder of the Staircase to the Moon, a beautiful optical illusion of a stairway reaching to the moon. This natural phenomenon is caused by the rising of a full moon reflecting off the exposed tidal flats off the coast in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Take a guided tour with a traditional owner, learn about bush tucker and try your hand at coastal foraging while the sun sets, see the spectacular staircase to the moon then sit back for some star gazing while listening to Dreamtime stories about the constellations.


Hearson's Cove near Karratha.

What to expect

Take a guided tour with a Traditional Owner for some coastal foraging during low tide while the sun sets. View the staircase to the moon across Hearsons Cove near Karratha, from the ultimate viewpoint, with the staircase starting at your feet! Perfect opportunity for star gazing while listening to some dreamtime stories around the constellation. Bring your camera for some incredible photo opportunities.

This spectacular sight occurs from March through to November.

Tour Highlights:

  • Traditional Welcome to Country
  • Staircase to the moon – ultimate viewpoint
  • Coastal foraging
  • Dreamtime stories – constellation / star gazing

What is included

This is a two and a half hour experience located at Hearsons Cove. *You will need to provide your own transport to Hearsons Cove.

The experience operates at difference times throughout the year depending on the moon and tide schedule.


  • Water

Meeting point

Hearson's Cove, Burrup Western Australia. Please meet at the first BBQ area on your right. *You will need to provide your own transport to Hearson's Cove.

What to bring

What to bring:

  • Closed in shoes suitable to wear along the mudflats
  • Hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera


Ngurrangga Tours

Ngurrangga Tours allows you to experience the Pilbara through the eyes of a traditional owner. You will see some of the most beautiful landscapes and hear the stories of this region.

Ngurrangga Tours is a fully Aboriginal owned and operated tourism company delivering tours to the coastal and inland areas within the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi traditional country.

Clinton Walker started Ngurrangga Tours to educate and immerse people in the ways of his culture and history so that they could understand more about Pilbara Aboriginal culture and country.

Clinton is a descendant of the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi people, who are the Traditional Owners of the coastal and inland areas of the West Pilbara region encompassing areas such as the City of Karratha, Dampier Archipelago, Murujuga National Park and Millstream-Chichester National Park. Clinton has spent his entire life learning from his Elder’s and family about the traditional ways of his people including speaking Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi languages, he has also been initiated in his people’s Aboriginal Law Ceremony (Birdarra) and is an active member in his cultural responsibilities of looking after his ngurra (country).

Clinton is passionate about raising the profile of the Burrup Peninsula located in Murujuga National Park. It is one of Australia’s most significant heritage sites and an important cultural place for Aboriginal people. The Burrup Peninsula is on the National Heritage register and is home to up to a million Aboriginal rock carvings, some dating back 40,000 years. Despite this, it is relatively unknown worldwide and even in Australia.

Ngurrangga Tours mostly operates from Karratha and offers visitors a unique experience of the Pilbara through the eyes of a traditional owner.

Guests are given the opportunity to learn about bush foods and medicines, explore stunning locations, view and understand ancient rock art in the world’s largest outdoor rock art gallery, hear traditional stories and listen to traditional songs sung using the wirra (boomerang).

Language Groups: Ngarluma/Yindjibarndi
Skin Group: Burungu

Ready for an experience you won't forget?