Tides

King waves roll into Broome

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Jakeb Wad­dell

The high­est tide of the year rolled into Broome last week, en­gulf­ing Ca­ble Beach, the shores of Roe­buck Bay and Streeter’s Jetty in Chi­na­town.

The jetty was sub­merged un­der the turquoise water for most of last week, with tides ex­ceed­ing 9m for six con­sec­u­tive days.

But it was the mighty 10.12m tide at 11.47am last Mon­day that cre­ated a spec­ta­cle and had peo­ple reach­ing for their cam­eras.

Ac­cord­ing to the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy, it was pre­dicted to be the high­est tide that would be vis­i­ble in day­light for the year, with sim­i­lar waves ex­pected to peak late at night in Oc­to­ber.

Although on­look­ers rev­elled in the spec­tac­u­lar sight, the mas­sive waves washed away the makeshift track link­ing ve­hi­cles from the Ca­ble Beach ac­cess ramp to north of the rocks.

A BoM spokesman said the mas­sive tides came as a re­sult of last Satur­day’s full moon and would rise again later in the month be­cause of a new moon.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Vis­i­tors Bernard and Jo Smith take a walk on Streeter's Jetty dur­ing a king tide.

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