King waves roll into Broome
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.
Visitors Bernard and Jo Smith take a walk on Streeter's Jetty during a king tide.