Scientific Significance

The only place in Australia where there are Ankylosaur Tracks

Broome provides our only detailed look at Australia’s dinosaur fauna during the first part of the Lower Cretaceous Epoch (between 127 and 140 million years ago).

The Broome Sandstone contains the most diverse collection of dinosaur tracks in the world. It is the only place in Australia where there are ankylosaur tracks and good examples of stegosaur and sauropod tracks. Along 100 km of coastline, 21 different types of dinosaur tracks have been identified and thousands of examples recorded.

In recognition of the outstanding heritage values associated with the dinosaur tracks, the intertidal zone along the Dampier Peninsula coastline from Roebuck Bay to Cape Leveque (excluding the Port Authority area) was included in the West Kimberley National Heritage Area on 31 August 2011. 

Map of the area covered by the West Kimberley National Heritage List