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Dampier Peninsula

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When you let the people of Dampier Peninsula and Cape Leveque show you their unique country and culture, you’ll realise there’s more to the Kimberley’s coastal wilderness than striking contrasts of white sand, turquoise sea and pindan cliffs. Meet the Jawi, Bardi, Nyulnyul, Jabirrjabirr, Nimanburru and Ngumbarl people for some spear fishing and mud crabbing, bush and reef walking, snorkelling and kayaking, and open your mind.

Travel

5 days


Route

Broome to Broome

440km


Best Time of the Year

May to October

Highlights

  • Mercedes Cove
  • Sacred Heart Church
  • Cape Leveque
  • Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
  • Lombadina

The Journey

Days

1 2 3 4

Day 1
Broome to Mercedes Cove

Distance 153km - Driving Time 3 hours

Heading north of Broome, follow the partially unsealed 4WD track to the Dampier Peninsula and Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community. Here, the awe-inspiring pearl shell altar of the Sacred Heart Church is one of many legacies of the missionaries who came to spread their word in the 1860s.

Grab a takeaway lunch and continue north to the community of Mercedes Cove and take a tour with an Indigenous guide to gain an insightful introduction to the local culture and their 40,000-year connection to this land and sea. Stroll along secluded beaches, and watch migrating whales from your veranda (in season). Choose from self-contained safari tents, eco chalets, basic cabins and unpowered camping sites.

Day 2
Mercedes Cove to Cape Levesque

Distance 70km - Driving Time 3 hours

For your next night or two, you can choose to stay at Kooljaman wilderness camp, or Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm in Cape Leveque. Accommodation options range from palm covered beach shelters and log cabins to safari tents with panoramic coastal views and a luxury 40ft catamaran.

At Kooljaman the local Bardi people share their way of life and traditions with a variety of unique guided tours. Try your hand at spear making and fishing. Hunt for mud crabs in the mangroves and cook your catch. Take a glass-bottom tour, or walk the reef at low tide. Kooljaman has a restaurant serving takeaway and alfresco lunch and dinner.

Cygnet Bay is Australia’s oldest pearl farm open to the public. The pioneering family who founded the farm invite you to discover the art of pearl farming, play castaway on your own private beach, and take a scenic cruise or flight to the 1,000 islands and islets of the Buccaneer Archipelago and the world’s only Horizontal Waterfalls. 

Day 3
Cape Levesque to Lombadina

Distance 15km - Driving Time 30 mins

Retrace your tracks south to join the Indigenous community of Lombadina on their beautiful stretch of white sand beach for more culture and action. Go fishing, crabbing, kayaking, whale watching (in season), snorkelling, bushwalking and bird watching.

Day 4
Lombadina to Broome

Distance 200km - Driving Time 6 hours

Take a morning stroll on the beach before heading back to Broome. Spend some time exploring this exotic pearling town, or extend your 4WD adventure to tackle the Gibb River Road, exploring the rugged heart of the vast Kimberley wilderness.