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To get up close, join a fishing and
whale-watching boat charter at
Lombadina during the season.
May to October is the best time of
year to join a guided bush walk for
bush medicine, bush tucker and an
Indigenous insight. Don’t expect
to see a wildflower display.
Snorkel and dive
Locals head to the clear waters and
protected bay of long reef at Cape
Leveque, or the Lagoon at Cygnet
Bay for safe, easy snorkelling.
Divers should check out the giant
gropers hole in Hunters Creek, and
fearless thrill-seekers can dive
with bull sharks at the hatchery
boat ramp in One Arm Point.
The top of the peninsula and the
Buccaneer Archipelago are the
adventure diver’s best-kept secret.
Pearl divers have been diving up
here for over a hundred years.
The cool weather brings fresh
morning easterly winds. At
James Price Point, beach-fish
the incoming early tide for green
snapper. Head to the rocks at
Quondong Point on a retreating
tide to fish for mighty bluebone or
fish any one of the many creeks for
jacks or whiting. Boaties can try
trolling for mackerel, tuna, cobia
and sailfish. Nothing compares to
catching huge bluebone with the
locals at Pender Bay. Try Delambre
Island if you have a boat, or
Cleaverville if you don’t. The top
of the peninsula is the start of a
unique and thriving coral reef bio-
region: walk down on low spring
tides and observe the amazing sea
life from the safety of terra firma.
For this classic Dampier Peninsula
activity, take some sturdy old
sneakers, a crab hook, a good-
sized bucket or sack to put your
catch in, strong mozzie/sandfly
repellent (Bushman’s is the go)
and plenty of drinking water.
Best time to go | Head out on the
low tide when creeks drain out
and the crab holes are exposed.
Look for deep crab holes in the
embankments of the creeks and up
into the mangroves. You might get
lucky and see them lying exposed
in puddles or at the base of trees.
When you find one | Gently slide
the hook up in behind it, hook it
by the claw or behind the back legs
and very slowly drag it out. As you
would expect, a muddie dragged
from its hole can be seriously
cranky: beware of the front claws,
which can easily take off a finger.
Put your crabs in a deep bucket
with some mangrove leaves on
top to stop them escaping. Mud
crabbing is hot, tiring work but
worth it. Enjoy your feast boiled,
served with fresh white bread and
plenty of butter, or try your hand
at the regional specialty, chilli
mud crabs. Locals use mangrove
leaves on the cooking fire to infuse
a smoky flavour but get the wrong
kind of leaves and you could end
up a bit out of it! Whichever way
you serve them, there is nothing
quite like a feed of fresh muddies
with an icy cold beer after a big
day out catching ’em!
Before you go | Get a copy of the Ardi-Dampier Peninsula Travellers
Guide, $3 a copy from visitor centres.
Be prepared | The roads are 4WD vehicles only, no caravans or trailers.
Make sure to carry a spare tyre and water. Cape Leveque Road is vastly
improved and some sections are now sealed, but can still get cut off by
local flooding. Check conditions before departing. Be aware that limited
supplies are available, no alcohol or pets allowed.
Take a stroll on a secluded beach, swim or go snorkelling in the
Take a charter boat trip or scenic flight to see the stunning
Go on a 4WD tag-along tour to private beaches and lookouts,
and spot whales, turtles or dugongs.
Visit Beagle Bay and the Sacred Heart Church with its spectacular
pearl-shell altar, built in 1917.
Go on a bush walk with a local guide and learn all about bushtucker
and traditional medicines.
Go mud crabbing with a local guide and enjoy feasting on your catch.
Throw a line in off the beach or at one of banks along the tidal creeks.
MUST SEE AND DO
Go mud crabbing and catch your own
lunch (Photography Danelle Jackson).
The Buccaneer Archipelago from the air
(Photography Australia’s North West).
Temperature (max 34o- min 29o)
Rainfall (max 176mm - min 1mm)
A beach on the Dampier Peninsula
(Photography Danelle Jackson)
The isolated Dampier Peninsula
(Photography Craig Anderson).
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