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ravel the 220km dirt
track north of Broome
into another world; a
pristine paradise with a
fascinating history. This Native Title
land is home to a series of small
Aboriginal communities that have
opened up for tourism. It’s a place
to appreciate the beauty of nature
and space. Walk along secluded
beaches, snorkel in sparkling
waters and watch for whales,
turtles and dugong off the beach.
There are six language groups
on the peninsula – Jawi, Bardi,
Nyulnyul, Jabirrjabirr, Nimanburru
and Ngumbarl, each with unique
customs. Take a bush-tucker walk,
go mud crabbing, or learn about
the ancient culture of the Bardi Jawi
people. Head off on a fishing trip
or join a charter. Explore the many
unnamed islands of the Buccaneer
Archipelago, or take a sunset sail.
Go camping in the wilderness, or
stay in a luxury safari tent with
your own private beach.
Self-drive is the easiest option
(but there are plenty of tours), or
take a chopper in, enjoying an aerial
view of the Buccaneer Archipelago.
While fuel can be bought at Beagle
Bay, One Arm Point, Lombadina and
Djarindjin, supplies are limited and
shouldn’t be relied upon. The cooler
May to June period is the best time
to visit, but it’s possible to come up
year round (weather permitting).
Cape Leveque Road (4WD only) is
closed periodically during the Wet
so check conditions first.
This is Aboriginal land, so respect
culture and privacy. Visitors are
asked to stay on the marked tracks
and not to travel on private roads.
When entering a community, make
yourself known to the office, as a
small day fee applies. Bookings are
essential as hosts are not always
staffed if not expecting guests. The
peninsula is a dry community;
however you can bring a small
amount of alcohol for yourself.
“Approach with a sense of adventure, feel a connection
with this ancient land and enjoy the natural experiences”
Allow at least two-and-a-half hours to travel the 180km north of Broome
to this isolated white-sand bay. Go fishing off the rocks at low tide,
canoe, take a boat out or go kitesurfing. Snorkel around the rocks and
see colourful corals and, if you pop your head up, look out for turtles,
dugongs and whales. Self-drive is the only option, and no tours are
offered. Camp or stay in a basic cabin or beach shelter. There are showers
and toilets, washing machines and a public phone. A small shop sells
bait, ice, firewood and basic food. Bookings are essential.
The Cape Leveque Road to the Dampier Peninsula
(Photography Tourism WA).
It’s possible to camp next to Middle Lagoon on
the peninsula (Photography Simon McBeth).
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