Take the 200km trip north of Broome to the Dampier Peninsula and Cape Leveque, where a striking contrast of pindan cliffs, white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters creates the perfect backdrop to a unique cultural and coastal adventure!
The local Bardi and Nyul Nyul people invite you to discover their traditions and explore their country. Go fishing, mud crabbing or learn ancient hunting techniques. Taste bush foods, swim in the sparkling waters, go snorkelling, or simply relax and enjoy the wide-open stretches of pristine beaches.
There are a number of communities to visit and beautiful bays and campsites that you can stay at along the way which are listed below.
Note: Kooljaman at Cape Leveque is currently closed. We recommend that travellers check with the Broome Visitor Centre for up to date information on which communities and campgrounds are currently open.
DRIVING NORTH FROM BROOME TO THE DAMPIER PENINSULA
The Dampier Peninsula is accessed via Cape Leveque Road. The turnoff is located approximately 20 kilometres from Broome, on the Broome Road. The Cape Leveque Road is now a sealed all-weather road, but high-clearance 4WD vehicles are still required to access many locations along the route which remain unsealed.
Just after the road changes to that beautiful Kimberley pindan, you'll find a left hand turn onto Manari Road. Drive to Willie Creek Pearl Farm for a tour, breakfast or lunch, or continue on to the northern Broome beaches at James Price Point.
Stay; Banana Well Getaway is a beautiful bush campsite, located on the amazing and wonderfully diverse Beagle Bay Creek where you can enjoy fishing, crabbing and bush walking. WEBSITE
Call into the Aboriginal community at Beagle Bay, 100km north of Broome to get your first taste of the region's unique history. The heritage listed Sacred Heart Church was built by local Aboriginal people and the Pallotine Monks in 1917, and local pearl shell decorate the walls, floor, and the incredible pearl shell altar.
Stay; Gnylmarung community is located approximately 150 k's north of Broome, on the Middle Lagoon Road. The Gnylmarung community was established in 1995 and is situated 30 km's off the main Cape Leveque Road on the western side of the Dampier Peninsula.
It is surrounded by lush green vegetation with white sands of the coast at your doorstep.WEBSITE
Surrounded by white sandy beaches and native bush, Middle Lagoon is a pristine paradise with easy beach access. The perfect place to enjoy the peace and tranquility. Why not plan a few days doing absolutely nothing but swimming, fishing, exploring or lazily watching the whales and turtles swim past.
Middle Lagoon is 180km north of Broome on the Dampier Peninsula.
The main access road to the Dampier Peninsula from Broome is now fully sealed. However, the 33km road into Middle Lagoon is still restricted to 4WD access only. This road can be very sandy and corrugated in places and care is needed to navigate this, especially if you are towing. It is recommended to reduce your tyre pressures once you leave the bitumen.
Stay; Nature's Hideaway Middle Lagoon. The low impact campground offers stunning views over two beautiful Bays. WEBSITE
North of Beagle Bay, turn onto the Middle Lagoon Road and follow the 4WD only track for a range of nature-based cultural and camping opportunities, from unpowered sites to safari tents and cabins. https://www.facebook.com/penderbayescape/
At Lombadina, take a guided tour of the Community, including its historic bush timber church. Enjoy the beach and fishing, kayak along Thomas Bay, or learn to hunt for mud crabs.
Stay; Lombadina and book tours through Lombadina WEBSITE
Stay; The Djarindjin Campground, located on the newly sealed Cape Leveque Road, caters to large RV’s and caravans with extra wide drive-thru sites and modern facilities. The 37 powered sites and 10 unpowered sites are serviced by a range of amenities including hot showers, large camp kitchen with gas BBQs, a sheltered BBQ area and communal firepit and roadhouse.
There are many cultural tours which can be booked here either whilst you stay or whilst you are passing through.WEBSITE
Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm At Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm on the eastern side of the Peninsula, you can camp or stay in safari tents and cabins. Enjoy the restaurant and pool facilities, and join tours of the working pearl farm, as well as cultural and sea safari tours.
Stay; Cygnet Bay. Stay a night on this pristine coastline in one of the most unique places in Australia. From glamping to original pearling shacks, camping and caravan sites WEBSITE
Ardyaloon - One Arm Point
Ardyaloon (One Arm Point) is the northernmost community on the Dampier Peninsula, and day visitors (permit required) can visit the beaches, trochus shell hatchery, and watch the amazing tidal movements of the King Sound from the round rock lookout.
Stay; Gambanan Wilderness Retreat is a pet friendly campground with shady, secluded campsites. There is a variety of camping choices including facilities for campers a camp kitchen and communal fire pits. This amazing location also is a part of the Buccaneer Archipelago with known attractions such as Waterfall Reef and Horizontal Falls.
With the most stunning view of staircase to the moon and a special sunrise over the water, you'll love it here. WEBSITE
Some Information has been provided by Australia's Northwest Tourism.