One of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth invites you to explore their wilderness coast.
When you let the people of the Dampier Peninsula show you their ancient land and culture, you’ll see there’s more to the Kimberley’s coastal wilderness than striking contrasts of white sand, turquoise sea and pindan cliffs. Enter Bardi and Nyul Nyul country, open your mind, and join the local guides for some spear fishing and mud crabbing, bush and reef walking, snorkelling and kayaking.Best time:
May to October
- Mercedes Cove
- Sacred Heart Church
- Cape Leveque
- Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
Sunset at Cable Beach, Broome
Morning: Perth to Broome
From Perth, flights depart daily to Broome and will get you there in just two and a half hours. You can also hop on a regular flight from Darwin or a seasonal flight from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Soak up the beauty of Broome’s world-famous Cable Beach – a 22-kilometre stretch of pristine white sand and clear turquoise waters – and end your first day viewing one of the most unforgettable Indian ocean sunsets from a Cable Beach camel train.
Catch a movie at Sun Pictures, the oldest operating outdoor cinema in the world, or take a star-gazing tour of Broome’s breathtakingly clear night skies.
Sacred Heart Church, Dampier Peninsula
Morning: Broome to Beagle Bay
Heading north of Broome in your hired 4WD* (tours are also available), follow the partially unsealed 4WD track to the Dampier Peninsula and Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community.
Here, you can step inside the Sacred Heart Church and admire its unique pearl shell altar - one of many legacies of the missionaries who came to spread their word in the 1860s.
Afternoon: Beagle Bay to Mercedes Cove
Grab a takeaway lunch and continue north to the community of Mercedes Cove. Learn about the Nyul Nyul country and a culture that has been connected to this land and sea for more than 40,000 years.
Stroll along secluded beaches and watch migrating whales from your veranda (July to October).
Choose from self-contained cabins and eco tents.
Pearlers from Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
Morning: Mercedes Cove to Kooljaman at Cape Leveque
Beautiful and pristine Cape Leveque is your next stop, where you can join the local Bardi people at Kooljaman at Cape Leveque for a variety of unique cultural experiences.
Let the local Bardi people show you their way of life and traditions, offering you the chance to try your hand at spear making and fishing, hunting for mud crabs in the mangroves and cooking your catch.
Afternoon: Kooljaman at Cape Leveque
Hop on a snorkelling tour or a cruise to meet the amazing marine life of the reef. Learn about bush medicines and sample seasonal fruits on a bush tucker tour.
Go beachcombing or fishing off the beach for trevally and queenfish or chase a bigger catch by boat.
Finish your day with a sunset cruise, or a stroll on the beach and walk the reef at low tide.
Accommodation options range from palm-covered beach shelters, log cabins, campsites or safari tents with panoramic coastal views.
Kooljaman at Cape Leveque
Morning: Kooljaman at Cape Leveque to Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
Head for the sheltered waters of Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm - Australia’s oldest pearl farm open to the public.
Join the pioneering family who founded the farm to learn how they cultivate and harvest some of the finest South Sea pearls on Earth.
Afternoon: Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
Take a scenic flight or cruise to the thousand untouched islands and islets of the Buccaneer Archipelago.
Here you can take a thrilling boat ride on the world’s only Horizontal Waterfalls and play castaway on your own private beach.
Stay overnight in your choice of accommodation from ensuite safari tents, cabins or camp sites.
Kayaking at Lombadina, Dampier Peninsula
Morning: Cape Leveque to Lombadina
Retrace your tracks south to join the Bardi community of Lombadina and learn how their strong spiritual connection to the sea has shaped their lives for thousands of years.
Let the custodians introduce you to their beautiful stretch of white sand beach and join them for a morning of fishing, crabbing, kayaking, snorkelling or whale watching (July to October).
Grab a takeaway lunch (Lombadina store only open Monday to Friday) and spend your afternoon bushwalking and bird watching in this unique coastal wilderness. Stay overnight and enjoy the hospitality of the local residents, choosing from apartments, cabins, and single quarters.
Cable Beach, Broome
Morning: Lombadina to Broome
Take a morning stroll on the beach before heading back to the exotic pearling town of Broome.
Afternoon: Broome to Perth
Catch your return flight to Perth, or extend your 4WD adventure by tackling the Gibb River Road and exploring the rugged heart of the vast Kimberley wilderness.
*Important Travel Information
A 4WD vehicle with high ground clearance is essential. For those who have little or no off-road experience, join a 4WD tour.
Check road conditions at Broome Visitor Centre or Main Roads before you depart as road closures can occur during the wet season (November to April).
Fuel, basic food supplies and medical facilities are only available at certain locations and times. Make sure you stock up on water, food, first aid supplies, extra fuel, oil, spare parts and tools.
Alcohol is limited on the peninsula (available at restaurant at Cygnet Bay). If you are visiting remote communities, phone ahead to check if alcohol is permitted.
You must make a booking to enter Aboriginal land. Call the community office to register and pay any applicable entry fees. You can learn more about entry permits and apply for them online through the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
Always stay on tracks, observe signs and camp only in designated areas.
Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints.
Be Sun Smart. Always apply sunscreen (at least +15 SPF), wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and drink plenty of water. If you’re visiting in the warmer months (December to March), seek some shade between 11am and 3pm. See Cancer Council WA for more advice.
Surf and marine conditions can vary significantly, so always read safety signs, talk to locals and swim between the red and yellow Lifesaving flags. Get more tips from the Beachsafe website.
| Perth|| 6 days|| The North West|
Perth to Broome
2239 km (by road)
Chinatown Broome to Cable Beach
6 km (one way)
Broome to Mercedes Cove
Mercedes Cove to Cape Leveque
Cape Leveque to Lombadina
Lombadina to Broome
Broome to Perth
2239 km (by road)
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