One of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth invites you to explore their wilderness coast.
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.
Duration: 5 days
Distance: 438 kilometres
Best time: May to October
Broome to Mercedes Cove
Total distance: 153 kilometres
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.
Mercedes Cove to Cape Leveque
Total distance: 70 kilometres
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.
Cape Leveque to Lombadina
Total distance: 15 kilometres
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.
Accommodation at Lombadina includes cabins and budget rooms.
Takeaway lunches are also available.
Some of the outstation residents have also embraced tourism and offer safari tents, plus powered and unpowered camp sites.
Lombadina to Broome
Total distance: 200 kilometres
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.
*Important Travel Information
A 4WD vehicle with high ground clearance is recommended.
For those who have little or no off-road experience, tag-along tours are available.
Check road conditions at Broome Visitor Centre before you depart.
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 cannot be purchased anywhere on the peninsula.
If you are visiting remote communities, phone ahead to check if alcohol is permitted.
Entering Aboriginal land requires permits.
Call into the community office on arrival to register and pay any applicable entry fees.
Always stay on tracks, observe signs and camp only in designated areas.