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 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

  

Highlights:


 

Sunset at Cable Beach, BroomeSunset at Cable Beach, Broome

Day 1:

Morning: Perth to Broome

From Perth, flights depart daily to Broome and will get you there in just two and a half hours. Regular direct flights to Broome are also available from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

     

Afternoon: Broome

Soak up the beauty of Broome’s world-famous Cable Beach – a 22-kilometre stretch of pristine sand and clear turquoise waters – and end your first day viewing one of the most unforgettable ocean sunsets from a Cable Beach camel train.

        

Evening: Broome

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 PeninsulaSacred Heart Church, Dampier Peninsula

Day 2:

Morning: Broome to Beagle Bay

Heading north of Broome in your hired 4WD, 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. Take a tour with an Aboriginal guide to gain an insightful introduction to 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.



Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
Pearlers from Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm

Day 3:

Morning: Mercedes Cove to Cape Leveque

Beautiful and pristine Cape Leveque is your next stop, where you can choose to join the local Bardi people at Kooljaman Wilderness Camp for a variety of unique cultural experiences. Or head for the very tip of the peninsula to the sheltered waters of Cygnet Bay and Australia’s oldest pearl farm open to the public.

Afternoon: Kooljaman

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: Cygnet Bay

Join the pioneering family who founded the farm to learn how they cultivate and harvest some of the finest South Sea pearls on Earth.

Accommodation options range from camp sites and palm-covered beach shelters, to log cabins or safari tents with panoramic coastal views.



Kooljaman at Cape Leveque
Kooljaman at Cape Leveque

Day 4:

All day: Kooljaman

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. Chase a bigger catch by boat, including the mighty sailfish.

Finish your day with a sunset cruise, or a stroll on the beach and walk the reef at low tide.

All day: Cygnet Bay

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.


 



Kayaking at Lombadina, Dampier Peninsula Kayaking at Lombadina, Dampier Peninsula

Day 5:

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).

Afternoon: Lombadina

Grab a takeaway lunch 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 deluxe apartments, cabins, budget family rooms, dorms, or single rooms.



Cable Beach, BroomeCable Beach, Broome

Day 6:

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 recommended or 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 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 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.

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.



Trip Details

START: Duration: REGION(S):
Perth 6 days The North West

Distances:

Perth to Broome

2239 km (by road)

Broome to Cable Beach

4.5 km (one way)

Broome to Mercedes Cove

153 km

Mercedes Cove to Cape Leveque

70 km

Cape Leveque to Lombadina

15 km

Lombadina to Broome

200 km

Broome to Perth

2239 km (by road)

Total Distance

4925 km

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