Cape Leveque is located on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula 210km northeast of Broome. This stunning Kimberley coastal getaway is the beach lover's and fisherman’s supreme isolated bliss.
Access is via Cape Leveque Road just 9km from Broome. The 201km track is part bitumen but the majority is unsealed with corrugation and sandy sections. Four-wheel drive vehicles are highly recommended and caravans are not suitable for travelling on this track.
This region is Aboriginal land
so please respect it and adhere to any signs stipulating restricted areas. All of the creeks are now inaccessible to the public unless accompanied by a local Aboriginal or an authorized tour guide. Permits are not required for this area however camping and day use fees apply. Dogs are strictly prohibited on the peninsula and alcohol is not available for purchase.
Heading north on Cape Leveque Road just as the bitumen begins about 110km in is a turnoff to Beagle Bay
community. If you appreciate fine craftsmanship and old buildings then the Sacred Heart Church
will definitely interest you. This fascinating structure was built by the traditional land owners, the Nyul Nyul people between 1915 and 1917. The exterior structure involved 90,000 hand-made clay bricks and tonnes of clay, sand and wood being built over a period of 2 years. The interior is a work of art designed by the local women. Mosaics of beautiful shells collected from the local beaches, including Mother of Pearl, Cowries, Volutes and Olive shells line the alter, walls, windows and ceiling. It is absolutely gorgeous and a credit to the Nyul Nyul people expressing their art and faith in such a way. The interior decorations took a year to complete. Gold coin donations are asked if visiting to assist in the preservation of this unique and significant church.
A further 23km north of the Beagle Bay turnoff along Cape Leveque Road is the access road to Middle Lagoon and Nature’s Hideaway camping ground. The 33km dirt road takes you to a lovely big lagoon fed by the ocean suitable for swimming and snorkelling. Fishing can be done from the beautiful beach or off the rocks all close to camp. The most common catches are Bluebone Groper, Cod and Snapper. The camp ground offers powered and unpowered sites, shade cloth enclosed cabins, amenities, bait, ice and cold drinks. Both sunset and sunrise are gorgeous here. Note day visit fees of $8 per vehicle apply if you’re not camping.
Continuing north on Cape Leveque Road about 86km and 5km in on dirt road is Kooljaman at Cape Leveque. The bush style resort offers safari tents, beach cabins and shelters, units, powered camping, BYO restaurant and basic store selling ice, bait and essentials. It is central to several spectacular beaches where swimming, snorkelling, fishing and boating are number one priorities.
Western Beach is just divine. Fiery orange cliffs border the long stretch of white sand and Leveque Island stands prominently in the distance. The resort overlooks Western Beach and the sunsets are superb. Swimming is not recommended at this beach but you can certainly give fishing a go. We managed to catch a Cod off the rocks as well as a just undersized Bluebone Groper.
A few hundred metres from Kooljaman main camping area is Swimming Beach. The calm shallow waters allow for safe swimming and snorkelling. The water is crystal clear with good visibility and is quite warm during the high temperature months. Crocodiles and stingers have never been a problem at this beach however sensible precautions are advised to be taken. Beach shelters are available for camping here, however fishing is prohibited.
Eastern Beach is just around from Swimming Beach and four-wheel drive access is permitted here to a certain point. Orange dunes meet stark white sand which meets meet azure-blue water, very pretty indeed. The waters are calm and protected for swimming and snorkelling and there are plenty of exposed rocks to fish from, although they are extremely sharp and slippery so be prepared with sturdy footwear. The boat launching area is located here and all vehicles intending to drive on the beach are advised to let their tyres down to 18 psi due to the softness of the sand and the $200 recovery fee. An air compressor is located at the entrance/exit for your convenience.
If you’re keen to explore the Dampier Peninsula further than the ever popular Cape Leveque then One Arm Point is worth a look. Just 13km from the Kooljaman turnoff is the Ardyaloon Community with plenty of coastal access. As you drive through the community turn off towards the Hatchery and you’ll find the coastline. There are a few small beaches within close vicinity suitable for swimming, fishing and prying oysters off the rocks. The best views in the area are from One Arm Point itself, just up from the beaches, with crystal clear water and the islands in sight. A great place to swim, snorkel or launch your boat. Note One Arm Point is one of three places on the peninsula which supply fuel (the others are Djarindjin and Beagle Bay).
The Dampier Peninsula and its highly renowned Cape Leveque is a sensational place with breathtaking views, colourful contrasts, sandy white beaches and clear protected waters. If you love swimming and fishing with a breathtaking backdrop then this is the spot for you.
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