Two Day Cape Leveque & Kimberley
The Dampier Peninsula is one of the most spectacular coastal environments in Australia, and the perfect place to experience indigenous culture in the Kimberley. Visit historical local communities, see the exquisite pearl shell altar in Beagle Bay church, discover the art of pearling at one of Australia's oldest family-owned pearl farms - Cygnet Bay, enjoy an insight into indigenous Bardi-Jawi lifestyle and take a remarkable boat cruise through the islands of the giant tides, culminating in a night in our private Coastal Safari camp in the Buccaneer Archipelago.
** INCLUDES the famous Islands of the Giant Tides Cruise (valued at $175pp), and the special Buccaneer Archipelago stay, an extraordinery privilege that is exclusive to Kimberley Wild! **
Day 1 Beagle Bay, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm & Buccaneer Archipelago
The Dampier Peninsula is an extraordinary blend of pristine beaches and dramatic coastlines, rich in traditional Aboriginal culture. Travelling up the red 4WD track, learn about the region's fascinating history from our guided commentary. Our first stop is the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, home of the Beagle Bay Church with its glimmering pearl shell altar, for morning tea. By mid morning we arrive at the remote Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. In 1946 Dean Brown skippered a rickety wooden lugger into an unknown frontier to discover this hidden paradise: his descendents continue to operate what is now the oldest Pearl Farm in Australia. After a picnic lunch, enjoy an insight into this remote pearling industry on the Farm Tour and embark an extraordinary cruise through the Islands of the Giant Tides to experience the remarkable tidal flows of King Sound. As dusk approached we reach our private Safari Camp, exclusive to our travellers and nestled on the beach overlooking the bay. In this stunning location, we can swim, explore the mangroves and perhaps catch a fish for dinner before a warm Kimberley sunset: truly a privileged experience. (LD)
Day 2 Kooljaman, Cape Leveque, One Arm Point & Broome
Returning to civilisation we travel to the One Arm Point Community perched on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula to visit the Community’s aquaculture hatchery, complete with barramundi, pearl and trochus shell. After a hatchery tour we join Kevin, our local guide from the Ejai family, traditional owners of the Sunday island group, at the family's beach 'bali'. Enjoy fresh damper cooked over the fire while Kevin shares the traditions, lifestyle and culture of his family. Soon we reach beautiful Kooljaman at Cape Leveque. You may like to head off on a snorkelling adventure (equipment provided), or take one of the lovely walks in the area. Alternatively you may prefer to enjoy the pristine beaches and rugged red coastline for which Cape Leveque is famous. Driving back through the dusk, keep an eye out for wildlife before arriving at your accommodation at approximately 6.00pm. (BL)
This tour departs Saturdays (April to October) Thursdays (May to September) & Tuesdays (June to August).
2DIL1: Upgrade to a Safari Tent, subject to availability.
What to Bring
Recommendations include: torch, a broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round sun protection, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel, walking shoes, a warm jumper (particularly if travelling May-Aug), personal water bottle, personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required. Also reef shoes if you choose to snorkel or explore surrounding reefs.
You will need to bring a sleeping bag. 10ºC sleeping bags are available for sale at $35pp - these must be requested with our office prior to travel and can be kept following your trip or donated to local indigenous communities.
1. Departures are subject to weather conditions and road closures: usually only a concern for tours in April.
2. Due to the nature of the Cape Leveque Road, this tour may not be suitable for pregnant women or travellers with back problems.
3. The Islands of the Giant Tides cruise is tidal dependent. On neap tides, we will enjoy the alternative Kimberley Island Explorer Cruise.
4. Accommodation upgrades are subject to availability.
A Tour Assistant is provided on tour for all larger
groups of 8 or more travellers.
A Tour Assistant is provided on tour for all larger groups of 8 or more travellers.
As we reach the Safari Camp by boat, you will only be
able to take a small day bag with a change of
clothes, necessary personal items and toiletries for
the night out at the Safari Camp. Please arrange to
leave the bulk of your excess luggage in storage at
your Broome accommodation for the night.
6. As we reach the Safari Camp by boat, you will only be able to take a small day bag with a change of clothes, necessary personal items and toiletries for the night out at the Safari Camp. Please arrange to leave the bulk of your excess luggage in storage at your Broome accommodation for the night.
Combine this trip with a Kimberley Expedition into gorge country: consider extending your stay and joining our most popular tour: the 12 Day Kimberley Explorer.