Tourism Western Australia
Dampier PeninsulaRich in traditional indigenous culture – the Dampier Peninsula is a special place waiting to be explored! From rugged red earthy landscapes to unspoiled beaches and open woodland –there’s a real sense of adventure in the air.
The Bardi and Nyul Nyul people have cared for Dampier Peninsula for thousands of years and invite you to enjoy its pristine white sand, turquoise sea, striking pindan cliffs, amazing wildlife and rich culture. They call it ‘Ardi’ meaning ‘heading north’ and you can reach the peninsula by heading north from Broome on Cape Leveque Road (four wheel drive track). From Perth, you can fly to Broome in two and a half hours, and direct flights are also available from Sydney and Melbourne in summer. Make your first stop at Beagle Bay’s Sacred Heart Church to admire its unique pearl shell altar. Enter Mercedes Cove and discover a culture connected to this land and sea for more than 40000 years. Visit National Heritage listed Pender Bay and witness one of the world's largest populations of humpback whales making their annual migration in August. Experience remote community life at Mudnunn, Chile Creek, Lombadina, Goombaragin or La Djardarr Bay on a fishing, mud crabbing, kayaking or snorkelling tour. Let Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm show you how they cultivate the finest South Sea pearls. Or take a scenic flight or cruise to the untouched islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago and the world’s only horizontal waterfalls.
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Stay at Goombaragin Eco Retreat
Escape to this beautiful coastal retreat and enjoy the spectacular panoramic ocean views of Pender Bay on the Dampier Peninsula and its rich culture. Owners Kathleen and John McLennan welcome you to their home and country, only two hours drive north of Broome in the remarkable Kimberley region of Western Australia. The accommodation is well positioned to maximise coastal views and are well spaced apart to ensure your privacy. There is a choice of self-contained eco tents, eco chalet and un-powered camping sites including the nature tent on raised decking all set up ready for you to use. You will enjoy kilometres of unspoilt beaches. private beaches, great swimming, snorkelling, sunsets, sunrises, fishing and much more! Enjoy absolute bliss and serenity and be part of an eco experience getaway with a difference!
Chill at Beagle Bay
Beagle Bay is one of three Aboriginal communities on the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome, and an interesting part of Western Australian history. If you’re four wheel driving along the track to Cape Leveque it’s well worth a stop to see the Beagle Bay Sacred Heart Church with its mother of pearl shell altar. The church was built entirely by hand by local Aborigines and the Pallottine monks who started the Catholic mission in the late 1800s. The area is home to the Nyul Nyul people who’ve existed in this harsh but pristine coastal environment for thousands of years. Beagle Bay has an interesting history. It was named after a boat that was moored at the bay during a brief stay. Once used as a home for Aboriginal children separated from their families, it is now administered by those same children. The monks are still there and are responsible for running the church and school. There’s no accommodation available at Beagle Bay, which is about a two to three hour drive from Broome.
Cape Leveque
Cape Leveque invites you on a spiritual journey to see some of the Kimberley's most stunning coastal wilderness through the eyes of the Indigenous people who welcome you to their country. Venture a little further north by air and be rewarded with a bird's eye view of the horizontal waterfalls in Talbot Bay. Located on the tip of the Dampier Peninsular, the road to Cape Leveque is all part of the adventure, following the four wheel drive track or joining a guided tour for the three and a half hour drive north from Broome (sometimes closed during the green season - November to March). A quicker scenic route is available by air aboard a full or half day tour departing from Broome or Derby. Against a striking backdrop of pindan cliffs, pristine white sands and clear turquoise waters, immerse yourself in one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world, joining the locals for an authentic Indigenous bush tucker tour, tag-along four wheel drive tour or even a mud crabbing experience. While relaxing in the region's remote wilderness camps you'll be tempted by many more opportunities to enrich the mind. Hop aboard a scenic flight to take in the exclusive spectacle of the Horizontal Waterfalls at Talbot Bay - created by some of the largest tidal forces on the planet - and the 1,000 plus island paradise of the remote Buccaneer Archipelago. Snorkel the reef, visit one of the world's largest populations of humpback whales (June to October), join a bushwalking tour, or let a local fishing charter give you a taste of world-class game fishing - putting you within casting distance of mackerel, tuna, cobia and sailfish. Your accommodation options range from camping to glamping, with basic campsites and beach shacks at the budget end, to fully-equipped safari tents overlooking the sea. If you're travelling by road, stop at Beagle Bay to visit the Nyul Nyul people who've lived in harmony with this pristine environment for thousands of years. Step inside their Sacred Heart Church and view the alter they made entirely of mother of pearl shell.
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