“My favourite weekend spot is Cape Leveque in the north west above Broome in WA. It’s peaceful, beautifully warm and a great place to spend time. The waters are warmed by the currents and there’s great fishing and excellent scenery all round.”– AT reader Honi McGregor, South Lake WA
Sometimes the city slicker splurge, stilettos and all, seems fitting for a long weekend break from the everyday. Strutting neon-lit streets energised by the pace, bright lights and loud noise can leave one simply spinning for more. Then there are those times when you just want to disappear.
Take the time to sit down, slow down and imagine a hidden pocket of the Kimberley in WA’s far northwest: Cape Leveque, laced with jaw-dropping scenery, Indian Ocean high tides and a kaleidoscope of colours – the daylight blues and sunset-streaked reds . . . and that’s just the sky. It’s time to get that camera out.
This largely untouched tip of the mainland will inspire a long weekend love affair with the Dampier peninsula and it’s gin-coloured ocean, desolate beaches and humpback whales, on show just for you.
The string of beautiful beaches meandering the coastline isn’t dissimilar to the impressive pearls found in the region. A rich Aboriginal heritage dates back some 7000 years and local Indigenous guides will happily take travellers on cultural tours around the region. Hire a dinghy, snorkel the reef, and sit back with binoculars and drink in hand. For those keen anglers dying to hook a trevally, here’s the perfect chance.
A weekend of carefree cavorting with sand squashing between your toes will allow you to feel as though weeks have passed you by. It’s rugged, remote, and red-hot.
Other things to do:
- Take a boat trip to Sunday Island.
- Cape Leveque’s lighthouse, elegantly standing atop huge sand dunes, promises fine coastal sights.
- For a bird’s eye view of the rugged Buccaneer Archipelago, scenic flights over mangroves, rainforests and secluded beaches can be arranged – it’s a lavish spoil.
- Want to catch a Mangrove Jack? Try your hand at deep-sea fishing; a good spot is Hunters Creek – get there for low tide.
- Inspect traditional Aboriginal arts and crafts in nearby Lombadina.
Details: Cape Leveque
Where: 220km north of Broome, 3.5hrs drive in 4WD only.
Contact: Broome tourist office, (08) 9192 2222, broomevisitorcentre.com.au
What to take: Binoculars. There are great birding and wildlife opportunities. Watching a whale up-close can’t be beat.
Where to stay: The award-winning Aboriginal wilderness camp, Kooljaman. Book the stilted safari tents. www.kooljaman.com.au
Did you know: Cape Leveque is called Kooljaman by the local Bardi Aboriginal tribes who originally inhabited the area some 5000-7000 years ago. It means “place of no grass.”