The Dampier Peninsula
The Dampier Peninsula is one of the many remote corners of the stunning Kimberley region in north west Australia that makes for a fascinating daytrip from Broome. Surrounded by water on three sides and featuring beautiful empty beaches and crystal clear waters, the main theme is clearly scenery orientated, though there is also a good deal of indigenous cultural heritage to learn about.
The road to Cape Leveque from Broome provides access to the peninsula and it’s about a 220km-drive to the tip of the cape. Lying about half way is Beagle Bay, with its Aboriginal community and their Sacred Heart Church and snazzy altar. Not far from here is the stunning Middle Lagoon and its arcing beach which has excellent snorkelling.
Cape Leveque is to the north and is the main goal for many visitors to Dampier. While there’s not a huge amount to see, just being here among its red cliffs and unbeatable sunsets is sublime. Bush tucker tours are popular and there is a nice resort to stay at. The stunning Buccaneer Archipelago lies just offshore, though most trips are from Broome or Derby.
Services and hotels are limited on the Dampier Peninsula, with hotel options at Middle Lagoon and Cape Leveque, along with the odd retreat en route. Kooljaman Resort at Cape Leveque is especially worthwhile, with the option to camp or stay in cabins. Just be aware that booking ahead is a must during the main tourist season.
Cape Leveque Road is the main route in to Dampier, though it is often closed in the wet season and not in the best condition, so a four-wheel drive is recommended. Buses also run this route, and there are air strips at Beagle Bay, Bardi, Djarindjin and the Cape. It is also possible to drive from Derby without going via Broome, though the approach road can be hard going.