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, learn about local bush tucker, enjoy a taste of indigenous Bardi-Jawi lifestyle and best of all, enjoy a boat cruise through the islands of the giant tides and experience a night in the Buccaneer Archipelago with our Indigenous hosts, the Ejai family. INCLUDES the famous Islands of the Giant Tides Cruise!
Highlights of the 3 Day Cape Leveque Experience include Cruise the Islands of the Giant Tides, Buccaneer Archipelago Camping Experience, Cape Leveque (Kooljaman), Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Altar, One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm and Lombadina Community Visit.
Day 1 Beagle Bay & Lombadina
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. Journey on to beautiful Cape Leveque to set up camp at Kooljaman, right on the edge of the Indian Ocean. A warm Kimberley sunset is a great way to end the day before our famous Kimberley BBQ under the stars. (LD)
Day 2 Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm & Buccaneer Archipelago Camping
The morning at Cape Leveque is yours to enjoy as you please. You may like to join our guide on a snorkelling adventure (equipment provided), or take up one of the many optional extras on offer. Alternatively you may prefer to spend your time simply enjoying the pristine beaches and rugged red coastline for which Cape Leveque is famous. After lunch we cross the peninsula, to visit Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. In 1946 Dean Brown skippered a rickety wooden lugger into an unknown frontier to discover this hidden paradise: his descendants continue to operate what is now the oldest Pearl Farm in Australia. Enjoy an insight into this remote pearling industry on the Farm Tour before we embark a cruise through the Islands of the Giant Tides. Camping overnight, our hosts share their local traditions, lifestyle and culture - and perhaps catch a fish for dinner: truly a privileged experience. (BLD)
Day 3 One Arm Point
Returning to the mainland we then 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. Further south we enjoy lunch in the laid-back Lombadina Community, a beautiful and welcoming community, which is home to an interesting bush timber church. Driving back through the dusk, keep an eye out for wildlife before arriving back in Broome at approximately 5:00pm.
This is a 4WD adventure and is operated with a comfortable 21 seat 4WD vehicle. All vehicles have airconditioning, reclinable seats, PA systems and DVD players.
This tour includes:
Meals as specified
Community Entry Permits
Islands of the Giant Tides Cruise (or Kimberley Island Explorer)
Bardi Indigenous Camping Experience
Guided One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery Tour
Guided Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tour
Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Tour
Camping in the grounds of Kooljaman Resort overlooking the Indian Ocean and on a beach in the Buccaneer Archipelago involves dome tents (single/twinshare), swags with fitted sheets & pillows with pillow cases.
All amenities blocks are within close proximity to both the campground & Mini Dome sites, they have toilets & hot & cold showers.
Accommodation Upgrade : Mini Safari Dome
Night 1 : The Mini Safari Tents are located in the campground at the Award-winning, Aboriginal-owned Kooljaman Resort. Each sleeps up to two people and contains a comfortable futon style bed (twin or double), fan & light. There is a small balcony with shade and chairs. Shared ablutions are located in the campground.
Night 2 : Get up close and personal with nature and the traditional lives of the Bardi saltwater people. Camping on the beach in the Buccanneer Archipelago is truly a rare experience. We provide swags with fitted sheets & pillows with pillow cases, while dome tents are optional. Basic facilities only tonight!
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2013 - 2014 season. The 2014 - 2015 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2014 - 31st March 2015. The 2015 - 2016 season rates commence on the 1st April 2015.