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 at our private Coastal Safari camp, overlooking the Buccaneer Archipelago.
Highlights of the 2 Day Cape Leveque and Kimberley Coast Experience include Cruise the Islands of the Giant Tides, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Tour, Cape Leveque (Kooljaman), Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Altar, One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatcher and Bardi-Jawa Cultural Experience.
Day 1 : Beagle Bay, One Arm Point & 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. Soon we arrive at 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 join Kevin, our local guide from the Ejai family, traditional owners of Jackson Island, at the family’s beach ‘bali’. Enjoy fresh damper cooked over the fire while Kevin shares the traditions, lifestyle and culture of his family. After lunch we head for 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 descendants continue to operate what is now the oldest Pearl Farm in Australia. Embark an extraordinary cruise through the Islands of the Giant Tides to experience the remarkable tidal flows of King Sound. As dusk approaches 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 : Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, Kooljaman & Cape Leveque
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)
Cruise the Islands of the Giant Tides
Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Tour
Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Altar
One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery
Bardi-Jawa Cultural Experience
Two Tour Hosts – including an Experienced Kimberley Tour Guide and Tour Assistant (on all tours with 8+ travellers)
Meals as specified
Exclusive Coastal Safari Camp Stay
Community Entry Permits
Islands of the Giant Tides Cruise (or Kimberley Island Explorer), valued at $190pp
Bardi-Jawi Cultural Experience
Guided tour of One Arm Point Aboriginal Community’s Aquaculture Hatchery
Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Tour
We operate our 4WD tours in custom-built, 21 or 27 seat 4WD trucks with a PA system and built-in storage (no risky trailers!). These comfortable, strong remote area vehicles allow our small groups extra space (including standing room), are fully air-conditioned and fitted with adjustable air-vents, reclinable seats, map pockets and footrests. It is important that when booking a 4WD outback adventure in the Kimberley, you understand that the roads we travel on can be heavily corrugated. Rest assured, these are the conditions for which our 4WD trucks are designed.
The Kimberley Island Explorer and Giant Tides Cruises are operated by Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, in either a Cyclone or Monsoon high speed vessel or their Atlanta IV aluminium tourist vessel, depending on the weather conditions. These boats are perfect for the powerful tidal conditions experienced in the Buccaneer Archipelago.
Enjoy an extraordinary night in our own Coastal Safari Camp. Exclusive to Kimberley Wild travellers, this camp on a remote beach overlooks the Buccaneer Archipelago. Travellers on this option stay in Tourer-style tents with stretcher beds. Shared on site ablutions have hot showers and toilets.
Camping Plus Accommodation
Enjoy an extraordinary night in our own Coastal Safari Camp. Exclusive to Kimberley Wild travellers, this camp on a remote beach overlooks the Buccaneer Archipelago. Travellers on this option stay in Safari Tents with proper beds. Shared on site ablutions have hot showers and toilets.
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2016 - 2017 season. The 2016 - 2017 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2016 to the 31st March 2017. The 2017 - 2018 season rates commence on the 1st April 2017.