Cape Leveque, Dampier Peninsula

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#9 of 19 in Nature in Kimberley Region
Geologic Formation Wildlife Area
Cape Leveque is the northernmost tip of the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Cape Leveque is (via the Cape Leveque Road) north of Broome, and is remote with few facilities. Nevertheless, the Cape's sandy beaches are attracting an increasing number of visitors.A 13m-tall lighthouse was erected at Cape Leveque in 1912. Its light characteristic is a group of three flashes that occurs every twenty seconds whereby the light source emits from a focal plane of. The lighthouse marks the western entrance of King Sound.Cape Leveque was a camping ground for ancient nomadic people of Northern Australia and is probably still being used today. Their huge middens overshadow the small caravan park resting on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Wild turtles and a multitude of sea birds nest on the shores and collect sea food off the exposed rocks at low tide along the shore down the coast to Broome in the Southern part of the peninsula. Whales come to give birth in the area and rest and play among the sheltered islands off the Dampier Peninsula.The traditional owners of the area are the Bardi peoples.William Dampier's description from the Cygnet off Cape Lévêque on 5 January 1688: "This part is all a low, even land with sandy banks against the sea … the points rocky and so are some of the islands in the bay… The soil is dry and sandy, destitute of water, except you make wells, yet producing divers sorts of trees."
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  • So lovely, well worth the visit, would recommend making the trip either with a tour or good 4WD and lots of camera space. Must stay for sunset and don't skip the restaurant.  more »
  • We drove to Middle Lagoon for lunch and then on to our Log cabin accom at Kooljaman, both spots have great camping facilities and stunning beaches but you can't drive your 4WD on the beach at Middle L...  more »
  • We drove to Kooljaman, parked there, and then the women in the shop guided us to the path down to the beach. The red rocks are stunning, especially so during the sunset. It's absolutely worth your tim...  more »

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