A coastal drive that takes you back to simple pleasures and ancient culture.
Take the 200-kilometre drive north of Broome to the Dampier Peninsula and Cape Leveque, where a striking contrast of pindan cliffs, white-sand beaches and clear turquoise waters creates the perfect backdrop to a unique cultural and coastal wilderness adventure.
The local Bardi and Nyul Nyul people invite you to discover their traditions and explore their country. Go fishing, mud crabbing or learn ancient hunting techniques. Taste bush foods, swim in the sparkling waters, go snorkelling, or simply relax and enjoy the wide-open stretches of pristine beaches.
On the way there, get your first taste of the region’s unique history at Beagle Bay. Step inside the Sacred Heart Church and gaze in awe at its spectacular pearl shell altar, built by local Aboriginal people and the Pallotine Monks in 1917.
The Dampier Peninsula also has a long history of pearling and, today, you can take a tour of the local pearl farms to see how some of the world’s finest quality pearls are cultured in Kimberley waters.
How to get there
The Dampier Peninsula is accessed via Cape Leveque Road. The turnoff is located approximately 20 kilometres from Broome, on the Great Northern Highway. Domestic flights from Perth to Broome
depart year round, and direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne are available during the summer months. Planning your drive
Ask Broome Visitor Centre for a copy of the Ardi Travellers Guide ($5), which contains a map, travel tips, tour information, accommodation and dining options. ‘Ardi’ means northeast in the traditional Bardi language, and the route to the Dampier Peninsula has been travelled by the Bardi people over many thousands of years. Road conditions
While Cape Leveque Road is partially sealed, high clearance 4WD vehicles are still required for the unsealed section and some access roads. Fuel and supplies can be purchased on the peninsula, but facilities are only available at certain locations and times. Access permits
Permits are not required to travel on Cape Leveque Road. However, a small access fee applies to the communities of Beagle Bay, Lombadina and One Arm Point, payable at the community offices. For day visitors to Kooljaman at Cape Leveque, a pass must be purchased at reception.
As you travel through this pristine area, you are asked to respect the land, the culture and the privacy of local people where access is restricted. Vehicle hire and tours
For your self-drive adventure, you’ll find both car and camper van hire in Broome. Another option is to join a 4WD tour, giving you the opportunity to sit back and take in the scenery while someone else does the driving. Scenic flights from Broome also offer the chance to experience the Dampier Peninsula.
The Dampier Peninsula offers a range of accommodation to suit most travellers, from simple bush camps and beach shelters to cabins and luxury self-contained safari tents. Bookings are essential at all accommodation sites.
Best time to drive
The best time to experience the Dampier Peninsula is during the Dry Season (May to October). During the Wet Season (November to April) the Cape Leveque Road may experience closures due to weather conditions, and facilities on the Peninsula are also limited. Prior to travelling, check road conditions and closures with Broome Visitor Centre.
Try a five day taster of the Dampier Peninsula or this great six day option.