Follow in Shane’s footsteps and take your own journey to the Dampier Peninsula!
Day 1 - Back in Broome, baby!
Fly direct from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Perth to Broome, and check in at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa to get straight onto Broome Time. Enjoy a glass of bubbles on arrival, before pulling on your beach gear and heading down to Cable Beach for a swim and selfie at sunset. Stroll back to Sunset Bar and Grill for one of their delicious cocktails, before dinner at the resort or nearby Zookeeper's Store.
Day 2 - Going Horizontal
Today's the day for a Horizontal Falls Adventure! You'll be picked up by Horizontal Falls Seaplanes Adventures from the hotel, for a transfer to your seaplane for the day - bound for Talbot Bay, the home of the Horizontal Falls. After your water landing, you'll experience the thrill of a fast boat ride through the falls themselves, followed by a more relaxed cruise through the surrounding bays and creeks. After a delicious BBQ lunch onboard the Horizontal Hotel, you'll be ready for a scenic return flight to Broome and a relaxing afternoon by the pool!
Day 3 - Going North
Pick up your 4WD hire car nice and early for the drive north on the Dampier Peninsula - pop into The Aarli restaurant for a slap-up breakfast before hitting the road. Allow at least three hours for the drive as there's no need to rush - one and a half hours will be on the famous red dirt road. Once you are back on the sealed road at the north of the Peninsula, it's time to turn off to the Beagle Bay Community to visit the historic Beagle Bay Church with its whitewashed walls, three-storey bell tower and the mother of pearl shell altar. What an amazing insight into the old days!
Back on the road, it's another hour or so until you reach the turn to Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, where you can check into one of their safari tents, camping sites or pearler’s cabins for a night or two. To follow in Shane's footsteps, join one of their Waterfall Reef Sea Safaris to witness the tidal phenomenon of a waterfall rising from the ocean! You can also learn about the history of pearling at Cygnet Bay and how they cultivate some of the most sought-after and beautiful pearls in the world on one of their pearl farm tours, or have a sunset in style from Shell Island, where you've seen Shane meet Terry Hunter. In the evening, dine at the in-house restaurant and try fresh pearl meat as you overlook the bay.
Day Four - Going with the Flow
Allow a bit of time before you leave Cygnet Bay to yarn with Terry Hunter, a fourth-generation pearler and proud Bardi man. Share his story as you explore the tidal flats, forage for oysters and learn some of his traditional coastal hunting techniques.
Then it's time to get back on the road for the 30-minute drive to Kooljaman at Cape Leveque, where the safari tents, cabins or beachfront shelters will be your home for the next couple of nights while you explore the incredibly beautiful natural surrounds, enjoy time on the beach and discover the vibrant local Aboriginal culture on a guided tour with one of the local Bardi guides. Shane spent a bit of time with Bundy, and you can too - join him on one of his bush tucker, night-fishing or coastal adventure tours.
In the evening, you won't want to miss dinner at Raugi's Restaurant, what a menu!
Day Five - The End Bit (almost!)
On your second day at Kooljaman you might like to join Brian Lee and follow him to the banks of crystal-clear Hunters Creek on one of his Tagalong Tours. Along the way learn some of the fascinating history of the area and hear some of the stories of the colourful old characters of the Dampier Peninsula and learn the traditional fishing and crabbing methods.
Spend the afternoon swimming at Eastern Beach and finish off the day watching the sunset at Western Beach – the colours of the red pindan rocks in the soft sunset light are incredible!
Day Six - The Real End Bit
You could plan to spend a bit longer on the Dampier Peninsula, and you'll definitely want to! At some stage you'll probably have to head back to the real world though, so jump in your car for a leisurely drive back to Broome.