Cape Leveque is located on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula. A drive from Broome to Cape Leveque includes some 200 kilometres of sealed and unsealed road characterised by corrugations and sandy sections. Cape Leveque is hidden and its hard to get there. We were ‘wowed’ by the pristine white beaches and the golden red cliffs. We fell immediately in love with the place, it is such a peaceful, tranquil place.
Isn’t the colour beautiful?
We stayed at Kooljaman at Cape Leveque which is a unique wilderness style camp jointly owned by Djarindjin and One Arm Point Aboriginal communities. While there we visited three different aboriginal communities.
The first was Lombadine which is set amidst the untamed beauty of nature. Lombadina Aboriginal Corporation, a working aboriginal community, which is working towards self sufficiency through community ventures which include a general store, artefact and craft shop, a bakery and tourism. We spent a long time sitting in the village green under the huge fig trees watching the slow activity of the village. The village was perfectly set out and well tended.
The centre of the village
Sandra standing outside the catholic church, it was very old and was a beautiful example of bush carpentry.
The beautiful beach area outside the village.
On the second day we visited One Arm Point Community, where we viewed the spectacular Buccaneer Archipelago and saw the huge tidal flows of the Kimberley.we sat on the cliff and watched the tide it was magnificent, so fast. We also visited the Community’s aquaculture hatchery, complete with reef fish and trochus shell.
A young lass showed us through and gave a very good explanation of each of the breeds of fish and sea life. There was three ladies selling artefacts made from trochus shells. The old gentleman was complaining that they were selling them faster than he could make them.
Graham watching the sunset at Cape Leveque
The next day we left Cape Leveque, we were both very sad to leave it as it was a magic place and a good place to spend a longer time some day. On the way down the Cape Leveque Road we stopped at the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, it is the home of the Beagle Bay Scared Heart Catholic Church that was built in 1918 by the Pallotine Monks and is famous for its glimmering pearl shell altar. The school was next to the church and the children were going in for their end of term mass. I loved watching them and hearing the beautiful singing. It was the first aboriginal community that we had seen that was busy, with plenty of people out and doing their daily tasks.
A small altar in the church.