The trip from Broome to Cape Leveque traverses the whole Dampier Peninsula north of Broome.
Most people drive straight through to Kooljaman Resort.
However, Kooljaman is not the only place worth stopping at...
The whole Dampier Peninsula is still an untouched wilderness, surrounded by an amazing coastline and untainted by the usual mass tourism ventures. Instead there are several Aboriginal communities that welcome interested visitors and offer accommodation, cultural tours, fishing and a glimpse into their traditional lifestyle.
They are happy to share their knowledge about bush foods and medicines, traditional hunting and fishing techniques and their special relationship with their land and the ocean.
The distance from Broome to Cape Leveque—the tip of the Dampier Peninsula—is 206 km.
While the second part of this drive has been sealed a few years ago, the first part is as sandy and corrugated as ever. Which means that you still need a 4WD to make the trip, even if you do not plan to visit any of the places on the way.
The drive from Broome to Cape Leveque takes about two and a half to three hours. The turn-off to the Cape Leveque Road is only a few kilometres out of Broome, and only the first half can be really rough. Once you reach the Aboriginal owned country further north the roads are excellent.
You will be travelling across Aboriginal land. Respect the culture and privacy of the people that live here. That means observe the no entry signs on private roads! They protect law grounds, burial sites and other areas of traditional significance.
If you don't have a car and don't want to rent one you can join a Cape Leveque tour from Broome.
Cape Leveque also has a small airport and you can get there via a scenic flight from Broome or Derby. Many operators offer packages for day and overnight trips.
If you are self driving and have some time then you can visit some more places.
Beagle Bay is the first Aboriginal community that you will pass. There is no accommodation here but it's worth to call in to have a look at the famous Sacred Heart Church and its beautiful altar decorated with mother-of-pearl shell.
Middle Lagoon is a quiet holiday resort popular with locals. Great fishing, a shallow lagoon safe for swimming, camping, beach shelters, breezy self contained log cabins... It's a gorgeous place. Some travellers even prefer it over Kooljaman.
Lombadina is another well known Aboriginal community further north. This was the first community on the peninsula to venture into tourism, over 15 years ago now. Their acommodation and tours are well established and their beach may be the most stunning on the whole peninsula. The photo below shows their church, an ingenious structure built from bush timbers and corrugated iron.
One Arm Point (also known as Ardyaloon) is a few kilometres beyond Kooljaman and is also a great place to stop. You can tour the aquaculture hatchery which is breeding juvenile trochus shells, or you can take part in the boat or fishing tours offered.
The above are only the longest established and most well known places. There are many more. Some have only opened in the last few years, some have been there for a long time but been kept secret by the locals.
There is Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, and Bully's Place, the Whalesong Cafe, many small campgrounds to stay at, and many more Aboriginals communities that you can visit. For some of those you need to arrange your visit beforehand. (Destination Kimberley has the details you need for that.)
Keep in mind that many of those communities are only just starting out in tourism and are not necessarily familiar with the needs of the average tourist. Bring an open mind and be willing to adapt and learn.
But most of all, bring enough time!