Cape Leveque - I wish I stayed there more

by Eva
(Padova, Italy)

I had seen pictures of Cape Leveque surfing the net and decided I must see it in my trip to Kimberley. We spent there 2 nights, 1 and a half day.

We had booked well in advance a powered site at Kooljaman's campground. We found the small campground very clean and nice. We had site n.13, nicely in the shade. We loved the beautiful beach on the east. When we got there it was empty. Such a wonderful place all to ourselves...

We took a very long walk taking in the blue of the sky and ocean and the different shades of the sand. The water was warm. With low tide we found it a little bit difficult to get into the water because of the rocks.

We also loved the west side with its beautiful sunset and colors. We took our chairs, beer and chips and savoured every moment. (One question, why they recommend not to swim there? We forgot to ask and the water was just as beautiful).

We also took a scenic flight over the Buccaneer Archipelago. It was a gorgeous scenery. Everything was perfect.

I wish we had stayed more. I feel it is one of those places were you really realize how wonderful our planet is. Just sit, watch and enjoy. It is worth the trip.

Editor's note: Also read Eva's full report of her trip across the Top End and Kimberley.

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Jul 16, 2010
Gorgeous Cape Leveque
by: Birgit

Gorgeous photos, Eva. It sure is a magic place when it's not too crowded...

Regarding your question about swimming on the western beach: from what I remember (I did ask but it's been a while) the bottom is fairly steep there, with many submerged rocks, and together with the surf and currents it is considered a bit dangerous.

And since the other beaches are there I imagine the management wants to give people as little options as possible to get into trouble or injure themselves :-).

Jul 16, 2010
me too
by: Anonymous

Like wise we spent 2 nights there in June this year after a great word from my friend. I was NOT dissapointed. It is most certainly a magical part of the world. To hear the waves rolling against the cliffs was like whoa are they going to enter the tent? It was fantastic. GO to go fishing and caught a Easturine Cod. So pleased. We had camp 20.
If you get the chance go up there. I certainly will be!

Jul 16, 2010
The western side
by: Jenni

I have been reading up on the area as we are about to head up there, staying for 6 nights in a safari tent at Cape Leveque. Re Eva's query about the western side - I thought it was because crocs had ventured there in the past. Both the crocs and Irukandji stings are making me a little anxious about our trip, particularly as there are no other options for cooling off.

Jul 17, 2010
Crocs at Cape Leveque
by: Birgit

Hi Jenni,
See this reader comment about crocs at Cape Leveque.
That crocodile had been spottet from the eastern swim beach.

In that respect the eastern and western beaches at Cape Leveque are the same. Just as along the Broome beaches there are occasional (at the moment that means every few years) sightings of young crocs cruising past.

I personally would be more concerned about Irukandji than about crocodiles. But those stingers have never been encountered off Cape Leveque, only off Bromme beaches. And only when the water is still warm, in the beginning of the Dry, into May and June.

Of course there are never, ever any guarantees anywhere. (But my stance is that those waters are a lot safer for swimming than any eastern highways are for driving...)

Jul 17, 2010
Western Beach
by: Anonymous

The tidal flow on the western beach is much more severe then on the eastern or swimming beach. There is a greater tidal rush and rips form, it is not considered safe to swim. As for crocs, we didn't see any but that's not to say they were not there. Have a great time!

Jul 18, 2010
Best Holiday Yet
by: Terry G.

Hi all,
Yes, my wife and myself went there last year (2009 August).
This place has to be one of the most beautiful places in Australia. A must see, approx. 200 km from Broome along an unsealaed road (was not too bad when we went, had been not long since it was graded).
Would suggest spending at least two weeks there, also a boat would be great.
Terry G.
Gold Coast

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