The Dampier Peninsula is one of the most spectacular coastal environments in Australia, and the perfect place to experience indigenous culture in the Kimberley. Visit historical local communities, see the exquisite pearl shell altar in Beagle Bay church, discover the art of pearling at one of Australia’s oldest family-owned pearl farms – Cygnet Bay, enjoy an insight into indigenous Bardi-Jawi lifestyle and enjoy a remarkable boat cruise through the islands of the giant tides, culminating in a night in our private Cygnet Bay Camp.
Buccaneer Archipelago Sea Safari, Cape Leveque, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Tour, Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Altar, One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery, Bardi-Jawa Cultural Experience
Day 1: Beagle Bay, One Arm Point & Sea Safari
The Dampier Peninsula is an extraordinary blend of pristine beaches and dramatic coastlines, rich in traditional Aboriginal culture. Travelling up the red 4WD track, learn about the region’s fascinating history from our guided commentary. Our first stop is the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, home of the Beagle Bay Church with its glimmering pearl shell altar, for morning tea. Travel to the One Arm Point Community perched on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula to visit the Community’s aquaculture hatchery, complete with barramundi, pearl and trochus shell. After a hatchery tour we join an indigenous Bardi guide for a picnic lunch, while we learn of local traditions, lifestyle and culture. In the afternoon we arrive at the remote Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. In 1946 Dean Brown skippered a rickety wooden lugger into an unknown frontier to discover this hidden paradise: his descendants continue to operate what is now the oldest Pearl Farm in Australia. Embark an extraordinary Sea Safari through the Buccaneer Archipelago to experience the remarkable tidal flows of King Sound. In the evening we relax round a fire in our own private camp. (LD)
Day 2: Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, Cape Leveque & Broome
This morning a knowledgeable local guide will demonstrate a pearl harvest, providing a glimpse into this fully operational pearl farm. Discover how they cultivate some of the most sort after and beautiful pearls in the world and enjoy an in-depth pearl grading and appreciation session that will leave you feeling like a pearl expert! Mid-morning, we depart for beautiful Kooljaman at Cape Leveque. You may like to head off for a swim or take one of the lovely walks in the area to explore the rugged red coastline for which Cape Leveque is famous. Driving back through the dusk, keep an eye out for wildlife before arriving at your accommodation at approximately 5.00pm. (BL)
1 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Cygnet Bay Camp Safari Tent: shared facilities (1nt)
What to Bring
Recommendations include: torch, a broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round sun protection, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel, walking shoes, a warm jumper (particularly if travelling May-Aug), personal water bottle, personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required. Also reef shoes if you choose to snorkel or explore surrounding reefs. NOTE: a sleeping bag is not required on this trip.
- TourTour may not be suitable for pregnant women or travellers with back problems as the Cape Leveque Road can be rough
- The Sea Safari is tide dependent: it may be the Giant Tides, Waterfall Reef or on neap tides, we will enjoy the Kimberley Island Explorer.
- It is important that you appreciate the Kimberley Wild experience and the remote, vast nature of the areas through which we travel
- Are you over 70 years old? Due to the remote location and challenging nature of the extended camping tours it is essential for older travellers to review and sign a Medical Form to ensure you can participate fully in the itinerary.