2 Day Cape Leveque & Kimberley Coast
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 take a remarkable Sea Safari through the islands of the giant tides.
Note: due to the recent surprise announcement that Kooljaman at Cape Leveque is closing for an indefinite period, this tour will not be operating as per this itinerary in 2022. A new itinerary is in development and this tour page will be updated as soon as it is finalised. If you have already booked this tour for 2022, we will be in touch as soon as we can. Your patience is appreciated.
Buccaneer Archipelago Sea Safari, Cape Leveque, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Tour, Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church, One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery
|Accommodation||Cabin - with ensuite (1nt)|
|Vehicles||4WD Vehicle or Rosa|
|Duration||2 Days / 1 Night|
|Tour Style||Kimberley Expedition|
|Maximum Passengers||20 (Minimum 2)|
|Price||Adult $995, Child (4-12yrs) $895 *Optional Single Supplement On Request $160|
|Departs||MAY-SEP: Wednesdays & Fridays|
|Meals||1 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunches, 1 x Dinner|
|Luggage||Max 15kg in Soft Bag/Backpack & Day Bag (No Suitcases)|
|Private Charter||Available On Request|
|Validity||1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023|
|More Information||What You Need To Know
Frequently Asked Questions
|Download Trip Notes||N/A|
Day 1 Beagle Bay, One Arm Point & Buccaneer Archipelago
The Dampier Peninsula is an extraordinary blend of pristine beaches and dramatic coastlines, rich in traditional Aboriginal culture. Travelling north, 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. Soon we arrive at 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 picnic lunch we head for 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 on an extraordinary Sea Safari through the Islands of the Giant Tides to experience the remarkable tidal flows of King Sound. (LD)
Day 2 Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, Kooljaman & Cape Leveque
Return to the pearl farm to gain an insight into this remote pearling industry on the Farm Tour, concluding with an in-depth pearl grading and appreciation session that will leave you feeling like a pearl expert! Come mid morning, we travel across the peninsula to beautiful Kooljaman at Cape Leveque. You may like to discover the rugged red cliffs for which the area is famous or take one of the lovely walks. Alternatively you may prefer to enjoy a swim off the pristine beach. Driving back through the dusk, keep an eye out for wildlife before arriving at your accommodation at approximately 5.00pm. (BL)
|Night 1 Enjoy a night in Cygnet Bay's new Cabins - complete with air-conditioning and a private ensuite.|
- Meals as specified
- Community Entry Permits
- Sea Safari: Islands of the Giant Tides, Waterfall Reef or Kimberley Island Explorer, depending on the tide. Valued at $195pp
- Guided tour of One Arm Point Aboriginal Community’s Aquaculture Hatchery
- Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Tour
We operate our 4WD tours in custom-built, 21 or 27 seat 4WD trucks with a PA system and built-in storage (no risky trailers!). These comfortable, strong remote area vehicles allow our small groups extra space (including standing room), are fully air-conditioned and fitted with adjustable air-vents, reclinable seats, map pockets and footrests. It is important that when booking a 4WD outback adventure in the Kimberley, you understand that the roads we travel on can be heavily corrugated. Rest assured, these are the conditions for which our 4WD trucks are designed.
The Sea Safaris are operated by Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, in either a Cyclone or Monsoon high speed vessel or their Atlanta IV aluminium tourist vessel, depending on the weather conditions. These boats are perfect for the powerful tidal conditions experienced in the Buccaneer Archipelago.
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.
- Departures are subject to weather conditions and road closures.
- 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. The Sea Safari is operated by Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm.
- It is important that you appreciate the Kimberley Wild experience and the remote, vast nature of the areas through which we travel – please ensure you read our What You Need to Know and Frequently Asked Questions pages.
- Are you over 70 years old? Due to the remote location and challenging nature of our extended camping tours it is essential for older travellers to review and sign our Medical Form to ensure you can participate fully in the itinerary.