Iconic Cape Leveque is a remote place of stunning beauty. At the northernmost tip of the Dampier Peninsula, 200 kilometres north of Broome, the spectacular blood-red sandstone cliffs meet sparkling white beaches lapped by brilliant blue hues of the Indian Ocean. It’s a spot to cast away your cares and bask in the peaceful surroundings.
The area boasts excellent spots for a cliff walk, swimming, snorkelling, and fishing. Cape Leveque tours offer scenic trips to Sunday Island, mud-crabbing tours, and bushtucker walk-and-talks with local Aboriginal guides. You can also take a glass-bottom boat trip to get a close-up view of the colourful tropical fish below or visit Cape Leveque Lighthouse.
There are several Aboriginal communities in the area that welcome visitors. The Bardi Jawi people love to share their knowledge and their special relationship with their land and the ocean. Sitting, walking, and talking with Bardi Jawi on their land has been described as a ‘once in a lifetime experience.’ It’s a way to learn first-hand about traditional bush foods and medicines, hunting and fishing techniques and hear their fascinating stories.
Their land is one of astonishing diversity and is a photographer’s dream with its vibrant, contrasting colours. A walk along the rich red cliffs rewards visitors with stunning views of pristine white beaches and a crystal-clear ocean.
Cape Leveque Lighthouse sits 13-metres-high atop a rocky outcrop marking the Western entrance of King Sound. Commissioned in 1911, the lighthouse tower is the only prefabricated cast iron lighthouse designed by the Public Works Department and manufactured locally in Perth.
The lighthouse was manned by two lighthouse keepers and fuelled by kerosene; its flashing white light was visible for up to 18 nautical miles. The Cape Leveque Lighthouse was modernised in 1965 and again in 1985 when it was converted to solar power and automated. The lighthouse grounds are open all year round, but the tower is closed to the public.
Explore Cape Leveque on one of our tours through the Kimberley region.
At the tip of Dampier Peninsula, a landform best known for its bright red sandstone cliffs, azure waters, and the hospitality of its traditional owners, the Bardi people, lies the remote Cape Leveque, a tiny First Nation settlement. This isolated tropical paradise is a refreshing alternative to the Kimberley region’s busier coastal destinations.
As well as swimming, snorkelling, fishing, and mud crabbing, one of the most popular pastimes in Cape Leveque is relaxing and soaking up the beauty and tranquillity of the amazing landscape.
While the Aboriginal heritage of Cape Leveque dates back over 7,000 years, the Europeans named the area in 1803 when French explorer, Nicolas Baudin, sailed along the coast naming the cape after his hydrographer Pierre Leveque.
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