A Week in Cape Leveque

Posted on: 16/10/2016

Red outback track and blue ocean at Kooljaman in Cape Leveque

North of Broome in Western Australia is the northernmost tip of the Dampier Peninsula: Cape Leveque. Our Map Patrol delved into this stunning region on their latest Kimberley expedition, and captured some photos that show why Cape Leveque is known as the place 'where the desert meets the sea'.

Cable Beach
Camels on Cable Beach 

Heading up to Gnylmarung Retreat in Cape Leveque

Enjoying a balmy afternoon on the flat expanses of Cable Beach | Watching the passing parade as the sun dips over the horizon | Glorious red dirt tracks meld right into the horizon on the Broome Cape Leveque Road (and 'road' is used loosely).

At the Northern Beaches in Cape Leveque

Everything you could want in a beach in one view on one of the northern beaches near Coulomb Point: azure ocean, white sand, and even a slice of outback along the coastline.

James Price Point

James Price Point sums up so much of what Cape Leveque seamlessly combines, with jagged pindan cliffs abruptly ending to give way to the seemingly endless Indian Ocean. 

Nyul Nyul Rangers vehicle

The local Aboriginal ranger groups in the Dampier Peninsula, including the Nyul Nyul (nool-nool) Rangers, have deep knowledge of the country and were immensely helpful in showing us the local tracks around Cape Leveque.

Sign down to the western beach in Kooljaman
Grass at sunset on the way to Kooljaman's western beach

 

Kooljaman cliffs at sunset

As soon as we reached Kooljaman at the northwest tip of Cape Leveque, we headed straight to the closest beach | The setting sun turns everything to gold, even the grass alongside the track to the western beach | Kooljaman's iconic cliffs stand sentry as the sun blows out the horizon in a final blaze of colour

Stars and Kooljaman's cliffs

The Milky Way pivoted overhead in a bright arc on the one night we spent at Kooljaman - a sight we marvel at whether there's a camera present or not.

Red dirt in Kooljaman

The track heading out of Kooljaman delivers the quintessential Cape Leveque scene of red, green and blue delivered in liberal doses.

Map Patrol with dirt
BP-51 Map Patrol LandCruiser

 

Looking down to the beach at Pender Bay

The Map Patrol looking gloriously dirty after a week in Cape Leveque | The LandCruiser 79 Dual Cab's BP-51 shocks stood up to the challenge | Whenever you think you've seen all the amazing views, another one like this from the cliffs at Pender Bay floors you all over again.

On the road to Gnylmarung Retreat at dusk.

Ending a day of mapping on the road to Gnylmarung Retreat, one of countless places the Map Patrol field checked first-hand over the course of the week.

Hema HX-1 Navigator
Hema HX-1 Navigator
Hema Explorer App
Hema Explorer App
Kimberley Atlas & Guide
Kimberley Atlas & Guide
The Kimberley Map
The Kimberley Map