Dampier Peninsula—Horizontal Falls & Cape Leveque, 30 Jul - 1 Aug, 2019
A 2-Day Adrenaline Rush with Jeremy Woodhouse
(2 days – 2 nights)
With its turquoise lagoons and burnt-crimson cliffs, ancient footsteps and historic shell middens, Australia’s remote Dampier Peninsula is home to a number of Aboriginal Australian communities who welcome travellers to their spectacular land and share their traditional culture.
Day 1: Tue, 30 July — Broome/Cape Leveque
After a 05:00AM courtesy bus pick up from the Broome Mercure, we will board our 14-seat turbo prop jet seaplane. We fly directly from Broome to the Horizontal Falls. We then board our 900hp fast boat, the fastest boat in the Kimberley. Experience an exhilarating thrill ride through the Horizontal falls with our highly experienced skipper.
Now it’s time to sit back and relax as you cruise through the spectacular untouched surrounding bays and creeks. Experience the thrill of swimming in our huge croc/shark free cage and feeding our friendly fish.
Enjoy a cooked breakfast on board our luxury vessel as you take in the breathtaking scenery.
Have your camera ready as you take off from Talbot Bay, flying low across the Buccaneer Archipelago, Cape Leveque, Lombadina, Beagle Bay, Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Cable Beach and Broome township prior to landing at around 11:15AM
The Horizontal Falls
The Horizontal Falls are one of the most amazing natural features of the Kimberley region. The tidal waterfalls located deep within Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago are unlike any other waterfall, the water passes horizontally.
Although they are called waterfalls, this natural phenomenon actually consists of intense tidal currents hurtling through two narrow coastal gorges. Massive tidal movements create a waterfall effect as water banks up against one side of the narrow cliff passage, to be repeated again on the turning tide.
The twin gaps are part of the McLarty Ranges, which have two ridges running parallel approximately 300 metres apart. The first and most seaward gap is about 20 metres wide and the second, most spectacular, gap is about 10 metres wide.
It is possible to drive boats through the two gaps to the bay behind. The tides in this area have a 10 metre variation which occurs over six and a half hours from low tide to high tide and vice versa. The effect of the waterfalls is created by the tide building up in front of the gaps faster than it can flow through them and there can be a four metre high waterfall between the bays.
Transfer back to Broome Mercure by the Horizontal waterfalls minibus, arriving back around 11:30AM (time to have a drink, use the bathrooms etc. before we’re collected from the Broome Mercure by the Cape Leveque coach company at 12 noon). Check out of Broome Mercure leaving any extra baggage in storage to recollected on our return on Day 2
Depart Broome to Cape Leveque at 12:00 noon. Enjoy a packed lunch on the bus. The drive to Cape Leveque is approximately 3 hours (220 kms) but this will depend on the road conditions. We will arrive at Kooljaman at Cape Leveque between 3-3:30PM which, since sunset is at around 5:30PM, gives us around 2 hours photography till sunset.
Red and remote, and occupying the northernmost tip of the peninsula 220km from Broome, is Cape Leveque (pronounced Le-veek by locals). It is on the bucket list of many campers and visitors to Australia, which means some travellers race up here on a daytrip missing the spectacular red cliffs to the west (the spot for sunset viewings), the miles of sand on the Eastern Beach and the regions's fascinating Aboriginal heritage and colonial history. The Cape is named after a hydrographer, Pierre Leveque, who sailed around the area on the French ship Geographe in 1803; locals, however, know it as Kooljaman.
O/N Kooljaman at Cape Leveque in en-suite cabins (B,L,D)
Day 15: Wed 31 July — Cape Leveque/Broome
After a dawn shoot at Cape Leveque and breakfast we depart Cape Leveque for Broome. First stop is Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm situated on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula. Enjoy a chef-prepared lunch followed by an insightful Pearl Farm Tour to learn about the history of the pearling industry. Whilst here, take the opportunity to visit their showroom where you will see some of the finest South Sea Pearls grown and harvested right there!
Heading further south our next stop is Lombadina, where the traditional owners will take us on a guided walk of their community. They are happy to share their knowledge about bush foods and medicines, traditional hunting and fishing techniques and their special relationship with their land and the ocean. Also a chance to visit their craft shop where you will find many local hand made products.
In a green oasis of lawns, palm trees and ghost gums you'll find the community of Lombadina. Like Beagle Bay, it boasts a remarkable church, constructed in 1932.
Just a few kilometres out of Lombadina we head south on the Cape Leveque Road. Travelling over rugged terrain on the unsealed sections of the road our next stop is Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community. Here we visit the famous Sacred Heart Church with its exquisite Pearl Shell Altar built in 1918 by the Pallotine Monks and local Aborigines.
Arrive in Broome late in the afternoon and head out to Cable Beach for sunset.
O/N Mercure Broome- deluxe room with en-suite (B, L,D)
Day 16: Thu 1 August Broome/Darwin
After breakfast, you will be collected from the hotel and transferred to Broome Airport for your onward flights to Darwin and the next leg of the tour to Kakadu & the Top End. (B)
Please note that the Horizontal waterfalls tour is subject to the tides. Information on these isn’t available until Oct 2018. If this tour isn’t available, we will arrange to do something else
Wurrgeng - Cold Weather Season
Wurrgeng, from mid-June to mid-August, is the 'cold weather' time; humidity is low, daytime temperatures are around 30°C and night-time temperatures are around 17°C. Most creeks stop flowing and the floodplains quickly dry out. Burning continues, extinguished by the dew at night. By day, birds of prey patrol the fire lines as insects and small animals try to escape the flames. Magpie geese, fat and heavy after weeks of abundant food, and a myriad of other waterbirds crowd the shrinking billabongs.
Tour dates: 30 July - 1 Aug, 2019
Single Supplement: $250
Max Group Size: 10
Photographer: Jeremy Woodhouse
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