The Broome-Cape Leveque road is now sealed!You can now drive from Broome up to Cygnet Bay in a 2WD!!!
High clearance, 4x4 vehicles are still needed if you plan to access side roads into some locations as these remain unsealed.
Whether you hire a 4x4, put your own to the test or go on a guided tour, a trip up the Dampier Peninsula or places such as James Price Point, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience.
The turnoff to Broome-Cape Leveque road is located approximately 9.5 kilometres from the Broome Visitor Centre. Heading out of town on the Broome Road, you will then turn left onto the Broome-Cape Leveque Road.
If you are unsure about permits, access passes and visiting the Dampier Peninsula, please pop into the Broome Visitor Centre (near Male Oval, 1 Hamersley St, Broome) before you go.
There are so many places to explore on the Dampier Peninsula ...
LombadinaTake in nature’s beauty and relax on white, sandy beaches...
Lombadina community is near Thomas Bay. Lombadina is a small community on the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley region. Relax on white sandy beaches, characterised by pristine turquoise waters, take in nature’s beauty and experience the colours of the Kimberley, the thrilling fishing and breath-taking whale watching. Catch a fresh feast of mud crab or take a kayak tour and spend time snorkelling in crystal clear waters abundant with sea life. Tours are timed to take full advantage of the tides ensuring your experience is more exhilarating than exhausting!
As of May 2023, Lombadina community is now open 7 days per week and from 9am-2pm on a Saturday and Sunday. Tour bookings require minimum four days notice.
Djarindjin CampgroundCamp with Custodians
With 37 powered sites catering to large RV’s and caravans and an additional 10 unpowered sites, the campground is serviced by a range of amenities including male and female ablutions, hot showers, laundry, a camp kitchen and sheltered BBQ area. There is also the Camping with Custodians signature central firepit, a place to meet and share stories under the Kimberley sky.
Oolin Sunday Island Cultural ToursFollow the journey of the Tide Drifters with Rosanna Angus
Join Oolin Sunday Island Cultural Tours on a journey that began thousands of years ago through what is today known as the Middle Passage. You will pass through the whirlpools and eddies between Jooloom and Jayirri and allow you to experience the power of some of the world’s biggest tidal waters and learn how these massive tidal currents were used by the Jawi people to hunt, fish and trade. Rosanna Angus is a Jawi woman whose family lived on Sunday Island, she shares stories of life on the island before the mission closed in 1962. Discover who started the Mission and why Sunday Island | Ewuny was chosen as the site. Learn about life at the Mission and why the culture is still strong.
Hear the story of the Journey of the Tide Drifters as you retrace the ocean journey from Bardi Country on the mainland through the network of islands and tidal passages that make up Jawi Country.
Rosanna recently won the prestigious FACET Golden Guide Award at the 2023 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards. She also won the Individual Excellence in Aboriginal Tourism Award in 2022. Rosanna was recognised for her innovative leadership skills, particularly her focus on supporting and inspiring Aboriginal women.
Book online to experience the magic of this special 4.5 hour tour experience departing from Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm.
Nature's Hideaway Middle LagoonBeautiful beaches, native bush and beach access
Nature's Hideaway Middle Lagoon is a low impact coastal camp offering stunning views over two beautiful Bays. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and native bush. It is located on the Dampier Peninsula, just two and a half hours drive north of Broome. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and native bush, Middle Lagoon is a pristine paradise with easy beach access, where you can fully enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the stunning scenery.
The main access road to the Dampier Peninsula from Broome is now fully sealed. However, the 33km road into Middle Lagoon is still restricted to 4WD access only. This road can be very sandy and corrugated in places and care is needed to navigate this, especially if you are towing. It is recommended to reduce your tyre pressures once you leave the bitumen. Book your stay at Middle Lagoon online
Southern Cross Cultural WalkEmbark on an inspirational journey with Bolo along the stunning coast of the Dampier Peninsula.
Find out more about Southern Cross Cultural Walk
Join Bardi / Jawi man Bolo Angus and his family on an inspirational journey through his traditional country on the Dampier Peninsula at Lullumb. Learn about Bardi Jawi culture and experience hunting and gathering techniques passed down through the generations. Bookings now available online!
Walk through mangroves, paperbark forests, salt plains, creeks and drink from a sacred freshwater spring.
Beagle Bay and the Sacred Heart ChurchHome to one of the most beautiful churches in Australia
Beagle Bay and the Sacred Heart Church
Beagle Bay is one of three Aboriginal communities on the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome and an interesting part of Western Australian history. A short 150 kilometre drive along the newly sealed road will deliver sights of the beautiful Beagle Bay Sacred Heart Church with its famous mother of pearl shell altar. This is one of the most beautiful churches in Australia.
Sacred Heart Church is open to visitors, please check with the visitor centre for any closure advice before you travel. We remind visitors to be respectful around church service days and times, and respect any community closure advice.
Mass services are held in the Church on Sunday mornings from 9am to 10am and visitors are expected to be respectful during these hours and refrain from photography until service has concluded. Donations can be made at the front entrance.
The Beagle Bay Store is open.
Hours are usually 8:30am to 4:30pm Mon to Fri, 8am to 11am Sat.
Note: These opening hours may change, so best to check before you travel.
Willie Creek Pearl FarmTake a boat ride on the azure waters to see the pearling operations
Located just 38kms north of Broome, join us and discover the journey of the Australian South Sea Pearl from shell to showroom amidst the magnificent Kimberley landscape.
Turn right off the Broome-Cape Leveque Road, at Manari Road, to visit Willie Creek Pearl Farm.
Ardyaloon Trochus Hatchery & Aquaculture CentreTake a guided cultural hatchery tour
One Arm Point (Ardyaloon) has the Ardyaloon Trochus Hatchery & Aquaculture Centre. Learn about the Bardi Jawis strong connection to their rich culture and saltwater traditions in one of the guided cultural hatchery tours. You can also purchase locally crafted products such as polished shells and jewellery.
Ardyaloon Hatchery is located in the Ardyaloon Community, at the tip of the Dampier Peninsula and approximately 220km from Broome on the Broome - Cape Leveque road. Please note the upgrades to the Hatchery Road, which provides access to the Trochus Hatchery at One Arm Point in the Ardyaloon Community, are now complete. The 1.8km section of road is now sealed providing all weather access to the hatchery.
Open 5 days per week (Tuesday to Saturday inclusive) with fish & turtle feeding tours at 10 am on each of those days.
Subject to demand, an additional tour may operate at 12 noon on these days. Bookings can be made by phoning 08 9192 4930 during office hours.
Entry passes are available at Ardiol Arts & Culture Centre, or if closed, direct from hatchery.
Entry passes are also available from Community office during normal business hours.
Entry costs for 2023 (note prices may change)
Children 6 to 16: $5
Under 6: Free
We will have an arts & culture centre operating this year and this is planned to be open mid March 2023.
No visitor accommodation is available at Ardyaloon.
Mercedes CoveEnjoy uninterrupted views of the ocean...
Experience Mercedes Cove with just your partner, or family and friends. With only minimal guests at one time you can be assured of that stress free escape. Activities include swimming, snorkelling, bird watching, land based whale watching between July and September, bush walking and fishing. No pets. Located approx 180 kilometres north of Broome. 4wd is required to access the property, there is 33kms of sandy/dirt road once you have turned off the Broome-Cape Leveque Rd. No day visits. Booked guests only are allowed on property with no camping or caravan sites available here.
Cygnet Bay Pearl FarmSee the Waterfall Reef or watch fascinating Riji pearl shell carving!
Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm is located 200km north of Broome on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula. Cygnet Bay is known as Borrgoron.
Join a Pearl Farm Tour for a true insight into this fascinating gem, and see a pearl harvested from the oyster! To explore the Kimberley Coast, our Giant Tides Sea Safaris and Kimberley Adventure Cruises offer exhilarating trips through the pristine waters and the world’s largest tropical tides.
Looking for accommodation and camping options at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm? Take a look here
Smithy's Seaside Adventures — EmbalgunSmithy’s Seaside Adventures is based on a small outstation 62km out of Beagle Bay Community
Experience Nyul Nyul country, at this stunning seaside community 60km from Beagle Bay on the Dampier Peninsula. Complete beachfront campsites operated by a local Aboriginal family. They have a selection of primitive and powered campsites with shower and toilet facilities. The property has over 200 meters of beachfront access right onto Pender Bay with excellent fishing and diving opportunities. Smithy’s Seaside Adventures is based on a small outstation 62km out of Beagle Bay Community, which is 128km out of Broome.
Terry Hunter - Borrgoron Cultural ToursDiscover Cygnet Bay with Terry Hunter, a 4th generation pearler and proud Bardi man.
Join Terry Hunter, take in the beautiful views of Cygnet Bay and book a Borrgoron Coast to Creek tour (2 hours) or the Borrgoron Culture & History Tour (1 hour). These tours are based from the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm and can be booked online.
GambananExperience one of the best kept secrets of the Dampier Peninsula…
Gumbanan | Gambanan Wilderness Retreat offers million dollar views of surrounding islands. Choose from safari tent style accommodation or camp grounds. Enjoy fishing, walks and more.
Gambanan is located just before One Arm Point community. Gambanan provides an excellent camping experience like non other, while visitors get to soak up the magnificent surrounding ocean and island views.
Plan AheadYou must call ahead or have a booking before visiting.
For more information on the Dampier Peninsula and your Ardi experience get in touch with the Broome Visitor Centre on 08 9195 2200 or explore the tour and accommodation options below.
There is NO FREE CAMPING anywhere on the Dampier Peninsula.
All communities and outstations are on private leases. You must call ahead or have a booking before visiting.
The Dampier Peninsula is a unique area of outstanding beauty, rich in history and culture and wilderness.
ARDI Traveller's GuideA helpful guide to the Dampier Peninsula region...
Did you know?
Over 30 per cent of all Australia’s islands are in the West Kimberley Coast. A dense chain runs from the tip of the Dampier Peninsula, starting with the Buccaneer Archipelago which is locally known as the Thousand Island Archipelago. The area has huge tidal ranges up to 12 metres. The Horizontal Falls (Aboriginal name Garaanngaddim) is probably the most iconic location in Talbot Bay, located in the region.
The newly created Lalang-garram/Horizontal Falls Marine Park is located north of Broome and Derby and south of the Lalang-garram/Camden Sound Marine Park. The park covers approximately 350,000 hectares from Talbot Bay in the west to Walcott Inlet and Glenelg River in the east. (Source: DPIRD)
To see the beauty of the Dampier Peninsula from the sky, we recommend a scenic flight departing Broome. We have lots to choose from. Some scenic flights from Broome have minimum quest requirements, so if you see something "on request" this means you can request to join the tour and we will call you to collect passenger weights and other details, and then confirm the departure with the operator. Give us a call for expert advice about scenic flights in Broome and the Dampier Peninsula on 08 9195 2200.
ARDI, Broome and Beyond!Want to know more?
Visit the Ardi, Broome and Beyond website for travel distances, fuel information and much more!