The lavish beauty of its coast coupled with its proximity to ever-fascinating Broome makes Western Australia’s Dampier Peninsula a destination that offers the best of both worlds.
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An hour’s drive north of Broome, the Dampier Peninsula’s pristine coastline of red cliffs, Pindan woodlands and white sandy beaches has long lured anglers, campers and solitude seekers. Rich in Indigenous history and culture, The Peninsula offers little to no facilities, but is plentiful when it comes to wilderness and beautiful coastlines.
The Dampier Peninsula is practically synonymous with relaxation, as the region’s coastal lifestyle offers countless opportunities for you to shake off the stresses of the city. Enjoy swimming or snorkelling in beautiful, clear waters, go mud crabbing with a local Indigenous guide, head out for a scenic bush walk, or hire a dinghy for a fruitful day of fishing.
Located on the southern edge of a nature reserve is Coulomb Point. There’s access to the beach here and, at low tide, the lagoon off Coulomb Point is an unusually calm snorkelling site, teeming with juvenile turtles, fish, octopus, small spotted rays, and colourful bombies that harbour a myriad of soft coral species.
Exploring this magnificent location and climbing into the dunes that shelter sacred indigenous gravesites is a highlight for the area. It was recently on the chopping block as proposals were put forth to turn the area into one of Australia’s biggest gas plants, however all such plans have thankfully been cancelled. Be sure to have a gander at the largest known dinosaur footprint in the world while you’re there.
Avid anglers will relish Willie Creek and its rich fishing waters. The fishing along the coast varies with the seasons, but as long as you’re flexible about the type of fish you plan to catch, you’re almost guaranteed success the whole year round.
The northernmost point of the Dampier Peninsula is Cape Leveque. While remote and lacking in facilities, the cape offers beautiful sandy beaches, a century old lighthouse, and a multitude of wild turtles and sea birds.
Back in Broome, you’ll find the world famous Cable Beach. This 22km stretch of white sand and turquoise water is popular for its beach side bars, spectacular sunsets, camel rides and beautiful waters just perfect for swimming.
Located in northern Western Australia, the Dampier Peninsula is 170km north east from Broome.
The drive from Broome isn’t exactly a long one, but due to the unsealed roads throughout the Peninsula, a 4WD is highly recommended.
Broome is at its best from May to September when monsoonal skies clear, the humidity abates and mild temperatures range from 15˚C to 31˚C.
Free camps can be found at Willie Creek, Barred Creek, Quondong and James Price Point. For more accommodation options in and around the Dampier Peninsula, click here.
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