On Wednesday the 23rd of May we headed to Cape Leveque. We made pretty good time in the morning as we had to get all final bits and pieces into the car and say goodbye to the van for a couple of nights (something we hadn’t done since Warragul in Victoria). We were on the road up to Cape Leveque by 10:30am. The road up the Dampier Peninsula to Cape Leveque is about 200Km long. The first 100Km is a sandy dirt road that has lots of corrugations and uneven surfaces. We locked our hubs and drove in 4WD along this section of the road, but we still travelled at about 70Kmph (except when we were approaching oncoming traffic) so it wasn’t too bad. However there was evidence that other cars didn’t fair so well with bits of muffler, shattered windscreens and the odd burnt out car along the side of the road. The final 100Km is a good sealed road. We stayed at a place called Kooljaman, which has a 5Km driveway with quite deep sand on the dirt road which was a bit of fun to drive on.
|The Dirt road up to Cape Leveque was a bit sandy and bumpy most of the way|
|Walking over to the east side of the cape|
|Eastern Beach - Cape Leveque|
|Our setup for the 2 nights we were there|
We had finished breakfast by 7:10am on Thursday morning, so decided to go for a walk over to the Western Beach, however the wind was too strong and blew dust into our eyes and whipped sand into our legs so we abandoned the walk and jumped into the car to go for a little drive instead.
We wanted to visit a couple of other sites along the peninsula and so we drove to the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm to have a look. We saw the Leonards again, and had a look through the Gallery as well as a walk to the lookout behind the farm.
|Looking out from Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm|
After the Pearl farm, we went to the Ardiyooloon community (at One Arm Point) to visit the Trochus hatchery (Trochus is a sea snail that lives in a large pointed shell which is very shiny when it is polished). The hatchery didn’t only have Trochus, but had large tanks with all sorts of sea creatures in them. We had a brief tour and got to look at (and touch) many of the creatures in the tanks.
|The large tanks at the Trochus hatchery|
|Natalie, Jack and Sam patting a flat backed turtle|
|The tour of the hatchery|
|A couple of the beach huts on Middle Beach at the Ardiyooloon community|
That afternoon, back at the campsite, we went for a longer walk along the Eastern Beach of Cape Leveque. We played hide and seek in the rocks for a while and had a good walk along the beach. When we got back to the tent our kids met the neighbours kids (who were also travelling) and spent quite a lot of time hanging out in the tree between our two camps and playing together.
|We went for a nice long walk along the beach|
|Mike's Birthday started early in the tent with some presents|
|The church at Beagle Bay|
|The inside of the church - decorated with Pearl Shells, Pearl Shells and more Pearl Shells|
|A pair of Brolgas browsing the grasses near Willie Creek Pearl Farm|
|Willie Creek Pearl Farm Shopfront|
|Lucky this one wasn't real!|
|The kids listening to the tour guide explain about Pearl Farming|
|Mike pulling the 2 pearls out of the oyster|
|The two Keshi pearls that Mike got to pull out from the Oyster|
|Hopping on the boat to head out to the pearl farm|
|Josh inspecting the line of Buoys that have baskets of oysters hanging under them|
|A windy fish and chips dinner at Broome's Town Beach|
|Mike's Birthday cake in Broome|
We had a great time at Cape Leveque, and it is well worth a visit if you are in Broome.