Five Kimberley Treasures Just a Short Trip from Broome
Broome is the perfect base for your Kimberley adventure, and a trip up the Dampier Peninsula is the best way to start exploring. Its hidden gems are all within a day’s drive from town. Lorna Hendry has travelled the Kimberley with her family and knows some of the best sites to visit.
Travelling on the Dampier Peninsula isn’t difficult – only the first 100km of the Broome–Cape Leveque Road is unsealed. It’s regularly maintained and easily handled in a 4WD which you can hire in Broome. We found a driving tour from Broome was a great way to discover the full spectrum of the Dampier Peninsula’s landscape, people and history.
The first thing we noticed when we arrived was the picture-perfect Kimberley scenery. Red cliffs loomed over the pristine white sand, all set off by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. There are no facilities here, so bring your own picnic and drinking water, and spend a peaceful day swimming and relaxing. Just like the locals do.
Don’t forget to stop in at the reception office when you arrive to pick up your day pass and a map. We went on a very successful mud crabbing tour and were also taken kayaking to the nearby reef where we pried oysters from the rocks and ate them on the spot. You can also join a 4WD tour to see the ancient footprints and learn more about the history of the area. The tours are very popular, so it’s best to book in advance.
If you’re in the mood for a swim, let your tyres down a bit and follow the signposted track over the sand dunes to one of the best beaches on the peninsula. If it’s not completely deserted, just drive a bit further along the seven km of pure white sand to find your own private spot. If you feel like exploring in Lombadina you can check out the art and craft centre and visit the historic timber church. Then stop at the store for a loaf of freshly baked bread, and sit outside for a chat with the locals.
If you’re just dropping in, you can go on a one-hour tour of the farm and admire the beautiful locally designed jewellery in the showroom. If you have time to linger, try out one of the land and sea-based tours on offer to see even more of the area. After all that activity you’ll probably be starving, and luckily the farm’s Shell restaurant is on hand to serve up some fantastic food.
Proudly owned by the local Aboriginal communities, Kooljaman has a range of cultural tours led by traditional owners.
If you can’t shake the desire to watch the sun set into the ocean at one of these incredible locations, there’s no need to rush back to Broome. Lombadina, Cygnet Bay and Kooljaman all offer accommodation.