Stretching north from Broome, the red land of the Dampier Peninsula ends above deserted beaches, crystal clear waters and ragged cliffs. This part of the Kimberley region is vastly remote and home to many indigenous settlements. Access to Cape Leveque from Broome is by 4WD, along the largely unsealed 215km long sandy road, with nothing much out there other than wilderness.
I was invited along to this Cape Leveque camping trip, consisting largely of people I did not know, but that was totally fine. The Italians brought along eskis full to the brim with food and drink (of course!), and in the end there were about 4 cars of us. The shelter we had booked consisted of just bamboo, a bench and running water – pretty basic but nothing else was needed – we were going to spend the majority of the time outside and anyway the view completely stole the show. The bamboo shelter was used largely for hiding from the strong sunrays at midday and was a nice meeting place for lunch.
Time was spent lounging around on our private pristine beach, swimming in the calm, shallow waters where it was so clear you could open your eyes underwater, playing beach games, eating and drinking, snorkelling, beach walks and finally taking in the sensational sunset that transformed everything to a gorgeous crimson colour.
The day was finished off by an enormous barbeque around a campfire, plenty of wine and fun chats before sliding into my tent in the early morning to wake up again to paradise found.