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Dampier Peninsula - Cities, Towns and Localities
The Dampier Peninsula is the region you enter as you head north of Broome to Cape Leveque and One Arm Point at the tip. The peninsula region extends between Broome and Derby, north to Cape Leveque. The Dampier Peninsula offers the adventurous traveller spectacular coastline, tranquil communities and holiday retreats, white sandy beaches, swimming, snorkelling, fishing, or just relaxing.

The Dampier Peninsula is home to the Aboriginal people of the Jawi, Bardi, Nyulnyul, Jabirrjabirr, Nimanburru and Ngumbarl language groups. Entering the Dampier Peninsula means you will be entering Aboriginal land. It is an opportunity to share in the lifestyle of the Peninsula people and the special relationship they have between the land and the sea. Many of the accommodation and facilities provided for visitors support Aboriginal owned tourism and the communities that have embraced these enterprises. There are some unique opportunities for visitors to stay at certain Aboriginal communities and join the fishing or mud crabbing tours.

When you travel through the region, you are asked to respect the land, the culture and the privacy of the Peninsula people. You are asked to observe all no entry signs on private roads, this will minimise visitor impact on law grounds, burial sites and traditional fishing grounds. Always drive slowly when entering communities and no not wander uninvited into residential areas.

The route includes some 200 km of unsealed road, that includes sandy sections and corrugations. A 4WD vehicle is strongly recommended when travelling this route, as the road is not suitable for caravans. You should allow 3 1/2 hours for the drive from Broome to Cape Leveque, and check with the visitor centre, as during the summer wet season the road can be closed.

Drop into the Broome and Derby Visitor Centres for additional information and purchase a copy of the Dampier Peninsula Travellers Guide, well worth the small outlay.

You will need to book accommodation in advance (there is no free camping). Dogs are not allowed.

Check out our listing of Dampier Peninsula accommodation and Unique North accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Broome Tourist Bureau

Derby Visitor Centre

Kimberley Tourism Association

Dampier Peninsula Attractions

Beagle Bay
• via BROOME WA 6725 • Ph: +61 8 9192 4913
• The Beagle Bay Aboriginal community is located on the west coast of the Dampier Peninsula, about 120 km north of Broome. The community first started as a Catholic mission about 1890, but is the traditional home to the Nyul Nyul people. The site’s name was taken from the boat the ‘Beagle’ which was moored at the bay during a brief stay.

The community is well known for its Sacred Heart Church, with a mother-of-pearl shell altar which was built entirely by hand by the Pallotine monks and Aboriginal people. Work began on the church in 1914 and was finished in 1917.

Beagle Bay was previously used as a home for separated indigenous children. It is now administered by those same children. The monks run the church and school.


Middle Lagoon
• Take a stroll on the secluded beach at Middle Lagoon, take a swim and snorkel in the clear water filled with marine life.
Sacred Heart Church
• This wonderfully beautiful church, with it’s pearl shell altar was built by the Pallottine monks and the Aboriginal people of Beagle Bay in 1917. For some history on the church, click here.
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Dampier Peninsula Distance

Distance to Dampier Peninsula
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Dampier Peninsula:
  Km
• Broome 158
• Derby 354
• Fitzroy Crossing 534
  Km
• Karratha 970
• Perth 2,364
• Port Hedland 750
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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