Cape Leveque

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Cape Leveque
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Cape Leveque lighthouse
Location The northern edge of the Dampier Peninsula
Coordinates 16°23′42″S 122°55′42″E / 16.3949°S 122.9283°E / -16.3949; 122.9283
Year first constructed 1912
Year first lit 1912
Construction Steel (?)
Tower shape Conical
Markings / pattern White
Height 13 m
Focal height 43 m
Characteristic Fl. (3) 20 s
Admiralty number K1650
NGA number 9452
ARLHS number AUS-036
Cape Leveque (western side)

Cape Leveque is the northernmost tip of the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Cape Leveque is 240 kilometres (150 mi) (via the Cape Leveque Road) north of Broome, and is remote with few facilities. Nevertheless, the Cape's sandy beaches are attracting an increasing number of visitors.

A 13-metre (43 ft)-tall lighthouse was erected at Cape Leveque in 1912. Its light characteristic is a group of three flashes that occurs every twenty seconds whereby the light source emits from a focal plane of 43 metres (141 ft).[1] The lighthouse marks the western entrance of King Sound.

Cape Leveque was a camping ground for ancient nomadic people of Northern Australia and probably is still being used today. Their huge middens over shadow the small caravan park resting on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Wild turtle and a multitude of sea birds nest on the shores and collect sea food off the exposed rocks at low tide along the shore down the coast to Broome in the Southern part of the peninsula. Whales come to give birth in the area and rest and play among the sheltered islands off the Dampier Peninsula.

The traditional owners of the area are the Bardi peoples.[2]

William Dampier's description from the Cygnet off Cape Lévêque on 5 January 1688: "This part is all a low, even land with sandy banks against the sea … the points rocky and so are some of the islands in the bay… The soil is dry and sandy, destitute of water, except you make wells, yet producing divers sorts of trees."[3]

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Coordinates: 16°23′28″S 122°55′37″E / 16.391°S 122.927°E / -16.391; 122.927