Dampier Peninsula

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Cape Leveque at sunset

The Dampier Peninsula is a peninsula located north of Broome and Roebuck Bay in Western Australia. It is surrounded by the Indian Ocean to the west and north, and King Sound to the east. It is named after the mariner and explorer William Dampier who visited it. The northernmost part of the peninsula is Cape Leveque. It is sparsely inhabited, mostly by Indigenous Australian peoples, some of whom have been granted native title rights to some of thir traditional lands.

Aboriginal heritage[edit]

Map of the traditional lands of Australian Aboriginal tribes around the Dampier Peninsula.[1]

The peninsula is home to a rich heritage of Aboriginal culture, with the communities of Beagle Bay, Bobieding, Djarindjin, Ardyaloon (One Arm Point) and Ngardalargin, along with numerous other smaller communities, pearling camps, tourist resorts and outstations.

The traditional owners of the areas around the peninsula are the Bardi, Nyunyul and Jabirr Jabirr (Djaberadjabera) peoples.[2]

Ecology[edit]

Many small trees, shrubs and animals live on and in the sea surrounding the peninsula, the most characteristic vegetation being pindan woodland.

Transport[edit]

The peninsula is traversed from south to north by the Cape Leveque Road.

By road: The Cape Leveque road from Broome to Beagle Bay is generally of poor condition and often closed during the wet season. Four-wheel drive is recommended. It is bitumened from Beagle Bay to the northern towns. There are numerous tour operators running bus services on the peninsula.

By Air: There are air strips at Cape Leveque, Bardi, Djarindjin (Lombadina), Beagle Bay and some of the smaller communities and pearl farms.

Tourism[edit]

There are several tourist accommodation facilities such as Kooljamon (Cape Leveque) and Middle Lagoon (Middle Lagoon).

References[edit]

  1. ^ This map is indicative only.
  2. ^ "Ausanthrop - Australian Aboriginal tribal database". 2012. Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2012.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 17°13′S 122°49′E / 17.21°S 122.81°E / -17.21; 122.81