Cape Leveque

Hi, I have seen a few threads from last year and wondering how people went

I am planning to be up that way with landcruiser 200 and off road caravan (3.5T)

Just don't know whether to attempt the van up there

I do have a roof top tent as well so can use that.

we are booked in a broome caravan park 10-20 june and was doing cape Leveque after that and then grr

any thoughts and would love to hear how folks went last year

thanks
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 16:21

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 16:21
Rustynails, if you intended doing the Gibb River Road towing your van, then I don't see why you shouldn't tow it to Cape Leveque too. I am sure someone who drove it last season will comment on this for you, but its not the track that it is the issue but driving confidence. You'll love it! TIP: book a charter flight from there to Talbot Bay and go see the Horizontal Waterfalls, it is truly unique and worth the expense (as is everything extra in the Kimberley, it is actually not best viewed by 4WD (IMO), take as many aerial and boating trips as you can afford).
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Follow Up By: Rustynails59 - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 16:44

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 16:44
thanks michelle

yes we were going to do horizontal falls from broome- not cheap- about 750 per person, but everyone says got to do it
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 17:02

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 17:02
we did the flight from Broome too, but it stopped at Cape Leveque for an 1.5 hr visit, so check that out and see if you can hop on from CL and get a cheaper airfare?
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 18:11

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 18:11
Cheaper from Derby than Broome.

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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 16:32

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 16:32
Assuming the weather is kind, you won't have any problem on the main road in. With a van of your size/weight you will probably be limited with regards accessing some of the more remote but better camping spots.

Around the same time last year the road in had its share of corrugated sections, but not over the top.

Given you need a popular camping area, I would suggest you try to book ahead as they tend to fill up fairly quickly.

We were lucky to get into one of the smaller camping areas (Bully's Camp - heading north you turn right immediately past the airstrip and head east.

A great spot but you could have a spot of bother getting in .... take a squiz :o))




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Follow Up By: Rustynails59 - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 16:45

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 16:45
great pic- bit scary with a 23 foot van though and soft undersurface
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 17:01

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 17:01
wow, never seen it like that!
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 17:21

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 17:21
Yep .. I'd give Bully's a miss with the van in tow.

Michelle .. just the one wet spot towards the camp end along the tidal area. The rest was fine apart from some loose sand patches.

As for the photo, I think it went viral on the Conqueror Facebook page.

As did this one along the Tanami ........



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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 17:24

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 17:24
hehee! You're just trying to scare everyone off, I know what you're up to ;)
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 17:27

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 17:27
Who ............... me ... ? ;o))
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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 17:48

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 17:48
We spent three nights in Broome mainly for the Stairway to the Moon. Then out to Quondong Point for two weeks. That was in August and buy all accounts the road to the Cape was ok for vans.

The Gibb in early August was fine as well.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 18:17

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 18:17
Note this......
http://www.kooljaman.com.au/assets/accommodation.html
"We accept tents, camper trailers and small campervans. No caravans."

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Follow Up By: Rustynails59 - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 20:43

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 20:43
Thanks, middle lagoon does take them though
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Reply By: Gary.L - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 01:45

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 01:45
I'm at Kooljaman at the moment. You can definitely get you caravan up here, whether you want to or not is another decision.

The dirt section of the road is quite corrugated, especially in June/July and in my opinion much worse that the Gibb River, unless your travelling to Kalumburu or Mitchell Plateau.

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Reply By: wato35 - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 08:41

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 08:41
The time we went up to cape Leveque it was the worst road we encountered in our trip around Aust. Stayed 3 nights and I was not looking forward to the trip back. But the road had been graded while we were there and it was like a highway (not really, but heaps better). Took us about 4.5 hours to get up there and about 2.5 to get back.
Just the luck of when it gets graded.
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Reply By: trickytoo - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 16:25

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 16:25
I am not sure if Cape Leveque allows caravans, only camper trailers. The times that I have been there they didn't allow them, so unless their policy has changed, check with them first.
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