Comment: Cape Leveque

We are contemplating a trip to Cape Leveque, possibly July this year. My social director is keen to swim and enjoy the water, is it safe or are stingers and crocks there to keep us out of the water?
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 17:09

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 17:09
Stingers are a summer risk. Should be no problem in July.

If by Cape Leveque, you mean the Kooljaman resort, the locals will tell you that there are no crocs, but they certainly live nearby and would no doubt visit from time to time.

A bit like Cable Beach. Bad for business to have crocs there and I met a copper who had shot 4 on the beach personally.

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Reply By: Member - Megan and Kevin D (AC - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 18:15

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 18:15
Hi Hugh
We swam there in the gloriously warm water every day for a week a few years back. Saw nothing to frighten us!
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Follow Up By: Hugh D (WA) - Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 18:09

Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 18:09
Megan and Kevin,
Thanks for the reply and the mouth watering pics. Just got to go.
Hugh.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 18:34

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 18:34
In 1995 Margaret and I snorkelled out about 300m along the reef near the boat launch area.
We came face to face at very close range with a very large Tiger Shark that simply looked at us for a long time and then slipped quietly away.

It is a great area.
Note that they will not accept caravans.

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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 11:14

Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 11:14
Fine for camper vans though....and a fantastic location. No problem swimming in the area in the southern winter months, subject to the usual sensible precautions. Enjoy!!
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 19:27

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 19:27
If going up that way, consider staying a few days at Gnylmarrung. Run by wonderful people who really looked after us when we got locked in by unseasonal torrential rain and flooding two years ago. Sensational fishing and a magnificent reef to explore at low tide.
The Gnylmarrung reef at sunset

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Follow Up By: Hugh D (WA) - Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 18:10

Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 18:10
Boy what a wonderful piece of our country, yes will consider the stop over.
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Reply By: Member - tommo05 - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 20:42

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 20:42
Spent our honeymoon there and swam every day. As Peter says, no stingers in July and while you couldn't categorically say no crocs, you would be (un)lucky to see one. Enjoy!

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Reply By: Member - i'machocoholic - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 21:37

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 21:37
I can't recommend the Dampier Peninsula highly enough. There are so many places to visit and the swimming is great. So many hidden gems! Yes there have been crocs sighted from time to time, so be croc wise. Allow yourself time up there and don't rush. Van access is restricted in some spots if you've got one.
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Reply By: Member - DereelGirl - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 23:31

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 23:31
Spent some time there in 2011 with an Xtrail and camper trailer (Not an off road one) and the only problem I had going in was the last speed hump, the trailer bottomed out. Swam on the eastern side and had a trip out fishing. Fantastic place. Book now though.
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Reply By: Ron N - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 00:24

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 00:24
No-one will be going into Cape Leveque any time soon. They have just recorded a record downpour of over 400mm for the 24 hrs up to 9:00AM this morning.
They don't know exactly how much they got, because the rain gauge only holds 400mm, and it overflowed!
The place has obviously suffered from some erosion damage - and the road in, is impassable for an unknown period.
Here's trusting it will all be back to normal soon!

Cape Leveque receives record rainfall - Jan 2015

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Reply By: Member - Burra - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 13:53

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 13:53
Absolutely safe, great for swimming. Not stingers when we were there the water is too clear for Crocs. Also stop by Middle Lagoon, might need to book these days but another fantastic beach and family that run the place.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 20:04

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 20:04
Not far from there.
Many people swim.
White sandy beach, clear water, every day this guy patrolled.







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Reply By: bks - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 22:23

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 22:23
I would not worry about crocs, the water is so clear you could see them a 100 yards away. Best spot in Australia we have ever camped at. we swam every day and felt very safe. Also at low tide the water is quite shallow.

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