Broome and Cape Leveque

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Hi- my husband and I are travelling around Australia with our caravan and will be in Broome in early-mid September for a week. My Dad is flying across to meet us there. I have read a lot of websites on the area, but would like to hear first hand any "must-dos" (or any must NOT dos) in the region. We've also decided to drive up to Cape Leveque for a couple of nights (after reading good responses on this forum) and plan seeing some of the other gorges on the drive in from Fitzroy Crossing.

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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 18:39

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 18:39
Emma, I haven't been there yet, but we leave in under 4 weeks on a trip that includes this area. From my research (a fair bit of it on this site):

Don't expect to take the caravan to Cape Leveque. You will need to tent it, but still worth the trip.

If you have the time, also make a stop at Middle Lagoon, between Broome and Cape Leveque.

If the budget and time permit, do a flight over the horizontal waterfalls. They are available from a number of places including Broome and Derby. At a cost, they can include lots of other areas you might otherwise not get to.

There is masses do do in the area. We will be in the Kimberley for about 8 weeks from early June
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul P (Bris) - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 18:57

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 18:57
Yes I do recommend Middle Lagoon. No van either although it can be done. The fellow I overtook took 2 days to get from Broome to Middle Lagoon.

The road is not gentle on vehciles so be warned. But well worth a drive and a couple of days at least.

Regards

Paul
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Reply By: hopscotch - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 18:48

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 18:48
Don't just fly over the Horizontal waterfall. We took the flight out of Derby (same one as operates out of Broome) on the Cessna Caravan Seaplane. Land in the sound. Boat through the falls depending on the tides and generally a damn good value for money.
Out of Derby you get more time on the sound.

Kevin J
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Reply By: hazo - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 19:01

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 19:01
Emma
You should have no problems with caravan parks at that time as most of the retirees start to head off back south by then.
Saturday mornings they have the courthouse markets,usually theres a local band entertaining (we saw the Pigrim brothers several times) and also the staircase to the moon markets are ok.
We found diesel fuel to be cheaper straight from the BP terminal near the jetty as they have a direct sale pump there. Fishing is also very good but local knolwege is very handy so ask where and when.Cape Leveque is a wonderfull area but the road in can be a nightmare!You can take vans in to just North of Willy creek and free camp there, but the road in put me off!
Crab creek and the bird observatory is also a good side trip but again the road in can be a bit rough!We stayed at Broome c/park about 5klms from town,plenty of room and nice and shady and green.Also had a couple of weeks at the Cable beach c/p but a bit regimented! walking distance to the beach but again about 5klms from town.
Barn hill and 80 mile beach are other good places to stay on way down the coast too.
Hope this helps.
Brian
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Reply By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 19:13

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 19:13
Horizontal waterfalls ex Derby is the go . Includes about 1 1/2 hours of fishing , whereas trip from Broome (more expensive too) is longer in the air.
Saturday morning markets in town is worth the visit.

Action supermarket on the way to Cable Beach was good value.
Buy petrol from the Toyota Workshop , where discount is 5% (not 5 cents) off price

If you want a relaxing time spend a week or so at Barn Hill Station . It is about 130 kms south of Broome, and figured on 60 minutes last year. At that time of year make sure you are under a tree.

Nothing there but friendly people a couple of bowling rinks (is that the word) and good fishing .They have a sunday roast night where all join in and cost for 3 course meal was $12 last year.

On the Must Not Do list would be buy Fried Rice at Broome ; it cost us $23.80 (twenty three dollars 80cents) for a plate, and i'm not game to mention this to our local chinese restaurant where they charge $7 , just in case they up the ante.
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Pedro

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Reply By: Warrie - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 20:53

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 20:53
We were all tired of dirt after doing the GRR so instead of another 400km return of numbing corrugations we just did 40 up the coast to Quandong. The Broome tourist info centre will give you a mud map. Also, go into PLACES and search for the following: Gantheaume Point, Riddell Beach, Cable Beach, Entrance Point and all places within 5km (shown on each site) and enjoy the pix of these Broome attractions. Gorges to look at include Manning, Bells, Adcock, Barnett River,Lenard, Geike and then you can see how rough the GRR is too!!! Cheers, Warrie
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Follow Up By: richopesto - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 21:42

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 21:42
Same here. 20k's up the Leveque track and we changed our minds! Twice jsut wasn't worth it, for the car and us!

We flew to it (Cape Leveque) first from Derby a few days earlier and there were a few heavy duty caravans in the relatively small campground/caravan park.
Its beautiful, but unless your a mad keen fisherman Im not sure theres so much to do there......
still worth a look.

cheers
richpesto
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Reply By: Member - Pud & Barb R (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 23:52

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 23:52
Hi Emma Claire,
We must have missed something at Cape Leveque when up there 5 years ago. We picked up a local guy who was walking home from Broome to his place which was along the Leveque track. I'm sorry I can't remember the name of the place.It's late. Anyway, I sat in the back with the girls and he had very limited english so hubby couldn't understand him so well. The little township was gorgeuos. We dropped him off, said our goodbyes and went on up the road. Ah, hindsight. It wasn't until later we realised he was offering to take us crab catching! If only we had realised.
The tourist info has mud crab catching tours to his little township and we read other travellers reports, one that sticks in my mind was from a lady who has travelled extensively around the world reckoned that the beach there was the very best she had ever seen. If we had that time again we'd skip Cape Leveque and go on one of those tours and stay in the township with the locals. So very friendly. Ganthume Point, that house is my dream home. Perfect location. Footprints tricky to find but there is a cast so you can see if the tide is in.
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Follow Up By: russ36 - Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 06:16

Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 06:16
i lived in broome 4 a few yrs and have heard many say that cable beach is the best in the world. i have also driven up to cape leveque . a long time ago so cant comment on the scenery but i do remember how horrible the road was
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Reply By: Troopy Travellers (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 08:34

Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 08:34
If you go to Derby go down to the wharf and watch all the locals catch mud crabs! Sparky
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Reply By: Emma Claire - Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 09:49

Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 09:49
Thanks so much everyone for all the helpful information!
I've also heard many others recommend Barn Hill south of Broome, so will definately stop in there on our way down the coast.
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Follow Up By: Emma Claire - Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 09:55

Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 09:55
oh- and how long does it take to drive from Derby to Broome?
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