Cape Leveque is a beautiful hidden pocket of the Kimberley, located on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula. The rugged beauty of the West Australian coast around Cape Leveque is quite unlike anything see elsewhere in Australia, bordering on desolate yet with an undeniable rugged charm. It is one of the only places in Australia where the desert meets the sea.
You have to endure the 200 odd kilometres along an unsealed, corrugated, bumpy old track from Broome to get there, but it is worth every bump and jolt. Red-brick coloured, jagged rock formations dot the coastline, orange sand dunes, pure white beaches and more shades of blue water than you ever imagined possible. Cape Leveque is a true visual feast.
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.
Cape Leveque was named on 6th August 1801 by French explorer Nicolas Baudin. The name recalls Pierre Leveque (1746-1814), the hydrographer of Baudin's survey vessel 'Geographe', who drew the expedition's charts.
William Dampier's description from the Cygnet off Cape Leveque 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 o the islands in the bay ... The soil is dry and sandy, destitute of water, except you make wells, yet producing divers sorts of trees."
Cape Leveque Light
The 13-metre 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. The lighthouse marks the western entrance of King Sound.