The track north from Broome was the sandiest so far. We gripped the wheel and paid close attention to where the road seemed the most secure. Although many people had recommended Cape Leveque as a lovely destination, I’m not sure that we really knew what we were about to experience as we slid Jake up Cape Leveque Road.
On the way up, we stopped for lunch at Beagle Bay, an Aboriginal settlement, to see the famous Sacred Heart Church built by the Pallotine Order in the early 1900’s for the Beagle Bay Mission. It was breathtaking. The interior was small and intimate, yet decorated with the most beautiful shells, cowries, mother of pearl and others.
At Cape Leveque, we were directed onto the far side of the cape, to the thatched beach shelters, where we set up Jake, declared school holidays and embraced the sea air.
Each morning we woke shortly after sunrise to the gentle roar of the waves on the sand. On the first morning, BloggiE & axo1000 had us in the water by 7.15! We swam for 4 hours with only a handful of others until the tide stretched out way beyond the rocks.
We spent low tide snorkelling on the Northern beach, just around the point. From above, a submerged rocky outcrop – from below, angelfish, clownfish, rockcods, small stingrays, coral.
Back on dry sand, the children and their new mates explored the exposed caves, where they quickly created a secret base with a password and banned the adults!
At Cape Leveque, it was also time to dust off those little used fishing rods.
We loved it so much, we decided to extend. Twice. It gave us time to do things more than once, and spend our time on some other pursuits as well.
When finally it was time to leave, we had already begun planning our return journey and all the associated logistics. Everyone agreed with axo1000 when he said “This is the best place in Australia!”