And we are off on the road to Cape Leveque! Via the Broome markets to get a smoothie. And Woolies to get prawns. And the bottle shop for beer. All the necessities. The road out there was definitely not 2WD friendly – rough, corrugated, and very very sandy.
Jack did another excellent job behind the wheel and we eventually made it to our first stop up along the peninsula – Beagle Bay, to see the kitschy but impressive church that has been decked out in decorations using mother of pearl shell. Also, they were using unripe mangoes as paperweights for their brochures, which Smash and I found insulting. How dare you have so many damn mangoes that you use them like we would rocks. Cruel. Anyhow, we continued on the bumpy track up to the top of the Cape, where we stopped at Kooljaman resort to have a look around.
They charge a fee for wandering around the area as it’s privately run by a group working with the community there so we paid our day use fee, went for a walk, fell in love and Jack ran back to the front desk to upgrade us to overnighters in one of their beach shacks behind the dunes.
We walked all the way around the headland from the western beach, past the indescribably beautiful and surreal red cliffs that I swear have not been Photoshopped, past the island and arrived at the beach with the dunes and camping shacks behind them.
After a beautifully tropical swim we set up our gear at one of the huts and sat enjoying the view for a little before driving back over to the western beach again to watch the sunset and stand dumbstruck at the beauty of the cliffs in the last light of the day. Absolutely surreal and I would say that the photos don’t do it justice but they actually sort of do, just on a much smaller scale.
The colours continued to change as the huge, orange, slightly squashed circle of the sun dipped below the horizon and we stood watching for a long while until the light started fading and we drove back up the hill and around to our camp again. We got busy getting a fire started to cook up our huge bag of banana prawns for dinner and chatted around the campfire, watched the huge amount of stars appear in the sky (so bright without a moon to dull them!) and fell asleep.