In all my travels around this large State, the most enjoyable drives have been on this track. Off the highway, north of Broome in the north of Western Australia is Cape Leveque Road, some 90 kms of bone crunching, corrugated, unsealed road. It is impassable in the ‘wet’ season when it floods. The remote communities in this region have to stock up or have supplies brought in by sea or small aircraft. Most of the drive is silent because of the violent jolting. Wear white, at your peril!
There are a surprising number of feral cats in this area unfortunately. At night, their eyes glow in the dark roadside. I’m sure they must be a nuisance to native animals. I’ve also seen wild donkeys and wild horses known as brumbies in the region. This is not a road for novice drivers.
There is a pearl farm in the region at Cygnet Bay, family owned for over 70 years. It’s a lovely place to stay and visit. The pearls are beautiful as they are pricey. One can also stay at Kooljaman, not far from Cygnet Bay. Be warned, the area is ‘rustic’. Our room did not even have a lock!
There are other areas of interests for tourists here but the journey deters them. Unfortunately, there are plans to seal this road to increase tourism. I’m in the camp that views this with disappointment and with a degree of selfishness. The impact of tourism in this region is a concern, but on the other hand, it gives the communities something positive.
The rough track was the best part of the journey. I’ve learned to see life that way too.
Until next time
a dawn bird
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