|KOOLJAMAN at Cape Leveque, Dampier Peninsula, WA|
|Tented and Cabin Accommodation|
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|How Kooljaman began ...|
|Kooljaman is the Bardi
Aboriginal name for Cape Leveque. In 1986 the government run
lighthouse was automated and the land was purchased by the Aboriginal
Development Commission for the benefit of Aboriginal people. The
Bardi people then chose to develop the area into a tourist complex,
linking up traditional ways with the fast encroaching 21st century.
The emphasis has been to develop a low key, low impact project that can be controlled by local people and of a size and extent that minimises the impact on the environment. A place where Aboriginal people can link in with the operation of a tourism venture, where visitors are able to experience the beauty of the local area and participate in the unique experiences and activities available.
The communities of Djarindjin and One Arm Point own Kooljaman. The future aim is for the complex to be wholly Aboriginal run and provide employment opportunities for community members. Currently the complex is managed by non-Aboriginal staff, under the guidance of a board of directors.
Aboriginal people may have come to this area between 5000-7000 years ago. The local inhabitants, the Bardi, are people of the sea. Turtle, dugong and fish make up a large part of their diet.
|Getting to Kooljaman ...|
Kooljaman is located 220kms north of Broome on the Dampier Peninsula.
Access is either by air or by 4WD. The drive from Broome takes approximately
3 hours, on a fairly rough road. International visitors, on
a time budget, normally fly. Flights by small plane operate
April - early November (Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun).
|The Accommodation at Kooljaman ...|
|Kooljaman has developed
accommodation and activities to suit a range of budgets. Safari
style canvas tents are erected on Jarrah decking and offer magnificent
views of the bay. Additionally there are paperbark and bush
pole cabins with en suite facilities. (Note, that there are also some
log cabins with shared facilities as well as some camping at Kooljaman,
mainly used by Australian families).
A superior grade of accommodation, they are fully furnished and have a balcony with outdoor furniture, BBQ, fan for cooling, cooking utensils, plates, cups etc and a fridge.
All have private en suite with hot water and panoramic ocean views. Various bedding configurations are available with the capacity for up to 4 people in some tents. All linen is provided, but bring a beach towel.
Dining is only a short walk down the hill to Dinkas Cafe.
Alternatively you can cook on your own BBQ or have meals delivered by the 'Bush Butler' service.
Each safari tent is positioned to provide privacy.
|Dinkas Restaurant at Kooljaman ...|
|Operates April - mid October providing takeaway style
lunches such as salad rolls, hamburger and fish and chips. Counter style
dining (ie pub bar style) is available of an evening and includes meals
such as steak, fish and lasagne. Takeaway fish and chips are also
available in the evening. BBQ meals can also be provided to
guest accommodation. Breakfast is not catered for at the
restaurant facility, but for guests staying in bedded accommodation,
continental or full breakfasts can be provided.
During the low season the restaurant is closed. Meals can be provided during this time (self cater) as long as prior notice is given. Please note that food items available can be limited due to road closures and limited stock held.
|Other Facilities at Kooljaman ...|
|There is a small store, which has basic items available, such as barbecue
packs, frozen bread, UHT milk, ice, bait and some canned goods. No fresh produce is available for sale.
Fuel cards are usually available from the Kooljaman office. These can be used to access fuel (24hrs) from the pumps located at One Arm Point and Djarindjin Communities.
Alcohol is not available for sale but you are more than welcome to bring your own with you.
|Activities at Kooljaman ...|
|Tours: There is
a pool of local Aboriginal people who offer different tour
options on varying days. These are not structured.
Boat Tours (Sunday Island Boat Charter): A full day charter that includes fishing, swimming, reef walking, exploring the old mission ruins and experiencing the area with of the local aboriginal people. The itinerary varies daily dependent on the tidal movements.
Dingy Hire: It is possible to hire a dinghy and fish the waters around Cape Leveque. The dinghies are 4.3metres with a 25hp outboard motor, licensed to carry 4 passengers. The hirer must be 18 or over and have a driving license.
Whales: Mid July - October there is plenty of whale activity just off shore with the humpback whales making a southward journey, having recently calved approximately 200kms north of Cape Leveque. It is not necessary to take a boat to view this activity, with or without binoculars it is a worthy spectacle.
Swimming: People swim all year round and to date there have not been any problems with crocodiles or stingers in and around the swimming beach of Kooljaman. The beaches are white sand and clear water with negligible surf.
Equipment Hire: Snorkeling and fishing equipment are available for hire.
Fishing: The best fishing months are May - October.
Scenic Flights: Are available most days over the Buccaneer Archipelago.
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