Barred Creek and Coconut Wells
Did some four wheel drive exploring this weekend with another adventurous friend. We drove up the Cape Leveque Road a short distance (sealed) and turned left heading for Barred Creek, a well-known fishing spot and great camping area.
Barred Creek is in between Willie Creek and Quandong, about 40 mins north of Broome.
The surrounding scrubby type vegetation is subject to fire risks and in the wet season, often impassable due to the road being submerged by waters.
Just before the beach there is a huge area of white, white sand that is amazing.
Then, when you arrive at the actual edge of the beach, erosion has unfortunately eaten into the ‘walls’ and created a bit of a drop down to the sand.
You can see how the boulders and stones beneath the ‘wall’ make it a little tricky for those of a certain age to clamber down to explore the beach area!
Heading on back towards Broome is Coconut Wells, a popular haunt for keen fishermen, women, children etc. where you drive along the beach to the start of the reef. On high tide anglers can catch Trevally, Queenfish, Tuskfish, Bream and Whiting. At low tide you can see an exposed rocky ridge as above, with what I thought were the most interesting, although very sharp rock formations. I certainly wouldn’t want to land on my butt on these rocks for sure!
There were lots of quite deep rocky pools with clear water, containing some lovely coloured coral and some sea cucumbers which are apparently used in fresh or dried form in various cuisines such as Indonesian. In some cultural contexts the sea cucumber is thought to have medicinal value.
I am hoping to do a one day trip right up to Cape Leveque (it depends on numbers) this coming Sunday with Kimberley Wild https://kimberleywild.com.au
As a current volunteer at the Broome Visitor Centre, I have spoken with people who have done tours with Kimberley Wild, who they have highly recommended! So I have decided not to drive Bluebird right up the Cape Leveque Road as it is very corrugated, being 80 k’s of dirt/sandy road for the first part, although from Beagle Bay to the Cape it is sealed.
Hopefully I will be able to report back on the trip early next week!