Giant Tides Tour – Cape Leveque & Cygnet Bay

Broome, Western Australia

A coastal Kim­ber­ley adven­ture, this scenic flight show­cas­es the majes­tic islands of the Buc­ca­neer Arch­i­pel­ago, the Hor­i­zon­tal Falls and Cape Lev­eque as well as the his­to­ry and beau­ty that is the Cygnet bay Pearl Farm. ​Cygnet Bay is a place that needs to be seen to be believed, located at the top of the Dampier Peninsula. Let Broome Aviation take you to witness Australia’s oldest operating Pearl Farm in action!

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Stop At: Horizontal Falls, King Sound Via Derby Talbot Bay, Buccaneer Archipelago, Talbot Bay, Western Australia 6728 Australia

Departing Broome, you track over the Chinatown district of Broome, sweeping over Roebuck Bay and surrounds. The flight path takes you over Malcolm Douglas Crocodile farm and the Broome Road before heading towards the Dampier Peninsula.

As you fly past the millions of hectares of station land, rich in Aboriginal Heritage, your pilot will regale you with stories and the history of the area before you enter the area known as the Buccaneer Archipelago. Looming ahead will be the Kimbolton Ranges, an ancient coastal seabed of the region. These ancient relics are the product of a once Devonian reef system. The thousands of islands that form the Buccaneer Archipelago become distinct. You are now over pristine pearl farming waters where only a few pearl farms of the archipelago become visible. Photo opportunities abound here.

The Horizontal Waterfalls soon come into sight as the aircraft is positioned to get the perfect view from the window. This magnificent example of Mother Nature’s power is closely aligned between the gorges of the McLarty Range, located in Talbot Bay. The Horizontal Falls are a fast moving tidal flow through two narrow fingers, the direction of the flow reverses with each change of tide. As tides in the Kimberley can reach ten metres, a peak tide gives rise to a significant difference in the sea level on either side of each gorge, which creates the rushing water and illusion of the Horizontal Falls.

Flying over Talbot Bay, the home of the famous Paspaley Pearling Empire, you see the hundreds of long lines each housing the valuable oysters that cultivate the pearl. Your Pilot weaves through the islands of Cockatoo and Koolan (mining empires) and heads towards Cape Leveque where the red rock cliffs meet the white sandy beaches bordering the pristine blue waters.

Duration: 2 minutes

Stop At: Broome-Cape Leveque Rd 240 km north of Broome, Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia 6725 Australia

Landing at Cape Leveque and walking over the hill is like walking into an unspoiled paradise. You will be one of the few that are privy to this wonderful experience. For this tour you will receive a freshly cooked breakfast or granola with fruit. After breakfast, there will be time for a swim in the pristine turquoise waters and admire the magnificent pindan cliffs.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Dampier Peninsula, Dampier Peninsula, Kimberley Region, Western Australia

At Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, you will have a chance to take in the sights. You are then escorted on a tour to take you behind the scenes of one of Australia’s most secretive industries. You are taken on the sea to view a real-life working pearl farm, offering you the unique opportunity to witness the beauty of this area from the water as well as from the air. Cruise through the Kimberley rock islands in the Sunday Island Group on the powerful boat and view the standing waves and whirlpools- *NOTE* If the tides are Neap the boat will cruise the island group, created by this region’s giant tidal movements.

At the end of this incredible boat tour enjoy the opportunity to browse Cygnet Bay’s stunning loose pearls and exquisite pearl jewellery. You might like to take the opportunity to purchase your own. Once you have finished browsing, you can then feast on a delicious Barramundi lunch at the Cygnet Bay Restaurant. After lunch, you head back to the skies for a quick forty five minutes of flying back to Broome.

Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia 6725 Australia

On the return to Broome expect to won­der at Lombadina, Beagle Bay, James Price Point, Pender Bay, Willie Creek, Cable Beach, Broome Town and Roe­buck Bay from a unique point of view!

Duration: 2 minutes


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