Sunrise at Kooljaman from safari tent

Sunrise at Kooljaman from safari tent

We took a 20 minute drive from Lombadina up to Kooljaman, a beautiful wilderness camp on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula, jointly owned by the Djarindjin and One Arm Point Aboriginal communities. We stayed in a very comfortable safari tent with its own bathroom, kitchen and balcony overlooking the glistening turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the white sandy beach and red cliffs. It’s like a dreamscape and all I can hear are the waves rolling in.

Oyster Forest at Hunters Creek, Kooljaman

Oyster Forest at Hunters Creek, Kooljaman

My guide for the morning is Brian, who like Rob, has an infectious laugh and is incredibly relaxed – it’s what this country does to you! Brian takes us along yet another beautiful beach and over sand dunes to the stunning Hunters Creek, an area that is normally off limits to the public so we were lucky enough to have it to ourselves. This place is just magic! During the day we explored the oyster forests where Brian chopped down ‘oyster kebabs’ and we searched for mud crabs. By the afternoon the tide was surging in, and with the huge tides up here, the creek quickly filled before our eyes, so we decided to try our luck at fishing. The water is crystal clear so you can actually see all the fish swimming in the water making it that bit more exciting.

Kristi with Brian and Kids at Hunters Creek, Kooljaman

Kristi with Brian and Kids at Hunters Creek, Kooljaman

Last time I was here, some of the kids from the local communities joined us. I’d invited a young girl who was staying in the campground to come along and she had a ball rolling down the sand dunes and diving into the water with the local kids. Her parents said it was the best day of their holiday! On that same day, another Aboriginal guide named Bundy asked one of the local kids to give me a fish he’d just speared so I could throw it in the air to attract a nearby sea eagle. I threw the fish up and it landed on the ground just near me, allowing me to enjoy a special moment with this majestic bird. After being strongly encouraged to taste a fish eye (yuk) we cooked up the fish and crabs that the kids had speared on a fire at the creek as we watched the sun set… Beautiful.

The following afternoon Bundy took us to look at the bush foods that are in season and explained how some of the plants are used for medicinal purposes and others are used to catch fish. He talked about the spiritual aspect of his country and once again I found myself viewing this amazing landscape from a whole new perspective.

Man relaxing at beach shelter Kooljaman

Man relaxing at beach shelter, Kooljaman

We squeezed in a boat trip to a nearby island and jumped in for a swim in the crystal clear waters to check out the abundant schools of fish, this will also undoubtedly make for some great footage. On the beach are some great thatched beach shelters, perfect for lying in a hammock watching the waves roll in! It is not hard to find locations and experiences worthy of inclusion in the shoot, the difficulty will be trying to fit them all in.

As the sun sets, it lights up Kooljaman’s red cliffs and the whole area takes on an ochre hue making it even more picturesque and surreal. The contrast of the red cliffs, white sand and turquoise water is stunning, made even more special as we notice a few whales breaching out at sea.

For more information, check out the following websites: www.kooljaman.com.au; www.bundysculturaltours.com.au; www.brianleetagalong.com.au

Next I’m exploring more of Cape Leveque, stay tuned for this next adventure … Kristi!