Beagle Bay started as a Catholic mission founded by Trappist monks in the late 1800s. Today, the community is best known for the small Sacred Heart Church housing an ornate mother of pearl and seashell altar, built by two German Pallottine priests in 1918.
The Nyul Nyul people inhabited the land now occupied by Beagle Bay long before missionaries first arrived, and a visit here gives travelers the opportunity to learn more about the Aboriginal communities of the north and the colonization of Australia. Day trips from Broome focused on this history typically include a stop at Beagle Bay, along with Lombadina, where visitors can learn about traditional hunting techniques, as well as Australia’s oldest operating pearl farm and Kooljaman Beach.
Things to know before you go
- Beagle Bay is a must-see for history buffs and spiritual travelers.
- There is one store in town, but items tend to be on the expensive side
- Day trips to Beagle Bay and the Dampier Peninsula typically last upwards of 11 hours.
How to get there
Beagle Bay is 68 miles (110 kilometers) north of Broome on the western side of the Dampier Peninsula. It’s possible to self-drive or, for those without a car, join a guided day trip from Broome.
When to get there
The best time to visit Beagle Bay is during the dry season, which lasts from late April to Early October. July and August tend to be the busiest months in Kimberley, but Beagle Bay rarely gets very busy.
Highlights of the Dampier Peninsula
Beagle Bay isn’t the only point of interest worth seeing on Australia’s Dampier Peninsula. Beach lovers should check out the empty coastline of Middle Lagoon—a perfect spot for swimming and snorkeling—while Lombadina serves as a base for Aboriginal-led outdoor adventures. Cape Leveque occupies the northernmost tip of the peninsula and is one of Australia’s top camping spots.