Overlooking, clear turquoise oceans, sandy beaches and vibrant red pindan cliffs, it’s little surprise this beautiful stretch of Kimberley coastline is World Heritage Listed. Whale Song Campgrounds are set amongst lush Kimberley bush, and located on Pender Bay. This sheltered bay has long been a resting place and nursery for humpback whales on their migratory paths. Our relaxed bush camping facilities have now become a welcome resting place for travellers of the human variety, who consider it a must see destination while visiting the Dampier Peninsular. With only five sites available this means that there are minimum numbers of guests at any one time which allows visitors to immerse themselves in the location. 2019 will also see us launch our Kimberley Wild Gubinge Tours and Cellar Door so that we can share Australia’s Native Superfood with travellers.
The Whale Song Campsite is called Mayoorr Campground, which is the Bardi word for stone fishtraps. Looking directly down to the beach from the campground on a low tide you can see the hand built stone traps that are considered by archaeologists to have been built up to 2000 years ago, but maintained to some degree up until the early 1900’s.
Share in some of the most scenic views of the Kimberley coast with our 5 direct coastal frontages on the cliff top overlooking Pender Bay.
Authentic bush camping with lovely clean shared amenities, which include sculpted, private outdoor shower, a place to wash dishes and fresh water and an odourless eco toilet. Each site has its own campfire site. We provide quality load of firewood for $10 load delivered.
Beach access is a five-minute walk along the cliff top to a safe area near the café. Long beach walks, fishing and swimming (at the individuals own risk- crocodiles inhabit all Kimberley waters). There are stunning photographic opportunities with the iconic red cliffs in the area. Or just simply take memories and leave only your footprints behind.
During the months of July and August the Group 1V Humpback Whales are returning to their birthplace to frolic and nurse the new generation of whale calves. The bulls are also in courtship mode and putting on powerful displays of breaching as they compete for a mate. Whale Song is one of the few places where you can enjoy land based whale watching, a genuinely eco-friendly non-intrusive way to share in the excitement of the Kimberley Humpback Whale Season.
During still nights you can here the explosive sounds of the whales breaching and slapping their tails and bodies against the calm water. Early morning activity is also common in the season, with the water spray of their spouting breath shining in the morning light.
There are no guarantees with nature but there is a good chance that you will spot the gentle giants of the ocean during your stay or visit to Whale Song Café and Campground.
Whale Song Cafe and Campground were founded on the principles of the peninsula’s traditional owners... Tread lightly and respect the land. Visitor amenities are designed to have minimal impact on the natural environment and available resources. Solar heated shower, rainwater tanks and naturally shaded campsites allow our guest to enjoy the best of this tranquil location, while ensuring its natural beauty is protected. Guests are asked to use the network of pathways when exploring the surrounding bushland. Campfires are permitted and there is a supply of firewood available upon request. Whether you are passing through or want to enjoy an idyllic stay at a picturesque, pristine location, we invite you to call into Whale Song Cafe and Campgrounds soon.
Known as Gubinge, Madoorr or Madoorroo by the Bardi people of the West Kimberley Coast, often called the Kakadu Plum, the fruit is the highest natural source of Vitamin C on Planet Earth. In the plant kingdom it is known by the Latin name Terminalia Ferdinandiana.
Our people have valued Gubinge trees and fruit as a natural resource and friend to our people for thousands of years. Used as a fresh staple in the Wet Season, collected straight from the tree or dried and mixed with water as a drink in dry times.The bark and gum was also used for its medicinal values.