Thursday, June 21, 2012
Cape and Leveque Island which is just off the coastline.
On the way back to Broome we made a couple of stops. Very good friends from
Melbourne (Tim and Heather) had first encouraged us to visit Cape Leveque
while in the area and Tim sent a message to remind us to stop in at
Lombadina where they had stayed on one visit. Available accommodation is
now limited to single quarters as the rest of the accommodtion has been
leased for a few months to road gangs. There was also an army camp set up
on the road into Lombardina - the Army personnel are building a child care
centre and are involved other community projects for six months.
Lombadina was a really nicely maintained Aboriginal community and there was
signage saying that they had entered the tidy towns competitions at various
times. There was a visitors centre where we paid our $10 visitors permit
and given a small map of the area. There is a large grass area in the
centre of the village area and we stopped in at the General Store for ice
creams before viewing the church and the craft shop which was manned by a
lovely lady, Maureen. She told me that there are about thirty people living
in Lombadina and the five children of the community attend the local school
and also the children of the surrounding communities. She was very proud of
the craft work done by the local ladies.