Lacepede Islands, Western Australia
The Lacepede Islands, sometimes referred to simply as the Lacepedes, are a group of four islands nominally located in the Indian Ocean off the north-west coast of Western Australia, about 120 kilometres (75 mi) north of Broome. They are about 30 kilometres (20 mi) off the coast of the Dampier Peninsula, from which they are separated by the Lacepede Channel.
The four islands are named West Island, Middle Island, East Island and Sandy Island. They are all small, low spits of coarse sand and coral rubble, lying atop a platform reef. They are Western Australia's most important breeding ground for the Green Turtle, and they also support of breeding colonies of Lesser Frigatebirds, Brown Boobies, Crested Terns, Sandpipers and Ruddy Turnstones.
Things to See & Do
* Lacepede Islands Nature Reserve
* East Island Lighthouse
* Whale watching
* Bird watching
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Australian Dollar (AUD)
Language – English
Time – GMT plus eight hours
Electricity - 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centered below Australian style
International Country Telephone Code – 61
Port Location – Kimberley Cruises depart from Broome, Darwin, Wyndham or Mitchell Plateau.
Travel Links – Broome and Kununurra have daily scheduled flights, and Derby has a few direct flights a week. Broome is the most easily accessed town, with flights from Perth, Sydney, Darwin, Melbourne, Brisbane and Alice Springs on the weekend. Kununurra and Derby are a bit more challenging to get to, with flights from Darwin, Broome or Perth only.
There are scheduled buses by Greyhound from Perth to Darwin, stopping at Broome, Derby and Kununurra. Keep in mind that it is an extremely long bus trip (Perth to Broome will keep you seated for more than 30 hours, and add another 30 hours to get to Darwin).