The Dampier Peninsula’s biggest tourism drawcard has closed its doors indefinitely as ageing infrastructure and increasingly onerous compliance standards hit profit margins. Kooljaman at Cape Leveque has for the past 30 years become a major source of tourism income for the Djarindjin and Ardyaloon communities. An email was this week sent around to operators and guests who had booked to stay at the retreat informing of the decision “It is extremely unfortunate and with heavy hearts that we must announce from November 1st, 2021, we will be closing due to the requirements for major upgrades to continue to meet compliance, standards and guest expectations,” it said. “The communities of Ardyaloon and Djarindjin remain optimistic about the future of Kooljaman and are seeking the support of State and Federal Government agencies and trading enterprises to assist with the progression of our long term plans. “We sincerely... regret having to pass on this news and the impact it will have on our gusts.” The email said all bookings would be refunded and tours would still be operating. Kooljaman was for 30 years seen as a trailblazer in Western Australia’s glamping and Aboriginal tourism scenes and often held up as an example in government and industry pamphlets for others to follow. The retreat and tourism businesses servicing the guests it brings in have been regular features in every State tourism award. The closures comes as the much-hyped sealing of the Cape Leveque Road widely tipped to bring a huge influx of new tourists to the top of the peninsula nears completion. More to come.