The little tidal creek commonly known as Divers Creek (Nuboloon in Bardi) was the perfect natural harbour for our old wooden Luggers. It provided protection from cyclones, a convenient place to unload the valuable pearl shell and re-provision for the next adventure out to the pearling beds. This type of Lugger base was also used for the “lay-up” season when it was too dangerous to go diving and so the time was used to carry out the maintenance which was an endless task on the old wooden boats.
Diving for wild pearl shell has always been a seasonal activity and the crew of the Luggers would come and go with the seasons spending most of the time living onboard the lugger and only returning to Cygnet Bay in the Springs.
Whilst the Luggers were tied up in the creek over the spring tides, the crew would camp close by and over time the camps slowly became more developed into the houses you see today.
The old stack sack jetty, which can still be seen in the creek, was built for the first modern fibreglass pearling vessel, the “Cygnet Lass”, which revolutionised the pearling industry. Designed and built by Lyndon and Bruce Brown, this modern vessel brought greater speed, efficiency, safety and comfort to the diving operation and led the industry in the transition away from the old wooden Luggers to the modern vessels used today.
Today the area and the old buildings are heritage listed for the significant part it all played in pioneering the Australian cultured pearling industry.
The old shacks are the result of many peoples collective effort and hard work. Starting from makeshift campsites, people gradually made life more comfortable by building basic little shacks which slowly evolved over time to boast such features as concrete floors, fly screens, louvre windows, running water, and even electricity! All of which seemed to be huge advancements and cherished luxuries in a time when our remote paradise on the Kimberley coast was much harder to get to.
Skippers Cottage is our smallest pearlers shack and was originally built to house one of our pioneering lugger crew. This one-bedroom cottage with air-conditioned bedroom is the perfect escape for a couples break, or for friends looking for a relaxing getaway.
1 night – $290/night
2+ nights – $270/night
Sleeps 2 people
King bed or twin singles
Self-contained kitchen and bathroom
This 2 bedroom shack is suitable for couples or families; with its rustic charm and outhouse style bathroom, it will take you back to the early days of the pearling industry.
1 night – $350/night
2+ nights – $330/night
Sleeps 4 people
King beds or twin singles
Divers Quarters is our largest shack and was originally built to house some of our pioneering lugger crew. This five-bedroom shack with air-conditioned bedroom is the perfect escape for a group of friends or large families.
1 night – $650/night
2+ nights – $630/night
Sleeps 10 people
King beds or twin singles