Things to do - Kimberley Region
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Gibb River Road
The Gibb River Road is around 670 km stretch of mostly unsealed road running from Derby in the west to Kununurra and Wyndham in the east.
It is THE attraction of the Kimberley. It is an adventure in its own right, but it also encompasses the best of the Kimberley. It travels right through the heart of this wild and remote area that is truly world class.
There are many top things to do on the Gibb River Road, with some of the most prominent being: Bell Gorge, Adcock, Galvans, Lennard and Barnett River Gorges, as well as Geikie and Windjana Gorges just off the Gibb River Road (see below for more).
El Questro Station, about 120km from Kununurra, is a little commercialised and privately run, but is home to a brilliant assortment of gorges, bushwalks, views, springs and just about everything that the Kimberely has to offer. It is a microcosm of this great region. With correct tyre pressure I would even take a non off road caravan into El Questro, once I had sealed up the door to the van and any low vents etc with duct tape for the generally shallow water crossing at the entrance to the station.
The Gibb River Road comes with a fearsome reputation, much of which these days is poetic licence! Yes its long and remote, yes you can blow tyres, and yes it is corrugated. All of these "problems" can be overcome so that anyone can enjoy this magic part of Australia.
Carry a couple of gerry cans and fill up at Mt Barnett Station, about half way along the road.(you may need your bank manager with you to help you pay for the fuel!)
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With correct tyre pressure, there is no reason why you should shread any tyres. It is basically a gravel road, so on 4WD tyres, drop the pressure to say 28 - 30 PSI and allow your tyre to "mould" to the rocks. If you have the pressure around 40 PSI or higher, you will need spares.
Don't worry too much about the corrugations. They are part of the game, and are generally tackled by picking a speed, usually around 60 - 70 km/h and attacking them. Too fast or too slow and it will knock the car about and cause damage. Depending on the time of the year, the only serious corrugations are the area to the west of the Kalumburu turn off.
Yes you can take off road caravans on the Gibb. We took ours and had no problems. The other myth to clarify is you can do the road in a 2WD. There are heaps of backpackers in clapped out old vans enjoying the road. All of the above can change depending on the time of year, river levels and when the grader last came through.
So there it is. You can tackle The Gibb River Road with confidence, so what are you waiting for?!
One of our favourite things to do in the Kimberley, just off the Gibb is Tunnel Creek.
It can be accessed from the Gibb River Road in the north, or the Great Northern Highway out of Fitzroy Crossing in the south. Tunnel Creek is around 40km south of the beautiful Windjana Gorge.
A 750m long tunnel with a spectacular opening near the middle, it is home to bats and the odd freshwater crocodile. It is free and unregulated although with current trends, it may not stay this way for long!.
In places you have to wade through waist deep water and you will need to take a torch and shoes, although we did it in bare feet and had no problems. The walk is suitable for people of all ages with even moderate levels of fitness.
This place is awesome although it peak season it gets very busy.. No trip to the Kimberley would be complete without a visit to Tunnel Creek.
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