The Gibb River Road

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The ac­tual GRR runs 660km from Wyn­d­ham to Derby. For our road trip story, we’ve de­scribed the longer Ku­nunurra to Broome route, a dis­tance of more than 930km (ex­clud­ing side-trips). For those with time, the three-to-four­day side-trip up the Kalum­buru Road (4WD-only) leads vis­i­tors through some amaz­ing and truly re­mote coun­try.

For those tow­ing a camper trailer or car­a­van, Drys­dale River Home­stead of­fers a safe place to leave it for the rugged drive fur­ther north.

You can also camp at the Drys­dale River Sta­tion. The oft-pho­tographed four-drop Mitchell Falls, and its small camp­ground, is found along an 85km side-trip from Kalum­buru Road, with the cool­ing wa­ters of the up­per pools reached via a chal­leng­ing 6km bush­walk. (Don’t swim at the bot­tom pool as it is home to salt­wa­ter crocs.) If you don’t want to tackle the chal­leng­ing drive to Mitchell Falls, there are he­li­copter flights from Drys­dale River Sta­tion.

Other high­lights in this north­ern sec­tion in­clude Sur­vey­ors Pool (again, don’t swim here) and the many beaches north of the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity of Kalum­buru that of­fer good fish­ing and other ac­tiv­i­ties. Per­mits are needed to visit here.

It’s a big side-trip but, if you’ve trav­elled all the way from the eastern seaboard for that once-in-a-life­time Kim­ber­ley ad­ven­ture, we’d rec­om­mend tack­ing on a few days to ex­pe­ri­ence it.

The Gibb River Road is suit­able for well-equipped 4WD ve­hi­cles only.

The Pen­te­cost River weaves its way across the GRR at a num­ber of points along the road’s length. Most wa­ter cross­ings are straight­for­ward dur­ing the tour­ing sea­son. Main­tain a steady speed; splash­ing through at high speed can force wa­ter into...

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