Epic drive voted one of WA’s best
Tourists and locals have long considered the drive between Broome and Kununurra one of the State’s most stunning and picturesque road trips, and now a recent survey has cemented this claim.
The 1200km journey between the two towns, via the Gibb River Road, was named one of the top five WA road trips in a public RAC survey last month and was the only shortlisted journey not to involve Perth.
The Kimberley trip finished in fourth spot in the study, which received almost 4000 votes from West Australians.
And a quick look of what is on offer throughout the drive is all that anyone needs to justify the high ranking.
The first stop for most adventurers is Windjana Gorge National Park near the Napier Ranges, part of an ancient reef system formed about 350 million years ago, followed by the nearby Tunnel Creek, the State’s oldest cave system.
Road trippers also tout Home Valley Station as a highlight of the journey, especially to witness the sunset over the Cockburn Ranges.
El Questro Wilderness Park, Bell Gorge, Drysdale River Station and Manning Gorge are also considered to be unmissable stops.
And even those only keen for the drive would get the ultimate outback experience, with only a total of 100km of the road sealed.
Broome Visitor Centre manager Mel Virgo said the road trip was very popular among locals and travellers.
“The amazing scenery and opportunities on the Gibb make it one of the most sought-after destination routes in the Kimberley,” she said.
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday and we often have people come through who are planning on spending weeks or months doing the journey. We receive questions about it non-stop throughout the year and is one of the most popular attractions people inquire about.”
Australia’s North West Tourism chief executive Natasha Mahar said she was not surprised the road trip made the top-five list.
“This hearty piece of mostly dirt road epitomises the real Australia, encompassing both outback station life and Aboriginal culture as well,” she said.
“It’s rawness, scale and sheer last-frontier reputation create a wanderlust for visitors to want to experience the journey.
“The dusty track attracts a people from families to cyclists, backpackers and business people, adventurous Europeans and a fair crowd from over the East spending their kids’ inheritance.”
The Perth to Margaret River via Pemberton route topped the list, followed by Perth to Exmouth and Perth to Albany, with Perth to Esperance coming in at fifth.
RAC tourism manager Tony Pickworth said the survey showed West Australians’ increased inspiration to enjoy their State.
Bell Gorge falls on the Gibb River Road in the Kimberley.
El Questro Gorge in the El Questro Wilderness Park.
On the region’s famously dusty Gibb River Road.