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• The Kimberley in Australia is one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth, with rustic unique outback landscapes and landmarks billions of years in the making. Covering app 423,000 square kilometres in north Western Australia and with a population of less than 40,000 people, it’s here you’ll encounter some of the most extraordinary outback adventuresand folks in Australia. Discover ancient gorge country with hikes and trekking a must in planning your Kimberley vacation to enormous cattle stations, pristine coastline and sandy beaches, to one of the oldest cultures on the planet and the world’s only horizontal waterfalls.

Durrack River crossing the Gibb River Road

Durrack River - The Durrack River crossing can be high at the beginning of the Dry season.

It's prone to flooding in wet season so make sure you check road conditions. Also check the road is passable and open. From Derby to the Durrack River it's approximatley 510 klm. (Distance is approx only).

See the offical vistors information centre in either of the Kununurra Visitor Centre, Derby Visitor Centre, Broome Visitor Centre first.

Gibb River Road

Gibb River Road
Self drive along the Gibb River Road from Broome or Darwin is a Australia four wheel drive hire camper or wagon. The Gibb River Road was initially constructed as a beef road to transport cattle from the surrounding stations to the ports of Derby and Wyndham.It spans some six-hundred and seventy kilometres from Derby to the junction of the Great Northern Highway between Wyndham and Kununurra.

The Gibb River road travels some 700 kms through the central Kimberley Plateau from King Sound at Derby to the Cambridge Gulf at Wyndham. The whole road is now the responsibility of Main Roads WA and improvements to creek crossings and jump ups are being made every year. The majority of the road surface is of dirt and gravel construction with only some floodways paved.

The Derby Visitor Centre recommends use of high clearance robust vehicles, preferably 4WD, for DRY season (May to October) travel.

Towing of any type is not recommended. However, well constructed off road trailers may survive the often corrugated conditions in the DRY. Caravans are definitely NOT recommended.

Wet season (November to April) travel can be severely restricted by flooding and road closures as the countryside can become very waterlogged. Access to the gorges is very often not possible and, if travel occurs, is restricted to the Gibb River Road itself and not to the sidetracks into the gorges. A 4WD vehicle equipped with a snorkel is essential once the rains have started. Travellers in breach of official Road Closure and Road Restrictions are subject to fines.

Land Ownership
All of the land along the Gibb River Road is owned, leased and managed by someone. Much is subject to pastoral lease and some belongs to Aboriginal Communities. The Department of Conservation and Land Management manage the national parks, conservation parks and nature reserves. If travellers wish to travel on any roads bar the Gibb River Road, Mornington Road, the Kalumburu Road, or gorge access roads as listed in the Gibb River Road Guide, then they should seek permission of the landholder. All roads other than those listed above are constructed and maintained by the landowner and are not public roads.

Travelling with Dogs:
There are very limited places along the Gibb River Road that will allow dogs. No dogs are allowed in any of the National Parks along the Gibb River & Kalumburu roads. It is not advisable to be travelling with your dog, land on both sides of the Gibb River Road is owned, leased or managed by someone. Frequent aerial baiting is carried out posing a high risk of danger to your domestic pet.
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When can I travel on the Gibb River Road
Gibb River Road conditions improve greatly after the Derby and Kununurra local roads graders complete the grading from Derby and Kununurra.

Normally from this time onwards the Gibb River road is great to travel on, usually with hardly any corrugation or washouts. Though at the very beginning of the season after the graders please travel carefully as out clients got 2 punctures the day after the grader went through as the shale was chipped from the grader.

Also late in the season the roads becomes corrugated again with dust banks on the verge so again please be careful. The other suggestion is make sure you passenger talks to keep you awake and alert as the long open stretches can mesmerize the driver especially with the sun flickering through the branches of threes on certain stretches

What rivers, springs, creeks cross the Gibb River Road

• Pentecost River - The Pentecost River crossing is in a pleasant setting though very much like the Durack River this is one of the rivers that can be rather tense to 4wd first timers to cross early in the Dry Season. From Derby to the Penecost River it's approximatley 605 klm. (Distance is approx only). Beware of crocodiles and see the offical vistors information centre in either of the Kununurra Visitor Centre, Derby Visitor Centre, Broome Visitor Centre first.
• Lennard River
• Bindoola Creek
• Billy Goat Springs
• Durrack River - The Durrack River crossing can be high at the beginning of the Dry season. It's prone to flooding in wet season so make sure you check road conditions. Also check the road is passable and open. From Derby to the Durrack River it's approximatley 510 klm. (Distance is approx only). See the offical vistors information centre in either of the Kununurra Visitor Centre, Derby Visitor Centre, Broome Visitor Centre first.

 

What Gorges are on the Gibb River Road

• Following the Gibb River Road you can visit:
• Barnett River Gorge
• Manning Gorge
• Galvans Gorge
• Adcock Gorge
• Bell Gorge
• Silent Grove and
• Lennard River Gorge

What roadhouses are on the Gibb River Road

• Mount Barnett Roadhouse
• Imintji Roadhouse

 

What Cattle Station with accommodation or camping on the Gibb River Road

• Ellenbrae Station

Ellenbra Station see section E of the map below. +(618) 9161 4325

Ellenbrae Station is primarily a cattle station, however, in recent years we have been adding to our facilities to make sure we can also be a welcome destination for those travelling along the Gibb River Road. Ellenbrae Station covers 1 million acres in the Kimberly, Western Australia. It is approximately 230km from Kununnarra on the Gib River Road. Predominantly a cattle station, it has become a popular stop over for tourists during the dry season. Ellenbrae also invites day visitors to come and enjoy a hot cup of tea in the beautiful gardens and the best home made scones on the Gibb River Road! Ellenbrae’s driveway is only 5km long so it is well worth the trip in to stop off and stretch your legs, play with our homestead cattle or just to marvel at the gardens and surrounds.

The Ellenbrae Station offers the following services for day guests:
• Toilets • Picnic Area •Tyre Repairs • Cold Drinks/Food

The Ellenbrae Station offers the following services for our overnight guests:
• Cabin Accommodation (Ellenbrae Stockmen’s Cabins) • Two Campsites • Toilets • Showers (with Hot water!) • Dinner and Breakfast (for Cabin Guests) • BBQ facilities (for Cabin Guests) • Outdoor Camping Kitchen (for Cabin Guests) • Fishing • Swimming • Bush Walks

• How far is it from Ellenbrae Station to Mt Barnett Roadhouse 180kms (approximately 3.0 hours driving)
• How far is it from Ellenbrae Station to Kununurra 230 kms (approximately 3.5 hours driving)
• How far is it from Ellenbrae Station to Derby 485 kms (approximately 7 hour driving)
• How far is it from Ellenbrae Station to Home Valley Station 110 kms (approximately 2.0 hours driving)
• How far is it from Ellenbrae Station to El Questro Wilderness Park, Station Town Ship 155 kms (approximately 3.0 hours driving)
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• Home Valley Station
Home Valley Station see section f of the map below. +(618) 9161 4322

Home Valley Station is located close to the mighty Pentecost River, at the foot of the majestic Cockburn Range. Experience the exhilaration of an authentic cattle muster, soak in the unforgettable scenery of the East Kimberley and be inspired by the region's Indigenous people.

At Home Valley Station we pride ourselves on providing guests with the ultimate Australian outback experience. Accommodation across the Station provides options for travellers - from those who prefer their rugged outback adventure those seeking a more intimate experience. Our spacious Grass Castles on idyllic Bindoola Creek are generously appointed, providing guests with the ultimate in outback lodging. Guesthouse Rooms provide a comfortable retreat and are perfect for couples and families. The safari-style Eco Tents, located in a quiet bush setting, will impress those seeking to connect with nature. Those wishing to roll out a swag under the stars are invited to enjoy the Gibb River Road's best camping facilities at our Station Campground and the picture perfect Pentecost River Bush Camp.

The Home Valley Station offers the following services for guests:
• Two very different camping options 'see trip advisor' Option 1 - by all the facilities including a well looked after pool. Very popular and hence more crowded. Option 2 - by the river about 5kms from the homestead through two stock gates. Toilets and showers only. No power and lights. A dusty site and very strong winds when we stayed there. However peaceful, less campers and fantastic views to the mountains with the river in the foreground.

• Tyre repairs mentioned by travellers at a cost of $65.

• For facilities offered such as fuel ring first +(618) 9161 4322
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Distances between individual Gibb River Road fuel supply places if travelling to Kimberley Gorges
• How far is it from Mount Barnett Roadhouse to Imintji Roadhouse - it's approximatley 86 klm (Fuel: Diesel & Unleaded) © source and courtesy of outbacktravellers.com.au
• How far is it from Mount Barnett Roadhouse to Imintji Roadhouse - it's approximatley 78 klm (Fuel: Diesel & Unleaded) Other sources
• How far is it from Mt Barnett Roadhouse to Kununurra - it's approximatley 407 klm
• How far is it from Imintji Roadhouse to Fitzroy Crossing (Geikie Gorge) - it's approximatley 296 klm
• How far is it from Broome to Derby - it's approximatley 222 klm (Fuel: Diesel & Unleaded)
• How far is it from Imintji Roadhouse to Derby - it's approximatley 227-232 klm (Fuel: Diesel)
• How far is it from Fitzroy Crossing to Mt. Barnett Roadhouse via Bell Gorge - it's approximatley 365 klm

Milage is approximates only check at these offical visitor centres before leaving on your Kimberley self drive: Kununurra Visitor Centre, Derby Visitor Centre, Broome Visitor Centre.

 

Where the Gibb River flows in Western Australia
The headwaters of the river rise between the Caroline and Gibb Ranges. The river flows in a northerly direction until merging with the Drysdale River, of which it is a tributary. Gibb River has three tributaries: North Creek, Plain Creek and Russ Creek.The Gibb River drops approximatley 125+m over its approximate 100km length. The 3 following creeks and rivers flow into the Gibb River being the Russ Creek, North Creek and Plain Creek.
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• The Kimberley in Australia is one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth, with rustic unique outback landscapes and landmarks billions of years in the making. Covering app 423,000 square kilometres in north Western Australia and with a population of less than 40,000 people, it’s here you’ll encounter some of the most extraordinary outback adventuresand folks in Australia. Discover ancient gorge country with hikes and trekking a must in planning your Kimberley vacation to enormous cattle stations, pristine coastline and sandy beaches, to one of the oldest cultures on the planet and the world’s only horizontal waterfalls.

Self drive along the Gibb River Road from Broome or Darwin is a Australia four wheel drive hire camper or wagon. The Gibb River Road was initially constructed as a beef road to transport cattle from the surrounding stations to the ports of Derby and Wyndham.It spans some six-hundred and seventy kilometres from Derby to the junction of the Great Northern Highway between Wyndham and Kununurra.

Map of Gibb River Road and Western Australia
Approx. Distances from Perth Approx. Distances from Perth
01. Darwin -4040
03. Wyndham -3229
12. Karijini NP - 1400
13. Ningaloo + Coral Bay - Perth-1200Km
14. Monkey Mia - 856
...... Monkey Mia/Shell Beach 100Km Long
...... Monkey Mia/Shark Bay
15. Kalbarri -533
16. Kalgoorlie -596
17. Perth -0
18. Margaret River -277
19. Albany -409
20. Esperance -721
21. Adelaide - Perth 2712
..... Melbourne - Perth -3438
Approx. Distances from Broome (unless stated) Approx. Distances from Broome (unless stated)
1. Darwin -1867Km
2. Katherine -314Km
3. Kununurra -1042Km
3. Kununurra - Darwin -850Km
3. Kununurra - Lake Arglye -79Km
3. Kununurra - NT Border -57Km
3. Kununurra to El Questro -162Km
0. (Gibb River Road 710Km Long)
3. Wyndham -1057Km
4. Mitchell Plateau - Broome - 880km
5. Bungle Bungles - Kununurra -299km
.... (In Purnululu National Park)
.... (Highway to park 53km)

6. Halls Creek -683Km
6. Halls Creek - Kununurra-370Km
7. Fitzroy Crossing -395Km - 7/8 is Tunnel Creek - 380Km
8. Derby -221Km
9. Broome -Cape Leveque - 217Km nth of Broome
10. Port Hedland -597Km
11. Alice Springs to WA Border -740km (Via Tanami Hwy)
12. Exmouth - 1394Km
12. Karijini NP – Broome or nearest main destination -1024km Broome <>Tom Price
13. Ningaloo + Coral Bay - 1110Km Sth Broome
17. Perth - Broome - 2227

Approx. Distances from Perth Approx. Distances from Perth
01. Darwin -4040
03. Wyndham -3229
12. Karijini NP - 1400
13. Ningaloo + Coral Bay - Perth-1200Km
14. Monkey Mia - 856
...... Monkey Mia/Shell Beach 100Km Long
...... Monkey Mia/Shark Bay
15. Kalbarri -533
16. Kalgoorlie -596
17. Perth -0
18. Margaret River -277
19. Albany -409
20. Esperance -721
21. Adelaide - Perth 2712
..... Melbourne - Perth -3438
Please note locations and distances on the map above are approximate locations and measurment of distances. Any maps featured in this website are not to scale and should be used as a guide only.

 

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