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11 Reasons to Drive the Gibb River Road

This major artery through The Kimberley in Western Australia is one of Australia’s most beautiful drives. We provide 11 reasons why you must drive the Gibb River Road.




1. CONQUER WA'S MOST INFAMOUS DIRT TRACK

Stretching for 660km through the vast Kimberley, the Gibb River Road is one of Australia’s best 4WD adventures.



2. SPECTACULAR RIVER CROSSINGS

There’s no shortage of creek crossings in the Kimberley, especially if you visit early in the Dry Season when the waterways are still brimming.

3. VISIT OUTBACK STATIONS


From Home Valley Station to El Questro, there are multiple working outback stations along the Gibb where visitors can experience life on the land in the Kimberley.

4. SWIM BENEATH WATERFALLS


The Kimberley is waterfall country, with countless beautiful falls cascading over rocky gorges to deep, cool swimming holes far below. However...



5. SPOT CROCODILES

This is croc country, so you’re in with a great chance of seeing one. Spot saltwater crocs in coastal and brackish waters and their smaller freshwater cousins throughout the region.


6. CAMP ON PRISTINE BEACHES

From Derby to Honeymoon Bay, wile away days relaxing on pristine palm-lined beaches with azure water teeming with tropical fish species.



7. WALK AMONGST ANCIENT LANDSCAPES

The ancient Kimberley Range offers a staggering variety of landscapes, from the beehive structures of the Bungle Bungles to the breathtaking Cockburn Ranges.



8. EXPLORE SMALLER TRACKS IN YOUR 4WD

 


While the Gibb is the main artery through the Kimberley, there’s plenty of offshoots to challenge the most hardcore 4WD fanatic. Try the challenging King River Road that runs from the Gibb to Wyndham.



9. EAT FRESH FISH UNDER THE STARS


From tropical saltwater species like coral trout and mangrove jack to the legendary barramundi, the Kimberley is a fisherman’s paradise. Best eaten straight from the coals.

10. GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH A BOAB TREE


These quirky ancient giants are unique to the Kimberley, and have been used for everything from traditional medicine to meeting points and even colonial-era prisons!

11. DISCOVER UNIQUE AND AMAZING PLACES


Sandy beaches hidden in caves, multi-tiered waterfalls, secret oases in the middle of the outback – there’s no shortage of incredible hidden gems to discover in the Kimberley.

    2 comments

    • Dr Barry Goldman: July 16, 2021

      It might help to remind readers that swimming in some water holes may be culturally inappropriate (as well as running the risk of meeting a saltie).

    • Alsie: July 16, 2021

      Travelled this track back in 2011. Can be quite brutal on the vehicle but worth the effort. Fantastic experience. Wanting to do it again but we now have a dog. Can we still do it with our best mate?

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