Our top 10 travel tips for the Kimberley region

Preparation is the key for a successful trip

The Kimberley Region is one of the last pristine regions in the world. Being pristine entails remoteness. While the region is lively during peak season, this does not mean that a trip should not be carefully planned with the right vehicle. Great organisation prior to departing will lead to a more enjoyable travel experience. This is our top 10 travel tips for the Kimberley region.

1. Campsites

There are campsites available nearby the most popular attractions in the Kimberley and along the Gibb River Road. During the Dry peak season, between May and October, it is highly recommended to book your site where it is possible to do so. If you have not booked your site, please note that sites are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

2. Enough food, water and first aid kit

Traveling in a remote area bears its own risk. Make sure to travel with plenty of water, at least 10L per person and per day. Also make sure to pack enough food to last you for several days. All our vehicles are equipped with a first aid kit, in the event of an injury. The Red Dirt Team would also recommend to travel with insect repellents and to cover your arms and legs with loose clothing particularly at dawn or dusk to avoid mosquito and other insect bites.

3. Road Safety

Australia is a big continent and distances are often misjudged. Many towns, especially in the northern part of Australia and the Red Centre are remote. It is highly recommended to travel with a road map and a GPS. When traveling on dirt road, it is recommended to drive no more than 60 km/h.

Driver fatigue is responsible for many accidents, so make sure to take regular breaks. Enjoy the experience and don’t try to cover too much distance at a time.

4. A safe and reliable vehicle

Many places in the Northern Part of Australia such as the Kimberley Region require a 4WD to experience the best that those regions has to offer. Many natural attractions are only accessible via dirt roads. Motorhomes are not permitted on this type of road, due to the damage which may occur. Make sure to select the right vehicle for your trip!

5. Fuel

Keep in mind that roadhouses are not open 24 hours or 7 days a week in the Kimberley region. Carrying enough fuel is highly recommended. The Derby visitor centre produces a guide detailing fuel stops if you would like more information before traveling on the Gibb River Road.

6. Road closures

During the dry season (Approximately May to October), sealed and unsealed roads can be open for travel one day and completely closed the next. The Travel Map from Main Roads in Western Australia is a great tool to keep an eye on the current road status. For the Northern Territory, you can visit the Road Report website.

7. Quarantine

To help keep Western Australia disease free, there are strict quarantine restrictions in place at the border. No fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, plants, flowers and honey are allowed to cross the Western Australian border. If you are in doubt, the best is to declare it. Heavy penalties apply to non declared items. Please visit www.agric.wa.gov.au for more details.

8. Road trains

Road trains are trucks towing 2 to 3 trailers and they can be over 50 metres in length. Only overtake road trains when it is safe to do so. It can take up to 2.5 kilometres to overtake a road train at 100 km/hr!

9. Bush fires

Bushfires can be frequent during the dry season and can be dangerous. Make sure to abide by any fire warnings. As the Northern Australia is quite a big region, it is possible that a bush fire can go unnoticed for several days.

10. Wildlife

Up in the North West, fences are practically non existent. Please do exercise extreme cautions on the road as cattle can be wandering on the road. Red Dirt recommends driving during the day and to avoid driving at dawn, night and dusk in order to avoid a collision with a kangaroo or cattle.

Up north, there are two species of crocodile found in the Kimberley being the saltwater crocodile and the freshwater crocodile. They can also be found in the Pilbara coast. Observe warning signs near swimming holes and rivers.

Courtesy of: Australia’s Northwest and Lonely Planet

Gibb River Road 4WD Hire

Our 4WDs are the perfect vehicles for your adventure on the Gibb River Road as they are all equipped for the tough road conditions you will encounter.

The Gibb River Road is a very popular destination during the dry season. It’s a 660 kilometre track accessible between May and October (depending on road conditions). Originally used at a cattle route, it takes visitors though the last remote and pristine places of Australia.

Below is a list of the top places to visit on your Gibb River Road trip. We recommend at least 14 days for a trip from Darwin or Broome.

Please note, if you have allowed yourself 14 days, we recommend to either visit the Mitchell Falls or Bungle Bungles as both sites are large and require time to access and visit.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Broome

With a unique charm and character, Broome offers many attractions such as:

  • Camel rides
  • Fishing
  • Pearl tour
  • Dinosaur footprints (Gantheaume Point)
  • Beautiful sunsets
  • Crocodile park
  • Broome Bird Observatory

Windjana Gorge

Explore Windjana Gorge by walking one of the trails available. Spend the night at Windjana and explore Tunnel Creek.

Silent Grove and Bell Gorge

Explore and swim at the waterfalls, including Bell Gorge.

Mornington Wilderness Camp

Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary covers more than 3,000 km2 of spectacular gorges and tropical savannah dominated by the Fitzroy River and King Leopold Ranges. Popular activities include canoeing down Dimond Gorge and swimming and exploring Sir John Gorge.

Please note, Mornington Wilderness Camp has a minimum of 2 nights stay.

Manning Gorge

Stop for a dip at Galvan’s Gorge and Adcock Gorge, two refreshing waterholes on the Gibb River Road.

Manning Gorge is a great place to camp for a night or two.

Mt Elizabeth Station

Stop at Barnett River Gorge on your way to Mt Elizabeth Station. This station hides many waterholes such as Warla Gorge and Wunnamurra Gorge.

Drysdale River Station

Drysdale River Station is the gateway to the Mitchell River National Park. It is the last refueling stop on your way to Mitchell Falls Plateau. It can take between 4 – 6 hours to reach the Mitchell Falls car park from Drysdale River Station.

Make sure you allow yourself enough time to do the drive in the day. The road leading to Mitchell Falls car park is all dirt road and can be very good or very rough (depending on when it was last graded). Please remember you are a long way away from everything and help is not readily available.

Going at a slow pace is always recommended to avoid vehicle damage and roll overs.

Mitchell Falls

Mitchell Falls is a great place for nature lovers. Please remember, it is a very remote area and you need to be self sufficient allow four to six hours for the moderate to difficult 8.6 km round trip to Mitchell Falls so that time can be spent at the falls. If you do not wish to walk, you can take an helicopter ride.

Always plan at least 3 days for Mitchell Falls (1 day to get there, 1 day to enjoy the falls and one day to get back onto the Gibb River Road).

Home Valley Station

It’s an outback oasis nestled at the foot of the spectacular Cockburn Range. There are a great number of activities offered on the station, including horse riding, hikes, sunset tours and fishing.

El Questro Wilderness Park

The true start or the end of the Gibb River Road! Enjoy the thermal pool at Zebedee Springs and the swim at Emma Gorge.

Kununurra

Built on the bank of the Ord River in the 1960s, the town is now the easter gateway to the Kimberley region. Visit Lake Argyle and Mirima National Park.

Purnululu National Park – Bungle Bungles

The Bungle Bungles is a World Heritage Site accessible with the Great Northern Highway and located approximately 300 kms south of Kununurra. It is famous for its sandstone towers which can also be observed from above.

Please note the road from the caravan park to the Echidna Chasm or Cathedral Gorge is about 70-80 km and the road conditions are rough.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Nitmiluk National Park

Enjoy a few swims at Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls. The national park is also a great places for hiking.

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu is the largest national park in Australia. With plenty of waterfalls and hikes, this park will keep you busy for a few days!

We would recommend spending at least three days there as there is so much to explore!

Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park is home to stunning waterfalls and waterholes. It is a popular day tour from Darwin or Katherine.

Image courtesy of: Tourism WA and Tourism NT

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