GIBB RIVER ROAD
Home to some of Australia’s most jaw dropping scenery and a rich and truly unique Aboriginal history. Previously used to transport cattle after construction in the 1960’s, the 660km road is now one of Australia's most iconic 4WD adventure trails with gorges, waterfalls, swimming holes and clear starry nights. The Gibb River Road is generally open from May to October however it is not uncommon for it to remain closed until late May due to the wet season rain. You should allow yourself at least 14 days to truly immerse yourself in the adventure. Or make a shortlist of your must-see attractions for a shorter, but no less exciting trip.
FOR YOUR SAFETY
Carry sufficient drinking water
Carry at least 20 litres of extra fuel
Carry two spare wheels or a full tyre repair kit
Carry a selection of vehicle spares (fan belt, fuel filter, radiator, hoses, etc..)
Before heading off to any remote region, inform family and friends of your intended departure and arrival times
Drive to road conditions at a safe and comfortable speed
Be crocodile aware at all waterways
Pack a satellite phone
Prepare your body for heavy corrugations
FUEL AND SUPPLIES
Imitiji Campground - Diesel Only
Mount Barnett Roadhouse
WHERE TO STOP
Famous for having the highest tidal range of any Australian port.
BOAB PRISON TREE
You will find this old tree 6km south of Derby.
Indigenous run campsite providing shady, grassed camping area with fire pits and toilet and shower facilities. The store sells diesel, ice cream and coffees.
The main attraction of Windjana is the scenic gorge carved by the Lennard River, through the Napier Range, which exposes the ancient reef system formed over 300 million years ago. You can expect to see freshwater crocodiles basking on the beach in the sunshine. There are two campgrounds. A campground for tour operators, and those who require generators. The Quiet Campground is for people without generators. Both campgrounds have showers, flushing toilets, drinking water and fireplaces.
Western Australia's oldest cave system, in Tunnel Creek National Park, is famous as a hideout used late last century by the Aboriginal leader Jandamarra. Many aboriginal rock paintings and speleothems are present in the cave decorating the walls.
You can walk through the tunnel to the other side of the Napier Range. The trek runs underground for 750 metres and you have to wade through several permanent pools and return the same way. The roof has collapsed through to the top of the range near the centre of the tunnel. Take a torch, wear sneakers and be prepared to get wet and possibly cold.
MT HART WILDERNESS LODGE
Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge offers an authentic homestead experience 50km off the Gibb River Road. Located in the heart of the King Leopold Ranges Conservation Park and providing accommodation and riverside camping.
Bell Gorge is a spectacular spot for swimming, photography and enjoying what nature has to offer. Cascading waterfalls and camping at nearby Silent Grove Campsite which has unpowered sites, toilets and solar showers.
MORNINGTON WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Owned and managed by the non-profit Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Mornington Wilderness Camp provides a comfortable base from which to explore the remarkable sanctuary. It is approximately 100 kilometres off the Gibb River Road and a naturalist’s paradise, providing refuge for over 200 species of birds and a diverse range of other wildlife. Popular activities include canoeing down Dimond Gorge and swimming and exploring Sir John Gorge. You can stay in luxury safari tents or pitch your own tent at the large and shady campground along Annie Creek. There is a restaurant which serves excellent food and wine.
Adcock Gorge is a short 5 km off the Gibb River Road. Here you will find a beautiful freshwater gorge and small waterfall cascading down over rock benches. Camping is not permitted here, and there are no amenities.