Travelling The Gibb River Road – The Kimberley, W.A.
The Gibb River Road existed initally as a cattle route and even today is a 4-wheel-drive-only unmade road, stretching from near Wyndham in the east to Derby in the West Kimberley. The condition of the road varies greatly, depending mainly on when the grader last went through to smooth out some of the corrugations. The full length of the Gibb River Road is around 660 km, plus any side trips you might choose to take.
We began our journey from Kununurra, taking only tents and camping equipment with us, as we planned to travel even further off the track and visit the Mitchell Plateau on our trip.
The first river crossing, which is also probably the widest, is Pentecost River. The crossing was not too deep or daunting, but I am sure it would be a different story in the wet season.
One by one, the cars make the crossing. It is pretty straightforward at this time of the year.
Although some people need to check it out and consider their options before making the crossing.
We pitched our tent in a small clearing above the river bank.
The Cockburn Range looks amazing in the evening light across the Pentecost River.
This was a great first day to our Gibb River Road adventure.