A true outback odyssey on one of Australia’s most unique 4WD tracks
Turning off the bitumen and going ‘over the range’ on the Gibb River Road is a truly unique Aussie outback adventure through the Kimberley’s vast untouched wilderness, ancient gorge country and epic cattle stations the size of small countries.
Originally constructed in the 1960s to transport cattle from outlying stations to the ports of Derby and Wyndham, the 660-kilometre 4WD trail is the best way to discover the natural treasures of the Kimberley’s wild heartlands.
Allow yourself at least 14 days to truly immerse yourself in the adventure at Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Lennard Gorge, Bell Gorge, Galvans Gorge, Manning Gorge, Drysdale River Station, Home Valley Station and El Questro Wilderness Park. Or make a shortlist of your must-see attractions for a shorter, but no less exciting trip.
How to get there
Both the western and eastern gateways to the Gibb River Road – Broome and Kununurra – are serviced by domestic flights. That means you can choose to make your Gibb experience a one-way drive adventure.
Vehicle hire and tours
Car and camper van hire companies are available in Broome, and Kununurra offers car hire only. A number of 4WD tour operators also give you the option to let someone else do the driving while you soak up the scenery.
There is a surprising range of accommodation options, from back-to-nature riverside camping to luxury wilderness retreats. Many of the stations along the route welcome travellers, and some provide dinner, bed and breakfast. Please note, there is no free camping and prior bookings are essential.
If you plan to drive yourself, please note that the road conditions vary from bitumen to natural rocky earth. The Gibb River Road is suitable for high clearance four-wheel drive vehicles only and is not recommended for towing caravans, trailers or boats.
Best time to drive
Weather permitting, the Gibb River Road is open from April to October. Prior to travelling, check road conditions and closures with Derby Visitor Centre and Kununurra Visitor Centre.
Extend your drive
The Kimberley loop drive combines the Gibb River Road with Highway 1 to bring you back to your starting point. From Kununurra, you can continue your outback adventure by following the Savannah Way through the Northern Territory and Queensland. Or, if you are finishing in Broome, follow the path of the mystical Warlu serpent along the Warlu Way to the Pilbara Coast, Karijini National Park and World Heritage Ningaloo Reef.
Try an epic 15 day adventure covering the Dampier Peninsula, Gibb River Road and Mitchell Plateau, an eight day Gibb River highlights itinerary, or a fourteen day itinerary gives you at bit more time at those special spots on the Gibb.