Map of the Gibb River Road

"We popped into Derby Visitor Centre to get our copy of the Gibb River and Kalumburu Roads Guide and also got a few great tips about the area!" Denise

This map of the Gibb River Road, produced by Derby Visitor Centre is a great planning tool for your Gibb River Road trip and part of the Gibb River and Kalumburu Roads Guide. Like Denise & Michael, you can pick up the guide in person from Derby or Kununurra Visitor Centres, or you can order a copy by post from from the Derby Visitor Centre here

A summary of distances between key attractions is below the map. 

Derby 2018 map
Gibb River Road Map - Derby Visitor Centre

For more from Denise & Michael's Gibb River Road trip, click here.

Key Distances and driving times - Gibb River Road


Distance & approximate driving time

Derby - Gibb River Road turnoff


Gibb River Road turnoff – Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek turnoff

118km/1hr 30mins

Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek turnoff - Mt Hart Station turnoff


Mt Hart Station turnoff - Mt Hart Station

50km/ 1hr 30mins

Mt Hart Station turnoff - Bell Gorge turnoff


Bell Gorge turnoff - Silent Grove Campground


Bell Gorge turnoff - Imitjii / Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge


Imitjii / Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge - Galvans Gorge

65km/1hr 10mins

Galvans Gorge - Mt Barnett Roadhouse (Manning Gorge)


Imitjii / Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge - Mornington Wilderness Camp turnoff


Mornington Wilderness Camp turnoff - Mornington Wilderness Camp


Mt Barnett Roadhouse (Manning Gorge) - Mt Elizabeth Station/Walcott Inlet turnoff


Mt Elizabeth Station/Walcott Inlet turnoff - Mt Elizabeth Station


Mt Elizabeth Station/Walcott Inlet turnoff - Gibb River/Kalumburu Roads junction

71km/1hr 40mins

Gibb River/Kalumburu Roads junction - Ellenbrae Station

64km/1hr 15mins

Ellenbrae Station - Cockburn Range Lookout

100km/1hr 15mins

Cockburn Range Lookout - Home Valley Station


Home Valley Station - Pentecost Crossing


Pentecost Crossing – El Questro Station turnoff


El Questro Station turnoff - El Questro Station


El Questro Station - Emma Gorge Resort turnoff


El Questro Station turnoff – Emma Gorge Resort


Emma Gorge Resort - Great Northern Highway/Gibb River Rd turnoff


The Great Northern Highway/GRR turnoff - Kununurra


The Great Northern Highway/GRR turnoff - Wyndham


Wyndham - Diggers Rest Station

46km/1hr 10mins

Wyndham - Kununurra

106km/1hr 10mins

Where to stay on the Gibb River Road

There's a surprising range of accommodation for travellers along the Gibb River Road, from campsites to station stays and glamping. 

Read on to plan your trip, including details of the Gibb’s gorges, accommodation and camping along the way, tours, suggested itineraries and the practical details like maps, driving distances and fuel stops.

Explore the Gorges 

The river gorges, cascading waterfalls and freshwater swimming holes along the Gibb are some of natures best, and a welcome reward after walking the bush tracks to get to them. 

While walking the trails and exploring the waterfalls, keep an eye out for Aboriginal rock art sites under ledges and overhangs. These are important cultural sites, so please do not touch or disturb them.

Sun-bleached rocks wind through a bush landscape which leads you to the first water filled pool. The backdrop of an amber hued hill reveals a dreamy, reflective…

Adcock Gorge is a picturesque gorge and swimming spot on Mt House station, approximately 5 kilometres off the Gibb River Road. The driving track is 4WD only.

Galvan’s Gorge is the most accessible gorge along the Gibb, located just 1 kilometre off the road. This is a popular and pretty swimming spot, with a small…

Located on Manning Creek in the grounds of the 283,280ha Mt Barnett Station, water remains at the base of the waterfalls and in several pools along the creek year…

The serene surroundings of Emma Gorge waterfall make it a tranquil and relaxing place to swim. An approximate one-hour picturesque walk over rocky terrain rewards…

Tours that take you along the Gibb

Head off the beaten track with an experienced guide and like-minded fellow travellers, join a micro-group (6 travellers or fewer) or to take a private charter/tour. 

Gibb River Road tours allow for a choice of accommodation, from fully accommodated, to participatory camping tours, where you pitch in to set up camp and prepare the evening meal, tours offering permanent campsites for some or all of your overnight stays, or tours allowing you to choose to upgrade your accommodation along the way. 

The classic Kimberley 4WD itineraries can vary from 10 to 15 days, travelling through the Gibb River Road and onwards to take in all of the region's major attractions, such as the Purnululu National Park (the Bungles), and on some longer itineraries, the Punamii-Unpuu (Mitchell Falls). 


The West Coast is our home! WA NT TOURS are the specialists for guided small group tours…

On the Verandah

Join an On The Verandah Kimberley workshop and experience life on a remote cattle…

National Parks along the Gibb

About the Gibb River Road

The route of the Gibb River Road crosses the traditional lands of many Kimberley peoples, including the Njikena, Bunuba, Ongkomi, Ngarinyin, Gedija, Worrorra and Wunumbal language groups. A rich indigenous culture has been practised throughout the area for many thousands of years, and the Gwion (Bradshaw) and Wandjina rock art traditions are features of the rock paintings in the region surrounding the Gibb River Road and Mitchell Plateau.

Once pastoralists moved across the Kimberley and established cattle stations, Aboriginal people were forcibly displaced from their traditional lands, working as stockmen and domestics on stations, and living and working in remote missions.

While the Gibb River Road as we know it today was constructed in the 1960’s, pastoralists had previously constructed two unsealed tracks linking Derby with Mt House station in the west, and Wyndham with Karunjie Station, Gibb River Station and Kalumburu in the east. Both tracks (known as the Mt House Road and Karunjie Track) were hand-hewn roadways wide enough for bullock wagons, and for drovers with their cattle herds.

These roads provided essential connections between the ports at Derby and Wyndham and outlying stations, but the going was rough – it could take over a week to travel with a supply wagon from Mt House to Derby.

The “Beef Roads Programme” was set up by the government in 1949 to provide funding for the construction of infrastructure to support the beef industry. The Gibb River Road was constructed as part of this programme, and under the supervision of Main Roads WA teams of surveyors, engineers and labourers set out on an arduous 3-year road-building project.

The Gibb River Road only partially follows the routes of the Mt House Road and Karunjie Track – with the benefit of explosives and heavy machinery, the road team were able to cut a new direct route through the Napier and Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges, and construct creek crossings. The first beef truck travelled the western section of the road in 1963, while works continued at the eastern end until 1967, completing the route of the Gibb River Road that we travel today.

In the 1980’s and 1990’s Aboriginal communities were established along the Gibb River Road, including Imintji, Kupingarri (Mt Barnett Station), Ngallagunda (Gibb River Station), Dodonun (east of Mt Elizabeth Station), Prap Prap (west of Doongan Station) and Kandiwal Community at the Mitchell Plateau.

Some of these communities are now involved in the tourism industry along the Gibb River Road and its surrounds, including operating tours, campsites, shops and roadhouses, and galleries featuring local artists.