The Mitchell Plateau is accessed via the 4WD only Kalumburu Road, from the junction at the Gibb River Road approximately 416 kilometres from Derby to the south-west and 243 kilometres from Kununurra to the south-east.
From the junction of Gibb River Road and Kalumburu Road, it’s approximately 60 kilometres to Drysdale River Station. For those travelling further north, the station offers camper van and trailer storage. From Drysdale River Station it’s also possible to take fixed-wing scenic flights over the Mitchell Falls and surrounds, including landing at the falls for a short hike and helicopter ride.
To access Mitchell River National Park, turn onto the Port Warrender Road/Mitchell Plateau Track, approximately 160 kilometres north of the Gibb River Road junction. From this junction, it’s approximately 85 kilometres to the camping ground within the National Park, but the drive may take 3-4 hours. Please note that the Mitchell Plateau Track is not a gazetted road, which may impact on your vehicle insurance cover. From the junction of the Kalumburu Road and the Mitchell Plateau Track, it's approximately 100 kilometres futher to Kalumburu.
The Kalumburu Road is unsealed, and is only accessible during the Dry Season (usually from May to October, but this is dependent upon river levels and the road may open as late as June). Prior to travelling, check road conditions and closures with Derby and Kununurra visitor centres.
The road can be extremely corrugated, and the Mitchell Plateau Track is narrow with some steep inclines and river crossings to negotiate. Low speeds and caution while driving are essential.
A fully equipped, high clearance four wheel drive vehicle is required for this drive. You’ll also need to ensure you have fuel, water, food, mechanical and medical supplies.