Finally we are ready to travel one of the most notorious roads in Australia
25.04.2012 34 °C
The Gibb River Road is the 4WD option from Derby to Wyndham (or vice-versa), about 700 km long and it takes you through the heart of the Kimberley and is probably one of the most picturesque roads in Australia. The Gibb River Road is closed for most of the wet season and as is the case now, well into the dry season, to repair it after the damage the monsoon rains and cyclones have caused.
We will take about 14 days to explore The Gibb, as the locals call it, including the surrounding parks, gorges and ranges. The Gibb is today declared closed again between Mt. Barnett and Pentecost River due to heavy rain on Monday, but we will first detour from the western part of The Gibb to visit Windjana National Park and Tunnel Creek National Park and then also do a detour into the King Leopold Ranges Conservation Park to visit the famous Bells Gorge and maybe Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge as well. We also plan to visit Manning gorge, Emma Gorge and El Questro once we get through the center of The Gibb, and hopefully it will be open then.
However, the Kalumburu Road is probably going to be opened soon too (the attached photo shows the satus a couple of weeks ago) and visiting the northern, remote part of the Kimberley has been part of our plan from the start. So we might get the opportunity to take the long detour north and visit Drysdale River Station, Mitchell Falls and Honeymoon Bay.
We will spend a couple of days in Derby to clean up and replenish our stocks before we start the Gibb River Road and we will be without mobile network coverage almost all the way from Derby to Wyndham for two weeks and if we take the Kalumburu Road north is will be three weeks. We will therefore only post an update to the blog in about two to three weeks. Watch this space or click on the Subscribe button to get an automatic notification of an update on the blog.