Driving Tips

For an optimal Gibb River Road experience, hit the road well-prepared. While the journey from Derby to Kununurra (660km) is not as challenging as it once was, it still demands careful consideration. Allocate at least two weeks to fully savor the landscapes. The best time to explore is during Western Australia's winter, between May and October, when the wet season has passed, revealing cascading waterfalls and brimming gorges.

Planning and Preparation

  • Careful Planning: Navigating the Kimberley's remote terrain requires thorough planning. The unpredictable road surfaces demand cautious driving. Emergency services may take time to reach you, so be prepared. It is also always recommened to check Mainroads Travel Map to check road condition.
  • Essential Equipment: Carry a well-equipped first aid kit and ample supplies. Always check Mainroads Travel Map for the latest road conditions. 
  • Vehicle Readiness: A capable four-wheel drive is essential. Ensure your vehicle is in top condition, especially the suspension. Lower tire pressure for corrugated roads, and carry basic recovery gear.
  • Self-Sufficiency: Be self-sufficient with essentials—food, water, supplies, spares, emergency aids, and fuel. You must be prepared for all scenarios.

On the Road

  • Careful Driving: Drive cautiously, particularly between dusk and dawn. Always travel according to road conditions.
  • Water Crossings: Do not drive into water of unknown depth and velocity. Be aware that road surfaces may be slippery when wet, so slow down and drive to the conditions.
  • Wildlife Awareness: Be mindful of the region's wildlife, including venomous snakes and crocodiles. Take local advice on water safety and exercise caution near water's edge where saltwater crocodiles may lurk.

Camping and Safety

  • Approved Campgrounds: Stick to approved campgrounds as much of the land along the Gibb River Road is privately owned.
  • Local Advice: Always take local advice regarding safety, especially near water.

Remember, it’s a holiday, not a race. Take your time, relish the journey, and soak in the Kimberley’s rugged charm. Be sure of your routes and itinerary before you leave, and always check the weather forecasts. Enjoy the adventure and stay safe!