Travelling The Gibb River Road
A Kimberley Adventure Trip From Derby To Kununurra

Self-driving the Gibb River Road is not as difficult as it used to be!

The legendary Gibb River Road, a 660 km dirt track right through the wild heart of the Kimberley, is one of the Kimberley's main attractions.

"The Gibb" takes you from Broome/Derby on the west coast to Kununurra/Wyndham on WA's eastern border...



The Gibb River Road

...through a spectacular landscape of intensely coloured ranges, dramatic gorges and lush rock pools and waterfalls, everything the Kimberley is famous for.

Galvans Gorge, right on the Gibb River Road

The trip is still touted as one of the last serious adventures in Australia, a drive through a very remote area where all sorts of dangers loom, an undertaking that requires guts and four wheel driving experience...

Well, not any more!

There is absolutely nothing to be nervous about.

Your Gibb River Road trip can be an adventure, if that's what you want it to be. Or it can be an enjoyable and relaxing scenic drive. (Well, except for the corrugated parts...)

Anybody can drive the Gibb River Road. You need no special skills and experience at all.

Below you find a list of articles with more information. They tell you more about the road conditions, the distances, attractions, accommodation, the possible detours, the real adventures along the way...

You can also browse through trip reports and questions (plus answers) from other readers.

And if you are totally new here, then don't forget to grab your free Kimberley guide, which also talks a lot about both two wheel and four wheel driving in the Kimberley.

Don't worry, you will be well prepared.

Driving The Gibb - Plan Your Trip


The Road

Maps of the Gibb
Get an idea where it is, and where everything along it is located.




The Road

The Road Conditions
Really, you don't need any 4WDing experience...

Fuel Stops on the Gibb
... but you may need a jerry can or two.




River Crossing

What You Need To Know
I said above that this drive is by no means the risky adventure it used to be. However, it still requires some travel planning and equipment. Also, a good measure of common sense never hurts...




The Imintji Store

Gibb River Rd. Route Description
This gives you the kilometres from/to all the turn offs, side tracks, attractions, accommodations, supply points etc. coming from Derby (west to east). The description for a Gibb River Road trip in the other direction is here.




Accommodation

Accommodation on the Gibb Road
All the places where you can buy a cooked meal, have a hot shower and sleep in a real bed!




Camping

Campgrounds along the Gibb Road
All the places where you can still pitch your tent. (Many bush campgrounds have closed over the last years.)




Manning Gorge

Kimberley Gorges
The gorges and waterfalls are the main attractions and the reason for travel along the Gibb River Road. Here they are, with photos, descriptions, and comments (which should always be taken with a grain of salt...).




Big Mertens Falls

Gibb River Road Australia Pictures
If you just want to look at photos, here is a bunch of big ones.




Videos

Driving the Gibb: Broome to Wyndham and Kununurra to Broome
Darwin to Broome via Gibb River Rd.
Kimberley/Gibb Adventure In A Rental Troopy
Two Kimberley Videos
Broome to Wyndham via Gibb on motorbikes
Gibb River Road and Pentecost River by Motorbike
Great Kimberley Slide Show
Adcock Gorge




the Kimberley Travel Guide

the Kimberley Pocket Guide

Travelling to the Kimberley?

The free Kimberley Pocket Guide
is a great introduction to travel in the region.

The full Kimberley Travel Guide
shows you how to make the most of your adventure at Australia's last frontier.

Destination Top End

Travelling to the Northern Territory?

NEW! Destination Top End offers the same comprehensive, detailed insider information for the tropical regions of the Northern Territory.

A must have if you travel to or from Darwin.



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GRR Trip Reports and Pictures from other Readers

Click below to see what others had to say about "the Gibb".

Gibb River Road in a Holden Captiva 
Hi Birgit, I very wisely purchased your Destination Kimberley guide and constantly referred to it. We're just back from 3 weeks touring around …

Jayco Fantastic on the Gibb 
We have traveled from the East Coast of Australia from Innisfail straight across to the West Coast doing the Savannah Way and the Gibb River Road , to …

A Guide to the Gibb River Road and Pentecost River by Motorbike 
If you were like me and wanted to ride your motorbike / motorcycle across the Gibb River Road and especially the Pentecost River, you would have done …

Tyre pressures on the Gibb River Road 
Your story about people and their tyre problems reminded us when we went to the Gibb River Road / Mitchell Falls some years ago. We met two Polish …

Two Dutchies in a BIG 4WDrive (!!!) on the Gibb River Road 
In July/August 2010 my sister and me (58 and 65) rented a 4WD campervan in Broome to do the Gibb River Road . I must confess that I was veeeeeeeery anxious …

The Gibb - Adventure of a Lifetime 
In August 2008 my wife had a chat with a Ranger called Brendan in Kata Tjuta, having just driven the wonderful Mereenie Loop from Alice Springs. He said …

The Gibb River Road in a Hi Ace Van 
Hello B, I want to thank you for your great Newsletters. The information they provided was a tremendous help in forward planning of our recently completed …

Gibb River Road is a must do!! 
We left Darwin on 29th July and had to be in Cable Beach on 12th August. We travelled to the Bungle Bungle then to Wyndham and via the back road across …

The Gibb River Road: A short trip - A fantastic experience 
We have recently travelled along the Gibb from Broome to Kununurra and on to Darwin, as part of a larger trip through Australia. This website was so …

Cockburn Ranges alternate view (Karunjie Road) 
We have just completed a whirlwind "snapshot" tour of Kakadu, some of Kimberleys and the WA coast in Aug/Sep 2010. 10, 400km from Melbourne including "The …

Our Muddy Adventure Down the Gibb May 2010 
We decided last year in 2009 that we had to do a driving trip up north to explore our beautiful country, now or we'd probably never get around to it! We …

Conquering the Gibb River Road and Mitchell Plateau with two young kids 
My wife, our two girls (aged four and one) and I set out on the trip of our lifetime in April this year. Destination? Kimberley! Coming from Brisbane …

If you can take time to enjoy the GRR experience - we did - end May/early June 2010  
Brigit your Kimberley Pocket Guide is a must for anyone planning a trip in this wonderful region. It contains so much common sense and helpful information. …

A muddy Gibb River Road adventure - May 2010 
We had planned our trip since last November (2009) and had been anxiously watching the weather for the month prior to going to Broome. It looked great …

Gibb River Road with the whole family 
Dear Birgit, hereby some links to our website and the route we did in Sept/Oct 2009 from Darwin to Perth via Kakadu, Purnululu and the Gibb River Road …

Gibb River Road Adventure with Jayco Outback Swan 
We completed our Kimberley Adventure in mid August this year as part of our long service leave trip (with 3 children) around Australia. When I mentioned …

The Crocs 2009 - Gibb River Road 
We drove the Gibb River Road in August 2009 in a hired 4wd which we hired in Broome . We are country people used to dirt roads and we were suprised …

Charnley River Homestead 
We spent just on 3 weeks doing the Gibb River Road which included lots of walks and gorges. One of our favourite gorges was Dillie Gorge at Charnley River …

Our trip with a van down the Gibb 
Just completed a Gibb River Road trip (July 09) with our van and the corrugations are the worst of it. We enjoyed all the river / creek crossings and …

Adventurous Kiwi's take on the Gibb 
My husband and I travelled the Kimberley and Gibb River Road May 2009. What a great holiday. We arrived in Broome and picked up our 4wd Camper and …

Female and single? Go for it! From Shark Bay to Kununurra and everywhere in between... 
We (my 8yo son and I) have just arrived home from 6 weeks on the road; starting from Shark Bay (WA) through Karijini NP, up to Kununurra via the Gibb …

King Edward River Crossing (and great Kimberley slide show) 
Hi Birgit, thanks for all the great info in your Kimberley guide . As part of our Kimberley trip we went up to the Mitchell Falls in late May and our …

The Gibb River Road is well worth it! 
My husband and I have just returned from a trip on the Gibb River Road. Absolutely awesome. I am 67 ys old, my husband is 69, and we are both well traveled, …

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Gibb River Road - Did it with no Jack ! 
We rented a Pajero from Europcar in Broome complete with 2 spares etc. Lo and behold - on our first puncture at Bells Gorge we discovered the jack was …

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(You can find more trip reports that also talk about the Gibb among the general Kimberley Trip Reports, Reviews and Experiences.)

GRR Related Reader Questions

Click below to read questions from other readers, and the answers and comments they received. (All pages open in new window.)

If you have a question yourself please see the questions page. Thank you.

Do I really need a 4WD for the Gibb River Road? Hey, I just have a really simple question. Is it possible to drive with a two wheel drive through the Gibb River Road or is it really necessary to have ...

Packing for Gibb River Road with children? Great site Birgit! Our family is planning to travel from Darwin to Broome, taking in Kakadu, the Gibb River Road and the Bungle Bungles. We are travelling ...

Rodeo Suitability for Gibb River Road My question relates to the suitability of our vehicle for the Gibb River Road, particularly as you point out the importance of your vehicle's clearance ...

Gibb River Road in Subaru Forester TNT magazine just had an article about a couple of backpackers who did the Gibb River Road in a VW Combi. I'm planning to do it this July (I'll have 3 ...

Buying a Suzuki for Gibb River Road We're in the process of buying a new car, and we were interested in getting a medium sized 4WD like a Suzuki Grand Vitara, so we could get about the NT ...

Gibb River Road with camper trailer? We are thinking to do the Gibb River Road in June next year, towing a camper trailer. We are travelling from Victoria around Oz with a Jayco Outback trailer ...

Towing Jayco Outback to Gibb River Road In reading the stories I see you are saying it is accessible to most areas. Does that include the Mitchell Falls area or would it be advisable to leave ...

Off-Road Caravans on the Gibb River Road I'm contemplating towing a 16 foot Regal Off-Road van (single axle - independent suspension)on the Gibb River Road, with the option of heading out to the ...

Towing a caravan on the Gibb River Road We are planning a trip from Darwin to Perth in July 2009 and have been told we could tow our 20ft full van with our Prado on the Gibb River Road. We would ...

Caravans On The Gibb River Road (Storage) Obviously you would not want to take a caravan on the Gibb River Road. However, is there place to leave our van on the eastern end as we make our way across ...

Travelling through the Gibb River Road area with dogs We plan to do the Gibb River Road with our dogs. Do you see many people travelling with a dog through the Gibb River Road area? I know our plan will have ...

Gibb River Road In June We're nervous about doing the 4WD roads - the Gibb itself and all the roads off it - given that we're 4WD virgins! We are thinking about coming ...

2wd for road to Drysdale River Station? My wife & I will be leaving Victoria in 4 weeks time to begin an around Australia adventure lasting 18 months. We will be travelling in a 2wd bus (Nissan ...

Silent Grove - Bell Gorge camp sites Birgit, I have your excellent 'Destination Kimberley' (I wish I'd known about it years ago ... I can now throw away all the printouts from tens of websites ...

El Questro I am writing in response to the negative comments regarding El Questro. The impression given is that the Homestead is the only style of accommodation ...

Mobile, internet reception along Gibb River Road My parents are travelling the Gibb River Road leaving Kempsey NSW 10 May. They would like to watch ABC news and speak to us occasionally. Can you tell ...

Here is the full list of all Gibb River Road questions



the Kimberley Travel Guide

the Kimberley Pocket Guide

Travelling to the Kimberley?

The free Kimberley Pocket Guide
is a great introduction to travel in the region.

The full Kimberley Travel Guide
shows you how to make the most of your adventure at Australia's last frontier.

Destination Top End

Travelling to the Northern Territory?

NEW! Destination Top End offers the same comprehensive, detailed insider information for the tropical regions of the Northern Territory.

A must have if you travel to or from Darwin.

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