Main points of interest on the Gibb River Road

I'm Eric from Tahiti. Mid-May 2009, I'll drive along the Gibb River Road. I planned to spend 4 days and 3 nights between Kununurra and Derby. Do you think it's enough to visit the main attractions as gorges, waterfalls,...? (I won't go to Mitchell Falls).

What are the most beautiful attractions on the GRR? Yes, I know it's a short time and that's why I would like to visit the most interesting attractions. According to you, what are the best camp sites to stay?
Thanks a lot.

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Main points of interest on the Gibb River Road

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Dec 22, 2008
Don't ask me to choose :-).
by: Birgit

Hi Eric,

You can find some info about the main places along the Gibb on the following pages:

Gibb River Rd. route description (follow the links to read more about the individual places mentioned)
Kimberley Gorges

The stations along the way also offer camping and there are some beautiful and less known gorges on their land.

The places that people on tight schedules normally visit are Emma Gorge, El Questro Gorge, Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge, Bell Gorge, Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek.

So I guess you can consider those the "main points of interest". They certainly are all beautiful, and every place offers something different.

You can fit all of those into a (busy) 3 night/4 day schedule.

As for camp sites, there are the river camp at El Questro, the river camp at Home Valley Station, the campsite at Manning Gorge, the creek side campsites at Bell Gorge and the campground at Windjana Gorge National Park.

I like all of them.

Where you camp in the end depends on the rest of your schedule.

Yes, three nights is enough to have a good time, especially if you stick to the list above.

If you want to get to some more off the beaten track places you have to either skip some of the "main points of interest" or add a day to your schedule.

I think Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary is a very special place, but it is 90 km off the main route and their gorges and waterholes are further away and on fairly rough tracks. So exploring there takes even more time.

The decision what to see and what to skip is one that in the end you have to make.

I also think, that no matter where you stop and what you see, you will come away very, very impressed :-).

May is still a long time away, so I'll ask that question in the next newsletter and we'll see what everyone else nominates as the must sees and favourite places and campgrounds :-).

Jan 23, 2009
Re 3 nights on Gibb River Rd
by: Chiz

1 - Either El Questro or Home Valley Station - for the station experience/Emma Gorge/the touristy thing that you don't get elsewhere - it's different to the rest!
2 - Manning Gorge - for the swim across the river to get to the gorge
3 - Bell Gorge - for one of the best gorges - and scramble or swim down to the lowest one you can!

Jan 23, 2009
Camp site
by: Jules

In June 08 we camped at March Fly creek - it's in a conservation park right on the GRR...however I think this is not allowed anymore. A pity, it was a brilliant spot.

Drysdale Station is a bit out of the way maybe for the time you have but aside from the Station they have a great camp site on the river a few more clicks on - i'd recommend that if you got out that way.

Jan 25, 2009
a few tips for your trip
by: Debbie

Do the El Questro Gorge walk, and camp there a night.
Manning gorge is a beautiful place Great walk and good camping. Really relaxing just to sit on the sand and look into the water.
Would consider camping at Bells gorge, the one where you need to get a tag. lovely private camping. The walk is fantastic. We have done it late in the season, extremely hot but absolutely fantastic.
I am feeling envious just thinking about it. Hope you have a great time.

Feb 06, 2009
El Questro is a must
by: Leanne

Definitely camp at El Questro, then either Manning or Bell Gorge and then Windjana. I thing you need 2 nights at EL Questro. 3 nights is just not long enough, We will go back to the Gibb River Rd again in a few years time and will probably spend up to 2 weeks along the road.

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