Wheelchair accessibility of attractions on Gibb River Road

by Mike
(Perth WA)

I am thinking of taking the family on the Gibb River Road and was wondering if the attractions along the way are accessible by wheelchair as I have MS and can't walk very far.

I have a strong 6'2'' teenage son for propulsion but was wondering if the access tracks would be achievable by wheelchair (gradients and distance). I also believe the scenery is better going from the top down. Do you think it would be worth planning the trip this way?

Thanks

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Oct 17, 2008
I'm afraid not
by: Birgit

Hi Mike,

I'm sorry but there isn't a single gorge along the Gibb River Road itself that would be accessible by wheelchair. The country here is very rocky and rugged and the walks to the gorges are real wilderness trails, not paths.

The only exception is Windjana Gorge (which isn't really on the Gibb River Road). You may be able to get in there. Hm, Galvans Gorge is fairly close to the main road, so maybe that is accessible, too. But it would still be a battle. You certainly can't just push the wheelchair in...

I would suggest you contact the stations along the Gibb River Road and ask for their input. They may have gorges and waterholes on their land that you can access directly with a 4WD (but that aren't open to the public).

And that's about all I can think of. Not much help, is it?

You may also be interested in this reader question:

Enjoying the Kimberley with a disability

It's not specific to the Gibb River Road, but it may offer some other ideas. Sorry that I can't be of more help!

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