Can I take a RAV4 on the Gibb River Road and to Cape Leveque?


Is it possible to do the Gibb River Road and the Cape Leveque (in June) with a RAV4 Toyota or do I need exclusively a Land Cruiser?
Thanks for your fast answer because I have to book a 4WD.
Do you know a good place for hire because Britz and the others are very, very expensive.

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Mar 26, 2010
Cape Leveque, yes, Gibb River Road, depends.
by: Birgit

Hi Charles,

Is it possible to do those roads in a RAV4?

Cape Leveque, yes.

With the Gibb River Road it depends on what you actually want to do and the time of the year.
Unless the wet was very big or late the crossings on the Gibb itself should not be a problem.
So if you don't want to go anywhere but the most touristy places you should be ok.
But there are plenty of places that a RAV4 is not suitable for.

You don't need a Landcruiser, just a car with enough clearance and with low range gears, and one that's really designed for this kind of terrain, i.e. tough enough.

But now the big caveat:
All of the above applies only to people with their own vehicle.

For anyone hiring, check the fine print of your hire car agreement. No hire company will let you take a RAV4 on the Gibb! (I am not sure about Cape Leveque, but my guess is no for that one as well.) The available choice is generally limited to Patrol or Landcruiser.

And hiring those is always expensive.

Mar 27, 2010
Hire Cars for Dampier Peninsular
by: Cuppa

We hired a car in Broome to take up the Dampier Peninsular last year. The cheapest hire company in Broome then was Corefleet. NONE of the hire companies would allow anything other than Nissan Patrols or LandCruisers up this road.

I expect that this is because they are tougher built & consequently last longer, given the crazy speeds some drive at on the corrugations. That said, the 'obstacles' that you come across up on the peninsular are just corrugations & soft sand. If you drive to the conditions (ie slow down) even a 2wd would get you to most places, but 4wd is very reassuring to have on the sandy tracks.
A Rav4 or similar would be fine if you could find anyone willing to hire it to you to take up there.

We hired another car in Derby for the Gibb River Road. I think the choice was a Land Cruiser or a Land Cruiser.

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