I have enjoyed comprehensively reading both your Destination Kimberley and Top End guides and as a result feel confident I have devised a good itinerary for my family's travel of the Gibb River Road in mid June.
I would however appreciate some feedback / critique of the itinerary should you be able to spare the time.
My family consists of four adults and three children (6, 4 & 18 mths).
We will travel in two 4x4 vehicles with one off road camper trailer in tow.
Whilst we have the camper and quick erect tents it is our preference to limit our one night stops to allow an easier pace for the kids.
To maximise our number of 3 night stops I have dropped Kalumburu from the itinerary. Time doesn't allow for Cape Leveque.
We have travelled the Victoria Highway and visited Katherine before so this trip we intend to drive to and from Kununurra without much deviation.
Activities that are most important to us are: swimming, walking (3-4 hr max), fishing, challenging driving, wildlife, Kimberley hospitality / experience.
Darwin - Keep River NP / Saddle rest stop
Keep River NP - El Questro (1)
Purchase fruit / veg and last minute supplies in Kununurra.
Would like to secure river side camp at ELQ early before driving Karunjie track on this day. Fuel at Wyndam.
El Questro (2)
Zebedee Spr, El Questro Gorge
El Questro (3)
Explosion Gorge, fishing
El Questro - Drysdale River Station
Try to get to Emma Gorge. Could camp at Ellenbrae or Durack River Crossing if time runs out.
Drysdale River Station - Mitchell Falls (1)
Plan to tow camper into Mitchell campsite. It is an off road and capable trailer that recently drove Duncan Road / Marella Gorge without problem. (Thanks for the tip. Instructions were perfect.)
Is this advisable or is King Edward River a better alternative? Would rather not drive track multiple times.
Mitchell Falls (2)
Walk to falls, helicopter out with kids.
Mitchell Falls (3)
Maybe drive to Surveyors Pool
Mitchell Falls - Manning Gorge
Manning Gorge - Mornington Wilderness Camp (1)
Visit Galvan and Adcock Gorges on the way
Mornington Wilderness Camp (2)
Mornington Wilderness Camp (3)
St John Gorge
Mornington Wilderness Camp - Bell Gorge
Bell Gorge - Broome (1)
Via Derby. Lennard Gorge and Windjana Gorge on way.
Due to caravan park availability we need to arrive in Broome on this day.
Will do Tunnel Creek on day 17.
Supplies / laundry / shopping / Cable Beach. Stay at Caravan Park.
Broome – Fitzroy Crossing (Mary Pool perhaps, time depending)
Tunnel Creek / Geikie Gorge on way. I've missed Tunnel Creek twice before and really want to go.
Fitzroy Crossing – Spring Creek / Bungles
Don't want to rush the drive into the Bungles so could camp at Spring Creek if arrive late.
Spring Creek - Bungle Bungle (1)
Arrive at Bungles before midday to be at Echidna Chasm.
Bungle Bungle (2)
Cathedral Gorge / Domes / Piccaninny Creek
Bungle Bungle - Timber Creek NT (Big Horse)
Need to get as close to Darwin as daylight will allow.
Thanks Birgit, your opinion is most appreciated.
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