Gibb River Road by motorbike

by Helen
(North Qld)

Crossing the Pentecost River on a motorbike

My husband and I travelled the GRR during the school holidays and found it to be a wonderful ride, meeting lots of great people along the way.

Mostly oncoming vehicles would slow slightly as we passed, but there were the odd few who couldn't care less. Fortunately, no rocks were thrown our way.

One thing we found a little daunting was seeing a Traffic Hazard Ahead sign as we came to a rise just before a large dip, (fortunately) getting flashed by an oncoming vehicle to warn us of the bulldust in the bottom of the dip. Had we not slowed to nearly a crawl it could have ended quite badly for us. Perhaps more specific signage would be helpful.

Another hazard sign had us slow right down again, expecting bulldust or such, but we were left scratching our heads as to what the hazard was.

Getting closer to the Derby end of the road, whilst travelling at about 90km/hr, some idiot overtook us and blanketed us in dust to the extent that my husband had to brake hard as neither of us could see. As the dust started to clear we realised that we had drifted to the left a little and there was a guide post in front of us - a little bit scary. The vehicle continued on at breakneck speed without any thought for fellow travellers.

Apart from these couple of incidents, we had a fantastic time and enjoyed the scenery along the way.

The Cockburn Ranges

We would highly recommend the Gibb River Road drive.

Unfortunately, we were limited in our time and didn't get to see all that we would have liked, but we might have to come back again in a 4WD to access some of the more remote areas that were out of our unleaded fuel tank range.

Helen and her motorbike on the Gibb River Road

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