Gibb River Road with camper trailer?
Towing a Jayco Outback trailer
We are thinking to do the Gibb River Road in June next year, towing a camper trailer. We are travelling from Victoria around Oz with a Jayco Outback trailer and are not sure if we should go along the Gibb River Road.
Would we be able to leave it anywhere along the way to go into the gorges and plateau areas? Or could it be towed everywhere? We are towing with a 4wd Bravo ute.
Thanks, Ian & Jen
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Gibb River Road with camper trailer?
Hi Ian and Jen,
Of course you should go along the Gibb River Road :-). I do mention it on several pages on the site: the Gibb River Road
is not the hardcore 4WD adventure it used to be. And how demanding it is for the car and trailer depends where exactly you go, and also on the driver.
Generally, a 4WD vehicle and a tough camper trailer that's designed for offroad use are the perfect rig. Jaycos are not the toughest trailers out there, but if you stick to the usual tourist highlights and drive to the conditions (slow, and drop your tyres as recommended) you should be fine. (Though I can't guarantee that there won't be anything rattling loose!.)
You do need the extra strength and clearance of an offroad trailer to withstand the corrugations and to avoid damage to the bottom when negotiating the creek crossings. That's why you can't take caravans on the Gibb River Road. But apart from that the road and the side tracks to all the well known attractions do not present any challenges.
For you the corrugations, holes and bumps in the road will be the biggest problem. Trailers do rattle apart...
I can't imagine you having to leave the trailer anywhere. By June most everything will be graded, the creeks dry, and the rivers very low.
There is one exception:The King Edward River
on the Mitchell Plateau
is the only river that may still be a bit deeper and more interesting to cross, but not deep enough to cause problems. And the later in June you get here the lower it will be.
However, depending on the state of the track up to the falls you may want to set up camp at the King Edward River, instead of taking the trailer all the way up. That's what most people do. It's the nicer campsite, too :-).All the gorges and waterfalls that the Gibb River Road is famous for
are accessible with your set up.
As always, you can contact one of the visitor centres up here before you actually head off towards the Gibb River Road, or ring the stations and the rangers of the parks you want to visit. (DDestination Kimberley
has all the contact details for everyone in the appendix.)
They'll let you know if there is anything else. (You just never know how the upcoming wet season or a cyclone may change things...)
Have a great trip!
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