The Gibb River Road, WA

Route Description From Derby To Kununurra

This page outlines the trip along the Gibb River Road, WA, across the Kimberley, from Derby to Kununurra.

You can look up the distances between the different attractions, campgrounds, Gibb River Rd. accommodationfuel supply points etc.

This page is gives you an inital idea about the distances and stops, otherwise it's a bit dry to read.

For a more interesting read see the page Kimberley Gorges. It describes the attractions and tells you more about what you can see and do and also has many photos.

The route overview for the other direction is here: Gibb River Road, Western Australia, from east to west.

If you want a comprehensive and detailed guide to the Gibb River Road (and northern WA) that answers ALL your questions, check out Destination Kimberley.

Drive From Derby To Kununurra/Wyndham
Along The Gibb River Road, WA


Comments (D: diesel available, U: unleaded)


You access the Gibb River Road in WA from the Great Northern Highway. The turn-off to the Gibb River Rd. is just a few kilometres outside Derby. We start counting from Derby.


Birdwood Downs Station. Working cattle station offering camping, accommodation, tours and trail rides.


The first part of the Gibb River Rd. is sealed, but the bitumen ends here.


Tunnel Creek Road turn-off. Turn right here to visit Windjana Gorge National Park (20 km from junction) and Tunnel Creek National Park (55 km from junction).


Lennard River Bridge. The Lennard River Bridge Snack Stop does not exist any more!


Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge turn-off. Located 50 km off the main road inside King Leopold Range Conservation Park. Accommodation with full board. Since 2008 also camping.


Lennard Gorge turn-off. No camping. Part of the King Leopold Range Conservation Park.


Bell Gorge and Silent Grove turn-off. Bell Gorge in the King Leopold Range Conservation Park is probably the best known attraction along the Gibb River Road. The DEC operates the Silent Grove campground here. Gets very busy during peak season!


Imintji Store. One of the two main roadhouses on the Gibb. Diesel fuel only, general goods, gas bottle refills and ice. You can get hot food or an ice-cream, and the mechanic can patch your tyre and do repairs on your vehicle.
(Yes, Imintji is trading again. The store reopened on May 11, 2016)


Mornington Wilderness Camp turn-off. Accommodation, camping, restaurant, bar and access to several gorges. The camp is 90 km from the turn-off.


Charnley River Station turn-off. Located 42 km off the main road. Working cattle station offering acommodation, camping, meals.


Adcock Gorge turn-off. No camping. Dogs allowed.


Galvans Gorge. No camping. Dogs allowed.


Mt. Barnett Roadhouse. Fuel (unleaded and diesel), drinking water, ice, toilets, showers, laundry, small store and take-aways.


Manning Gorge and campground turn-off. Manning Gorge is owned by Mt. Barnett Station. The 7 km access track starts at roadhouse. A fee is charged for entry and includes the use of the camping facilities. Dogs welcome.


Barnett River Gorges turn-off. This was one of the precious few places along the Gibb River Rd. where free bush camping was available. Alas, no more... No camping. Dogs allowed.


Mt Elizabeth Station turn-off. Located 30 km from the main road. Working cattle station offering accommodation, camping and meals. Dogs welcome.


Kalumburu Road turn-off. Turn here to get to Kalumburu or to the Mitchell Plateau/Mitchell Falls. (Drysdale River Station is 60 km from the turn-off and is the next place to get diesel or unleaded.)


Ellenbrae Station turn-off. Another station that welcomes visitors, offering camping and basic bungalows.


Durack River crossing. This one can be exciting at the beginning of the season. (Or stop you from going any futher!)


(Jack's Waterhole. Now closed. Access through Home Valley Station, see below.)


Home Valley Station. Accommodation, camping and tours. Mainly a large tourism venture though still also operating as a cattle station.


Pentecost River Crossing. Very scenic location. Like the Durack River this is one of the rivers that can be rather exciting to cross early in the season. Beware, this is serious crocodile country.


El Questro Station turn-off. Huge tourism operation. Main township is located 16 km from the turn-off. Aimed at the high end market but offers facilites for all budgets and has some great tours, cruises, hikes and gorges. General store, diesel, unleaded, accommodation, steakhouse, bar, camping.


Emma Gorge turn-off. Belongs to El Questro. Accommodation, no camping. Entry fee applies.


End of Gibb River Rd. From the intersection it's 48 km to Wyndham (north) or 53 km to Kununurra (south).

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