Kimberley Travel Guide Blog


On this "Kimberley Travel Blog" you find the latest additions and updates I made to the website, new trip reports that have been added by readers, and important travel news from the Kimberley region.

I also publish some updates I made to my guide e-books Destination Kimberley, Destination Top End and Destination Red Centre, information that you will not find on the website, but only in the e-books.

Another option to stay up to date with everything I offer is to subscribe to my free newsletter via the subscription box at the top.

Aug 31, 2018

Bogged in a salt plain - steps to help you get out

Whilst travelling Cape York, we came across tourists who had bogged their hire 4WD in a salt plain. We then tentatively went out to assist and in the

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Aug 31, 2018

Gibb River Road by 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

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Aug 17, 2018

Kimberley and NT News, Issue 70

As I announced in the last issue, I am sending newsletters less frequently now, as always during the later half of the season.

We are nearing the end of the peak season and unlike during the first half, there just isn't that much to report...

Having said that, here are the recent news, updates and reader feedback...

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Jul 09, 2018

Heads up!

Here are two additional items that arrived a few hours too late to make it into the last newsletter.

1.) Kununurra is currently seeing a surge in vehicle break-ins and the police seem powerless to stop it. It is recommended you don't leave your vehicle unattended for example when shopping.

Please remember that this not only applies to Kununurra. All Kimberley towns have had to sporadically deal with these issues. Always be vigilant.

2.) The car hire company Australian 4WD Hire was highlighted in a recent newsletter. The investigation continues and has been in the news again, here and here.

Jul 09, 2018

Kimberley and NT News, Issue 69

In this issue:

  • Recent opdates (Karunjie Track info, additions to Destination Kimberley).
  • Reader feedback on current conditions.
  • Future developments on the Mitchell Plateau.
  • I will be away from July 14 till July 21.
  • Trip Reports.

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Jul 08, 2018

Kimberley with Kiddos!

Dear Birgit, We just finished a three week road trip from Broome to Darwin, with the Gibb River Road in between, and wanted to say how much we enjoyed

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Jul 06, 2018

The Duncan Track, April 2018

There's just something so special about the Kimberley's, it's hard to describe but once you've caught it, she draws you back again and again. It's an

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Jun 22, 2018

Kimberley and NT News, Issue 68

In this issue:

  • Roads/Parks/Campgrounds Updates
  • The Kimberley Is Changing
  • Travelling The Kimberley With Dogs
  • Car Hire Company Australian 4WD Hire In the Spotlight
  • Duncan Road Video

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Jun 07, 2018

Travelling the Kimberley (and Gibb River Road) with Dogs

A Kimberley travel guide for adventurous dogs!
(Ok, it's for dog owners, really...)

I never mentioned or advertised it anywhere, but years ago I put together a little guide book specifically for dog owners.

It's already included, as a free supplement, with every purchase of my popular main guide book, Destination Kimberley.

This page will not replace the guide book. But it will tell you everything you need to know to decide if you will visit us with your dog, or if you'd rather go somewhere more dog friendly...

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May 31, 2018

Kimberley and NT News, Issue 67

In this issue:

  • Roads/Parks Updates
  • Bushwalking In Mitchell Falls National Park
  • Cape Leveque Road Being Sealed
  • Red Centre Way Sealed?

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May 22, 2018

Kalumburu Road Open

As of May 21 the Kalumburu Road is open all the way!

The road is open for high clearance 4WD only and extreme caution is advised. Especially the last stretch before you get to Kalumburu (some 30km) is rough (very rocky).

But tourists, also those towing boats and large offroad campers, have been getting through.

Just take it easy!

May 18, 2018

Windjana Gorge and Silent Grove campgrounds

Ooops! I forgot to tell you in the last newsletter that both the Windjana Gorge campground as well as the Silent Grove campground (at Bell Gorge) can now be booked online!

You can - but you don't have to - book your campsite online. Only do this if you are on a rigid schedule and know exactly when you'll be there.

If you don't, then just make sure that you will get there early in the day. Both campgrounds can get very full during peak season and sites are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The price at both is $13 per adult per night, payable to the ranger, in cash. You will need exact change!

Book a site at Silent Grove here.

Book a site at Windjana Gorge here.

May 17, 2018

Kimberley and NT News, Issue 66

In this issue:

  • The latest roads/parks updates.
  • More news on tourist destinations at Kalumburu.
  • Updates from the Mitchell Plateau.
  • Geikie Gorge cruise time table.
  • Flying drones in the Kimberley and NT.

Please note:
Since publishing the newsletter the shire of Wyndham East Kimberley has advised that due to ongoing grader work they don't expect to open the Kalumburu Road all the way to Kalumburu until 25 May.

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Apr 12, 2018

I will be away from April 13 - May 6!

Amit will be looking after you during that time if you have any problems or questions concerning any subscription or purchase. Amit can also reactivate your download link if needed. 

Sorry that I have to go quiet on you for at least four weeks at this time of the year! 

As promised in the last newsletter, here is the latest on the roads and parks in the Kimberley:

Gibb River Road:

  • Open for high clearance 4WD from Derby to Mt. Barnett. Grading has started from Derby.
  • Open for high clearance 4WD from Mt. Barnett to Pentecost crossing. The Pentecost is about 500mm deep, some other rivers and creeks may be deeper.
  • From the Pentecost crossing to the Great Northern Highway the road is open to all vehicles.

The Kalumburu Road and Port Warrender Road (access to the Mitchell Plateau) are closed. It could be 3-5 weeks from now until those roads open all the way, hard to say yet.
The Drysdale crossing is about 500mm deep (but difficult to cross due to big sand banks that the wet season left sitting in the middle of it).
The King Edward crossing is about a metre deep and flowing fast.

Parks, stations and gorges:

  • DPaW parks: Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek and Bell Gorge will open on the 25th of April. (This assumes the shire will open the road by then. Currently it is still closed. The road has sustained a lot of damage over the wet that the shire needs to repair first.)
  • Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge is opening on the 15th of April.
  • Mornington Wilderness Camp will open 30st of April.
  • Charnley River hopes to open within the next week or two, depending on when the shire will open the track in.
  • Mt Elizabeth will probably not open until 1st of May.
  • Home Valley Station expects to open late April.
  • El Questro Station is open.
  • Emma Gorge will open 1st of May.
Last but not least: Online information about DPaW parks, trail and road closures can now be found at https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/
(Old links don't work any more and there are no redirects. Mind you, a minute ago the new link wasn't working for me either...)

If you are about to hit the road, have a good trip!
Everybody else, you'll hear from me again in May. :)

Apr 08, 2018

Kimberley and NT News, Issue 65

In this issue:

  • Wet Season/Roads/Parks Update
  • Wongalala Falls At Kalumburu Accessible For The First Time
  • Know A Good Mechanic Who Wants To Work On The Gibb?
  • Reader Feedback
  • Reminder: I Will Be Away April 13 - May 6!

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Mar 23, 2018

Kimberley and NT News, Issue 64

In this issue:

  • Wet Season Update
  • Road Status and Condition Reports
  • Geikie Gorge Boat Cruises Can Now Be Booked Online
  • Update from Monica, Coping With a Vehicle Break-in
  • Reader Feedback
  • I Will Be Away April 13 - May 6!

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Mar 11, 2018

Kimberley and NT News, Issue 63

In this issue:

  • Wet season update.
  • Outstanding free Kimberley / Gibb River Road video documentary.
  • Mixed bag of news.
  • Reader feedback regarding driving on unsealed roads.
  • Guide book prices increasing.

Continue reading "Kimberley and NT News, Issue 63"

Mar 08, 2018

Kimberley / Gibb River Road Video Documentary

This is an outstanding free series of nine videos, documenting a 4WD trip across the Kimberley in Western Australia, including the Dampier Peninsula and the Gibb River Road.

Cinematographer Gavin Gillet filmed the series during July 2017 (peak season). He combines dash cam and drone footage with great commentary and helpful tips regarding 4WDriving in the region.

The video quality is exceptional, the material is edited and cut expertly, yet the series has none of the commercial brochure feel that you get from the usual promotional videos from the region.

Rather it gives you a very authentic look at what you can expect during a visit to our part of the world...

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Feb 24, 2018

Kimberley and NT News, Issue 62

The Broome region experiences its 3rd cyclone in this season. In only eight weeks Broome broke its previous ANNUAL rainfall record. How will that affect early season trips?

Also in this issue is the most detailed trip report I ever received. Fittingly, it describes an early season trip last year, after an equally big wet season...

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Feb 19, 2018

An Early 2017 Kimberley Adventure - After A Huge Wet Season

Our 3 week Kimberley round trip (Broome to Broome) was due to start on 23rd May 2017 and I began to follow the weather reports with trepidation. News of the biggest wet season in a long time kept coming and I wondered how we city slickers would cope.

However with everything booked and paid for, there was no turning back. So we set off on what was to become a great adventure visiting one of Australia’s most special areas – The Kimberley.

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Feb 03, 2018

Kimberley and NT News, Issue 61

This issue is mostly about the recent weather. Most of the Kimberley and the Top End is flooded!

Find out the details, see great videos and photos, some informative and some plain hilarious, and find out if it might affect your travel plans.

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Feb 03, 2018

Dust roads and starry nights

Some tourists find cycling along Amsterdam canals difficult. And indeed it is much more difficult than driving on the Gibb River Road (we experienced in

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Feb 03, 2018

Kimberley and NT News, Issue 60

In this issue:

  • Wet season update.
  • Liquor restrictions have been tightened in the East Kimberley.
  • Reader question: What would be the perfect itinerary?

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Feb 03, 2018

Kimberley and NT News, Issue 59

In this issue:

  • New permit required for Mitchell Plateau!
  • Wet season forecast.
  • Direct flights from Singapore to Broome being trialled in 2018.

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Feb 03, 2018

Kimberley and NT News, Issue 58

In this issue:

  • Climbing Banned at Uluru!
  • Recommendations regarding 2018 trip planning and booking.
  • Reader feedback, experiences, trip reports and questions.

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Feb 03, 2018

Daily budget for 24 day round trip Broome to Broome

I'm trying to decide on a daily budget for fuel/provisions/camping fees on a 24 day round trip Broome to Broome. There will be two of us travelling in

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Feb 03, 2018

Generator vs. Solar Panels

We are planning a trip on the Gibb River Road next summer in one of Britz's 4WD campers. We would like to bush camp as much as possible but are not sure

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Feb 03, 2018

Ayers Rock or Kakadu in June?

Reader question on my Outback site:

I will be traveling in June with two teenagers and I am interested in either going to Ayres Rock or Kakadu. Which area would be better if I only have time for one?

Answers:

Having been to Uluru once and Kakadu twice (the second visit being fleeting) I would probably go for ...

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Feb 03, 2018

Are the Kimberley roads safe for small cars in January?

My wife and I will travel from Broome to Muirhead in Darwin this coming January. May I ask if it's safe passing through the Kimberley during those days?

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Feb 03, 2018

Kimberley and NT News, Issue 57

In this issue:

  • Yeeda Station restricts access to parts of the Fitzroy River.
  • Historic "Statement from the Heart" issued by First Nations Referendum Council at Uluru in May.
  • Excerpts of emails and other messages from my readers, sharing their experiences and containing useful information for your own planning.

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Nov 13, 2017

The True Broome

I lived in Broome on two occasions. In late 1980 and again in early 1990 for five years. I returned this year after being away for 10 years. We took a

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Nov 13, 2017

Air Opus camper on the Gibb River Road...

I have a question at a long stretch - you may have an answer. I'm imminently looking at purchasing a Air Opus camper trailer for a planned trip on the

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Mar 27, 2017

Kimberley for Pensionable Road Trippers

We had our first taste of the outback in 2001 when we drove from Darwin to Alice Springs and rented a camper van from there. But 15 years later and now

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Mar 10, 2017

Magic moments at the Top End
(Kakadu and the Kimberley)

What an adventure to the Top End. We bought Birgit’s guides and they helped us so much to properly plan the trip and to adjust the itinerary all along.

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(Kakadu and the Kimberley)"

Oct 04, 2016

Gibb River Road in November

Hi, I've read up about the Gibb River Road and have one big question. I'm desperate to travel the GRR but due to my time frame can only take it on in early

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Jul 28, 2016

Mitchell Plateau 1970

I worked on the Mitchell Plateau in 1970 for AMAX Bauxite Corp for 6 months. Worked 6 days a week and on the 7th went to all the sights! King Edward River

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Jun 21, 2016

Whalesong

Hi Birgit, firstly, reading that the road to the Cape will be sealed is great for the locals, but it's such a fun road to drive, and such a great colour

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Jan 09, 2016

Unheralded Crater between the Bungle Bungles and Halls Creek

My wife and I recently returned from a trip to the Kimberley. On the flight back, we passed over a stunning crater formation that I'd never heard about

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Jan 09, 2016

Bell Gorge secret trail

I visited Bell Gorge in June 2015 and I really wanted to get to the lower sections where two other waterfalls are located. I followed the south-west edge

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Travelling to the Kimberley?


The FREE Kimberley Pocket Guide
A great introduction to travel in the Kimberley region and along the Gibb. This free resource will answer all the questions you might have in the early stages of planning a trip.


Destination Kimberley
The full Kimberley travel guide shows you how to make the most of your adventure at Australia's last frontier. Destination Kimberley includes the most detailed and most current guide to the Gibb River Road available anywhere. Also called "The Bible" by its readers.


Travelling to the Northern Territory?


Destination Top End offers the same comprehensive, detailed insider information for the tropical regions of the Northern Territory. Be the best informed traveller in the Kakadu, Litchfield and Katherine Gorge national parks and beyond!

A must have if you travel to or from Darwin.


NEW! Destination Red Centre is the latest addition in this popular series. Monica Coleman takes you through Australia's red Outback heart, offering all the detail and insider tips that you have come to know and love about our guides. With special emphasis on Aboriginal communities and culture.

A must have if you travel to or from Alice Springs/Uluru.




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