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The Ultimate Guide To The Gibb River Road [A 14 Day Itinerary]

car going through the Pentecost River Crossing

One of the most epic adventures you can have in Western Australia is embarking on the Gibb River Road road trip.

Gibb River Road is the ultimate off-road journey with more than 70% of the road being unsealed and all-terrain. We have done parts of it when we lived in Broome working on a pearl farm AND when we did our 18 month road trip around Australia.

We haven’t done the full road trip as we did not have high enough clearance for the Pentecost River crossing and did not want to risk getting stuck in a crocodile infested river!!

Pentecost River Crossing, Gibb River Road

If you’re thinking about driving the Gibb River Road, you will need a high-clearance 4WD vehicle, adequate supplies, and fuel, and a thorough understanding of road conditions and potential hazards to make it from one end to the other without a hitch. 

This is why we’ve prepared this guide so you can embark on this incredible adventure completely prepared and clued up on what to expect.

History of the Gibb River Road

road through el questro
El Questro

The Gibb River Road is a 660km road that extends from Derby to Kununurra in Western Australia that was originally built as a cattle route in the 1960s, connecting the remote cattle station of the Kimberley area.

Covering nearly 423,000 square kilometers, the Kimberley region of Western Australia is one of the most sparsely populated areas on Earth, making it a haven for adventurers seeking solitude and unspoiled natural beauty.

Today, it’s a popular scenic drive that takes you through the heart of the Kimberley, which is known for its stunning natural beauty. Along the way, road trippers will pass towering gorges, crystal-clear waterfalls, and miles and miles of rugged, untamed landscapes.

The coastline is equally breathtaking, featuring some of the world’s most pristine beaches, untouched coral atolls, and rugged islands teeming with diverse marine life.

Cape Leveque, Western Australia
Kimberley coastline

The road’s popularity as a scenic drive has grown exponentially in recent years, as more travelers are seeking out off-the-beaten-path adventures in Australia. 

While The Gibb River Road has grown in popularity, the road hasn’t changed much since it was a former cattle route and is also known for its challenging and adventurous terrain, which is a mix of sealed and unsealed sections, river crossings, loose gravel, and rough, rocky terrain.

Be prepared for the remote and isolated nature of the road, with limited access to services and facilities, including cell service, gas…

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