Explore the Gibb River Road
Explore the legendary Gibb River Road, an area rich in beauty, snaking rivers, hidden gorges and awe-inspiring landscapes! A Gibb River Road tour will take all the hassle out of planning your trip, and you’ll have more time to enjoy the wonders of the Kimberley. Here we look at some common planning questions.
What is the Gibb River Road?
The Gibb River Road is a 660km dirt track through some of the most rugged and beautiful landscapes in Australia. It’s located in the Kimberley region of North West Australia and connects Derby to Kununurra.
Should I do a tour or self drive?
Self driving on the Gibb River Road is a fantastic experience and it’s considered one of Australia’s top three road trips. However, because it’s such a remote region, a lot of preparation is required. Flooding is common and the road surface can deteriorate rapidly. A high clearance 4WD vehicle is necessary and some 4WD experience is advised. Joining a tour simplifies the trip and is great for non-drivers, people who aren’t confident with a 4WD those who are nervous about travelling through remote regions.
Where do Gibb River Road tours depart from?
Most Gibb River Road tours depart from Broome or Kununurra. The Gibb River Road can also be explored as part of a longer tour from Perth or Darwin.
What is accommodation like?
You can choose tours that provide authentic Aussie swags, luxury safari tents, motel rooms or bush cabins.
What are the vehicles like?
All vehicles will be 4WD safari trucks. Most will be air conditioned.
How much do Gibb River Road tours cost?
A 3 day camping trip costs about $600. A 3 day trip staying at motels or cabins costs about $900.
How many people does the tour accommodate?
Because a 4WD is needed to explore the Gibb River Road, the maximum number of passengers is usually 18. Most trips take less than this number.
Can I do a Gibb River Road tour all year round?
No, the Gibb River Road is impassable for much of the year. Tour operators generally run trips from April to October.
What should I look for when choosing my tour?
This depends on your personal preferences, but you might like to choose a tour that visits off-the-beaten track locations and doesn’t just skim the major attractions. Also look out for tour providers that give you plenty of time to hike, swim and explore.
What are the main attractions that I will see on the tour?
Major attractions in the Gibb River Road region include the Windjana Gorge, the Geikie Gorge and the Bungle Bungles.