How to drive the defiant Ivanhoe Crossing in Australia?

Located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, Ivanhoe Crossing is a very defiant and remote concrete causeway. It’s known as the ultimate Australian river crossing.

Ivanhoe Crossing

What is the history of the Ivanhoe Crossing?

Located about 8 kilometres north of Kununurra, construction of the concrete causeway over the Ord River was initiated in 1948 and completed in 1954 on a rocky outcrop (cost was around £30,000). It was originally part of the road from Kununurra to Wyndham.

How long is Ivanhoe Crossing?

Tucked away at the eastern extremity of the Kimberley, the causeway remains in flow year round and it’s impassable during the wet season (generally from November to March) when the river level is higher, due to the fast-moving waters that surge across the slippery concrete. The crossing consists of a curved mass concrete causeway approximately 540 m long and 5.3 m wide. Depending on road openings, it may be possible to drive over the crossing, however it is important to bear in mind that the crossing itself is wide, and the current from the river very strong. If the gate is shut the level is deemed too dangerous for vehicle access.

Are there crocodiles at Ivanhoe Crossing?

The causeway was featured in the film Australia. Be aware of salt water crocodiles, so the area is not safe for swimming. Just for high clearance vehicles. Follow the safety signs and do not drive when it is flooding. Some people died here due to overconfidence and didn´t notice the risks. Please pay attention to the safety signage at the crossing itself. There’s a 15 tonne load limit on the crossing.

Road suggested by: jorge manuel gómez sánchez