The legendary Gibb River Road is an unsealed track with a length of 660 kilometres (410 mi) through the central Kimberley Plateau from King Sound at Derby to the Cambridge Gulf at Wyndham, in Australia. It’s one of the Australia’s best 4WD tracks.
The unpaved sections of the road can be impassable when wet. The road is often closed due to flooding during the wet season, which is typically November through March and the route will be swept away. The road was originally constructed in the 1960s to transport stock from surrounding cattle stations.
This trail passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. Driving the road is not an extreme adventure, but nevertheless requires caution and preparation, as it goes through very remote areas. The Gibb River Road conditions vary from bitumen to natural rocky earth. Whilst driving the Gibb River Road it is important to drive to the conditions - which for the most part, means taking it slowly in an effort to safely avoid the number one puncture villain - the Gibb's infamous sharp rocks - as well as avoiding the abundance of wildlife and cattle that gather near the road's edge at dusk and dawn.
Proper preparation is essential to having a safe, enjoyable trip on this road. You can drive most of the road with an ordinary car but for the most rugged areas, you need a 4WD. It is most practical to travel the Gibb River Road by 4WD and is not recommended for 2WD access at all. While motor homes regularly tackle the road with relative ease, towed caravans are not recommended. Travelling at a speed of around 50-60km/h is a reasonable guide however it all comes down to how much experience is behind the wheel and the conditions on any particular day.
The drive is one of the Kimberley's main attractions and is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera! The Gibb River Road takes you through the heart of one of Australia's last wilderness frontiers - The Kimberley Region of Western Australia. You drive through one of the wildest and most beautiful areas in all of Australia. You'll see deep canyons, colored rocks, waterfalls and rivers where you can enjoy a swim.
The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. Due its unique location and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. Tourists travelling the Gibb River Road should be aware the road is inaccessible during the wet season (November 1 - March 31) and therefore closed. Those travelling at the start of the dry season (April 1 - October 31) may still face several large water crossings at swollen river and creek beds, suitable for 4WD only.