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Gibb River Road

The Gibb River road travels about 650 kms through the central Kimberley Plateau from King Sound at Derby to the Cambridge Gulf at Wyndham. It is one of Australia's most legendary tracks and provides plenty of side attraction in form of gorges, water holes, water falls for travellers willing to take some detours along the way. But depending on the day and season, it is very corrugated that can thoroughly rattle any vehicle.

Our travel on Gibb River Road was from east to west - starting from Kununurra towards Derby and visiting Mitchel Falls on the way.

Monday 18th June

Ivanhoe crossing 9km north of Kununurra, is a concrete causeway built over the mighty Ord River and remains in flow year round.

The current from the river can be very strong. Frankie coming back after a trip to otherside.

Below photo & video by Neil with drone.

Traveling west from Kununurra, we turned on to Gibb River Road to Kimberly Region. The road is very rugged and corrugated.

FoxRoo tyre pressure was still high so we stopped again beside Cockburn Ranges to airdown bit more.

A tourist bus after dropping the passengers on this side of Pentecost river made another trip back so they can take photos.

View from Cockburn Ranges lookout.

In the afternoon Frankie & FoxRoo pulled over beside the road for the night.

Tue 19th June, 2018

Birds near our camp.

Back on the road and saw a dingo - trying to cross to the other side of the road.

Cuppa time beside an abandoned car.

Appreciation of the abandoned car.

Tue 19th June

We went towards Mitchell Falls from this signboard at Gibb River Road where Kalumburu Road goes north.

Sat 23rd June

After visiting Mitchell Falls came back on to Gibb River Road and camped for the night at Kennedy Creek.

Sun 24rd June

Back on Gibb river road and came across the Hahn river crossing.

Passed by control fire.

Another photo op on an abandoned car just before Mt Barnette roadhouse.

Stopped at Galvans Gorge located 14 kilometres west of the Mt Barnett Roadhouse.

Galvan’s Gorge is only a short walk (1km - 15min) from the roadside carpark. It is popular with a small seasonal waterfall flowing into a horseshoe shaped pool.

Boab Tree on the top of waterfall.

Few kilometers west we reached Adcock Gorge. FoxRoo parked next to a Boab Tree.

Adcock Gorge

Adcock Gorge is a picturesque gorge with a swimming spot, approximately 5 kilometres off the Gibb River Road. The driving track is 4WD only.

The walk from car park is very short along the beautiful shady lily pond.

Spent the 24th June night at Frog Campground. It is about 5km towards east of Adcock Gorge turn off. (Photo by Neil)

Mon 25th June

Iminiji Community & Roadhouse. Fuel, snacks, drinking water and basic food is available.

Bell Gorge

Bell Gorge is about 30 km off the Gibb River Road. A short walk along the pretty Bell Creek leads from the car park down to the gorge.

Bell Gorge is the most famous gorge along the Gibb River Road and supposed to be the most beautiful.

After crossing the creek on slippery rocks, the track reaches base of cascading fall. It can be very busy.

The big sloppy rock is perfect to sit down, sun bathe, have a picnic or jump into pool.

A termite mound after Bell Gorge.

Back to Gibb River Road and a lookout before March Fly camping area.

Stopped for the night at the March Fly camping area.

Tue 26th June

Sunrise at March Fly camp.

Track is as usual dusty and corrugated.

Passed by Queen Victoria Head rock.

Windjana Gorge

Windjana Gorge is 35km off south of Gibb River Road. It is one of the Kimberley’s most stunning gorges, with water-streaked walls that rise majestically to heights of 100 metres.

Gorge walking tracks information.

The dramatic entrance to Windjana Gorge is via a narrow cavern.

Windjana Gorge is a highly spiritual place to Bunuba people and the Wandjina are the powerful creation spirits that reside here. Hence the name Windjana.

Inside the gorge the shady trail follows the river bank before going out onto the sandy river bed. This natural amphitheatre affords a breathtaking 360 degree view of the gorge.

Lot of bird life along the river.

Birds are always on the watch for Crocs.

Swimming is not recommended as there are freshwater crocodiles.

During the day they can be seen sunning themselves on the riverbank.

Freshwater crocodiles can grow up to three metres long, and are relatively harmless, unlike their cousin the Salt-Water, but they will bite if provoked.

Group of crocs basking in the sun on small sand bar in the river.

There is big sandy river bed beside the track.

Thu 28th June

From Windjana Gorge we drove south 35km to Tunnel Creek

The first part of the cave is about 800m. And the next cave is 2km return.

Full moon as seen from Ngumban Cliff, where we spent the night. It is past Fitzroy Crossing on Great North Road.

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