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Re: Gibb River Rd

Awsome pics, looks like beautiful country up that way, i am going to have to head that way and check it out, Just have to talk the wife around...
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Re: Gibb River Rd

I know this is an old post now, but I am planning on heading up there this August. How did you go with the water crossings without a snorkel?
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Re: Gibb River Rd

I posted in this thread in 2012 (post #5), and last year did the Gibb in our Jeep on the way across to Broome, and towing our caravan.
When the road is officially open, the only place you may find really deep water is the crossing at the Pentecost, at the Eastern end - because it is tidal. Depth can vary from 200mm to 700mm, depending on flows. When the road is "closed" you would be well advised to keep off it anyway.
The depth changes rapidly here and it is interesting to park up and watch - a good practice, just to check out the crossing and where holes may be.
In the last few years council has upgraded the river bed on the crossing, and fills with rock after every wet- it ain't what it used to be.
If by chance any crossing looks uncertain, and you're not prepared to walk it (don't forget the crocs), sit and wait and watch - why would you risk drowning a vehicle way out there. Some idiot will be along in a rental that will check it out for you.
Our vehicle doesn't have a snorkel and I don't think you would need one for water on this road.
Dust is another matter.........carry a full set of all filters and be prepared to change them. I went through 2 air filters in 12,000k.
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Re: Gibb River Rd

Cheers John, we will be towing a Jayco Outback camper, I am reading up on the trip lots and taking note of spares to carry, like filters. Also trying to track down a second spare wheel for the trip. Can't wait though!!


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Re: Gibb River Rd

I don't think water will be your problem. Towing a Jayco on the Gibb may be though. The ruts can be horrendous.
You need to ensure the van is in top nick suspension wise, and be prepared to drive at a crawl if the road is bad.
If it is wet, the road can be 30cm deep mud in places.
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Cheers John, we will be towing a Jayco Outback camper, I am reading up on the trip lots and taking note of spares to carry, like filters. Also trying to track down a second spare wheel for the trip. Can't wait though!!


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By August as Ally mentions, the road could be fairly cut up and corrugations might be an issue. To some they may be horrific - others will blast over them - read my 2012 post.
Peak season means campgrounds are busy and best to be parked up early particularly if you want to find space for a van. Don't plan on free camping - it is very limited now, and the road is mostly fenced.
Depending on your plans you could go in from the East and park up at El Questro - the road is bitumen to the turn off. Leave the van there and from ELQ you can loop out to the Pentecost and check out Home Valley and back in the day.
Then revert back to the highway, do the Bungles (single axle vans are allowed in but better to leave the van at the CP at the entrance) - it is doable in and out in the day. A little tent and a bit of gear from the van will allow a night or so away for time to explore.
Go up to Fitzroy Crossing and turn north 43k past, do Tunnel Creek and park the van at Windjana, then loop in from the far end to Bell and the other close gorges.
Doing this you'll have done a big chunk of the Gibb and seen the major sites without missing a great deal or compromising the van.
If you plan to go to Drysdale or Kalumburu or Mitchell thats another story - definitely leave the van at Drysdale Station. Mornington will be a long dusty drive.
Expect lots of dust anyway.
If you haven't been up that way before allow time to stop a couple of nights at Parry Farm near Wyndham and drive the old convict road.
At the Derby end - fish and chips and beer o clock on the jetty at sunset is a must.
So much to do and so little time……..
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Re: Gibb River Rd

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By August as Ally mentions, the road could be fairly cut up and corrugations might be an issue. To some they may be horrific - others will blast over them - read my 2012 post.

Peak season means campgrounds are busy and best to be parked up early particularly if you want to find space for a van. Don't plan on free camping - it is very limited now, and the road is mostly fenced.

Depending on your plans you could go in from the East and park up at El Questro - the road is bitumen to the turn off. Leave the van there and from ELQ you can loop out to the Pentecost and check out Home Valley and back in the day.

Then revert back to the highway, do the Bungles (single axle vans are allowed in but better to leave the van at the CP at the entrance) - it is doable in and out in the day. A little tent and a bit of gear from the van will allow a night or so away for time to explore.

Go up to Fitzroy Crossing and turn north 43k past, do Tunnel Creek and park the van at Windjana, then loop in from the far end to Bell and the other close gorges.

Doing this you'll have done a big chunk of the Gibb and seen the major sites without missing a great deal or compromising the van.

If you plan to go to Drysdale or Kalumburu or Mitchell thats another story - definitely leave the van at Drysdale Station. Mornington will be a long dusty drive.

Expect lots of dust anyway.

If you haven't been up that way before allow time to stop a couple of nights at Parry Farm near Wyndham and drive the old convict road.

At the Derby end - fish and chips and beer o clock on the jetty at sunset is a must.

So much to do and so little time……..

John

What you have suggested is almost exactly what I initially planned plus Wolfe Creek Crater. Maybe I need to re think this!



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Re: Gibb River Rd

It is only an option for you - you could even take the van to Home Valley and then decide whether to continue after talking to travellers that have come the other way.
You'll want to go up to the lookout on the road above HVS anyway - just for the view and the selfie where the shot from the movie Australia was done (and there's Telstra signal there).

If you go round - the road up to Tunnel Creek (Leopold Downs Road) might be enough adventure depending on what has been done to it. Wolfe Creek is worthwhile as well, and lots of others to check out

None of it will be fun if something breaks or the dust convinces the missus she doesn't want to be there.

Enjoy - it is a great part of the country, and a brilliant trip.
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