Driving and camping on our road trip adventure in the Kimberley Western Australia is an exciting and spectacular experience. Several years ago my family and two other families set off on an amazing journey.
Part of our road trip in the Kimberley was driving on the Gibb River Road which has many beautiful natural attractions amongst the harsh surroundings.
The Gibb River Road is only suitable for four wheel drive vehicles and travels between Derby near Broome and the other end joins the Great Northern Highway near Kununurra, a short drive from the Northern Territory border.
These maps show the Kimberley region in Western Australia and the Gibb River Road.
Drove from Derby to start of the Gibb River Road to Bell Gorge - Stayed overnight.
Drove from Bell Gorge to Old Mornington Camp - Stayed 3 nights
Drove from Old Mornington Camp to Mount Barnett Roadhouse - Stayed 2 nights (planned to stay for one night but had to wait for the fuel truck to come the next day)
Stayed Mount Barnett Roadhouse – visited Manning Gorge Falls
Drove from Mount Barnett Roadhouse to El Questro - Stayed 3 nights
ElQuestro – visited Emma Gorge and drove to Kunnunarra
Our Gibb River Road Trip Adventure
We left Derby and drove to Bell Gorge, set up camp, the campground had basic amenities and plenty of shade. We walked to Bell Gorge, which was a fairly easy walk to the top of the Gorge. What a great sight, we were out in the middle of nowhere and there was this amazing gorge.
Bells Gorge has two parts the Upper and Lower, we saw the Upper section first then to get to the lower section, we went across the top Gorge and then down rocks on the far side to reach the bottom pool. It was beautiful and refreshing to swim in.
Old Mornington Camp
Our next stop was Old Mornington Camp which is now known as the Mornington Wilderness Camp. We set up camp once again in a unique setting, basic amenities were available - the hot water for the showers was heated by a wood heater.
Mornington Camp has two gorges named Sir John Gorge and Dimond Gorge. On the first we went to Sir John Gorge which is the Fitzroy River.
Dimond Gorge is about forty minutes drive from camp and downstream of Sir John Gorge. We hired canoes and canoed up the gorge and across to the other side and climbed the cliff, the cliffs in the area are very rich with amazing colours.
Mount Barnett Roadhouse and Manning Gorge
Our next stop was on the Gibb River Road was at Mount Barnett Roadhouse, we camped in the campground which was short drive from the road house. We were going to stay one night, but they had no fuel so we had to stay for two nights and wait for the fuel to arrive,
Manning Gorge was about an one hour's walk from the campground, it’s a beautiful swimming hole with a high waterfall.
We left early in the morning for this walk as it was going to be fairly hot day, we returned by early afternoon. The fuel truck had been so we filled up the vehicles with fuel.
El Questro Station
Our next stop was the famous El Questro Station which has featured on many travel shows, but they only show you the 5 star accommodation, the helicopter rides and cruise down the Chamberlain River.
Unfortunately the campground was very average, but we have found out that it has improved since we were there.
El Questro Station has some beautiful water features, gorges and springs to see that anyone can walk to.
Zebedee Springs is warm spring water flowing through many rock pools surrounded by palm trees that made it very shady and cool.
El Questro Gorge was stunning, walking in we were surrounded by huge rocky cliffs covered with ivy and other creeping plants with lush plants everywhere. The creek bed was really interesting as well, with rock pools to explore and many rocks to navigate across.
Emma Gorge is another section of El Questro Station. We stopped there on our way to Kununurra, Emma Gorge was about a thirty minute walk in, it is a beautiful big shallow rock pool with massive high cliffs, with water cascading down from the top.
Kununurra and Lake Argyle
After the end of the 'Gibb River Road' road trip adventure we continued on to Kununurra, Lake Argyle and Mataranka on the Stuart Highway.
Kunnunurra – went Barra fishing on the Ord River.
Kunnunurra visited Zebra Rock Gallery and Ivanhoe Crossing
Drove from Kunnunurra to Lake Argyle
Lake Argyle – visited the amazing Dam Wall and the historic Durack Homestead
Left Lake Argyle and drove to Mataranka in the Northern Territory.
The Gibb River road is an exciting spectacular road trip adventure although the surroundings can be harsh sometimes there is always something beautiful around the next turn or a short walk away.
For more information about the Gibb River Road this website has plenty of interesting first hand knowledge.
If you are looking for a different kind of road trip adventure try this website for a cycling challenge. http://www.thegibbchallenge.com.au/
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