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a VirtualTourist member asked on Mar 8, 2014


Travelling the Gibb River Road

My partner and I (both 65) are looking at our touring options for going from Broome (or Derby) to Kununurra.

I (Bryan) would like to travel the Gibb River Road and even travel back to Derby or Broome via the main highway in order to see Purnululu / Fitzroy Crossing / Geikie Gorge. I don't make a hobby of camping but I have camped "out in the sticks" in the Northern Territory many years ago and I would happily camp again in order to travel the full length of the Gibb River Road.

My partner (Elizabeth) wants to have a bit more comfort at nights but we suspect we can't afford the prices for the private accommodations along the route or pay for one of the "luxury" tours. She would compromise on a camper van but I believe most of them are not suited to travel on that road. We have heard of 4WD campers and a search reveals they are available from Broome.

I would love to hear from anyone who has travelled that route, either: -

staying at resorts along the way
budget (camping tour)
"luxury" tour
4WD camper

and what they thought of their choice. Would they recommend doing it differently to what they did?

Also, what is the best place to get a useful map of the area? I wouldn't want to take a wrong turn and end up lost; (with Google Maps, for example, I have to zoom in to even make the Gibb River Road show and even then it doesn't show a lot of detail about the "tourist" destinations along the route.

1 Answer

answered on 3/9/14 by
a VT member from England

Travelled the Gibb River Road back in 1999 from Darwin to Broome by tour company, if your looking for luxury I think it would wise to come a little lower down but saying that it was 15 years ago, was camping the whole trip and some of places we visited Like Kununara etc...didn't look like they had hotels just the pub. Will say the Gibb River Road itself is a real bone shaker, don't expect tarmac all the way.

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