Gibb River Road
Travelling the Gibb River Road
The Gibb River Road, one of Australia’s true outback 4WD experiences, extends from Derby to Kununurra. The road opens at the end of the wet season, usually late April, and can normally be driven on until late September. The Gibb River Road is unsealed from just beyond Derby until 60km outside Kununurra. The 712km of 4WD terrain takes in stunning gorges, vast cattle stations and rugged panoramic ranges. We would recommend a minimum of 6 nights to truly get the best out of your trip.
The Gibb River Road is graded at the start of the season and is mainly rocky earth. It is only suitable for large 4WD vehicles and not recommended for towing caravans, trailers and boats. The road can become very corrugated as the touring season continues. As a guide the average travelling speed is 60 to 80km per hour. We would recommend anyone with a back condition to be conscious of how jarring the road can be.
Kununurra, the hub of the East Kimberley, was originally built in the early 1960’s to serve the Ord River irrigation project. It has now become a vibrant town of approximately 7,000 people and it is the perfect base for visiting such icons as Lake Argyle, the Ord River, El Questro Wilderness Park, the Argyle Diamond Mine and the unique Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park.
For more information about the wider Kimberley region, including driving distances, calendar of events and school holiday dates, please see our Kimberley Guide.