Travelling the Gibb river road up to kulumburu

Submitted: Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 11:26
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We travelling in a landcruiser FJ 40 1977, all has been done to the car fuel tank 175 lt (unleaded) , suspension, storage, etc... we also carry a canoe on the roof rack...
"Any advice is good advice" Any tips from anyone who travel that area recently will be very welcome. Leaving from Melbourne on the 11/05/2004 trough Ayers Rock, Fink River gorge, Alice Spring then on the Tanami. The two us will spend 6 weeks in the Kimberley. We will post a summary of our trip when we return, If it all.
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 13:03

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 13:03
Thierry,

Keep a look out for crocodiles when you are canoeing in the Kimberley. Some of the crocodiles will be larger than your canoe!!

Enjoy....

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 14:40

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 14:40
Took a kiak through the kimberlys and the top end - but only used it in the croc free areas there are many reported cases of crocs atacking canoes probably just the right size and shape to annoy a terratorial croc
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Reply By: SUNSEEKER - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 14:46

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 14:46
Hi Thierry,
You should have no worries as long as you don't get on to the G.River road too
early as it can be impassable up to middle May depending on the wet season-so
c heck conditions before getting up there.Also remember no "fatties" up there as
you surely will do some tyres.While up there be sure to go into Diamond Gorge
which is on the south side of Gibb River Rd.heading back to Derby--ideal for canoing with no salties to worry about .Allow at least 2 days in there--good camp ground.
Enjoy
Gordon(sunseeker)
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Follow Up By: Member - Brett H (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 22:06

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 22:06
Be vigilant and don't be too lazy to adjust tyre pressures to suit the conditions. This practice will save many tyres from staking. I generally run 22 to 24 psi on a heavy 75 series troopy while on The GRR or similar.

Have a great trip.
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Reply By: Salmon - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 17:33

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 17:33
There has been a hell of a lot of rain up there this season. You should be ok by May but worth checking with the Derby Shire Council ( they can advise who else to contact) as a starter as to the road conditions.
It will take quite awile to grade up a lot of those roads ( aside from getting the crocs out of the way )
Baz
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Reply By: Chris (W.A.) - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 14:40

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 14:40
Thierry,

I'd assume you be coming from the Kununurra end?
We did the Gibb last August and it was a piece of cake - there were standard motor vehicles on it.
The track from Gibb road to Kalumburu is rougher than the Gibb itself so you can't put the same classification on the Gibb and Kalumburu roads. If you take it easy you should be right, there's quite a few little dry creek beds you pass through so just keep in mind that with a full load and good suspension you can still bottom out if going to quick. There may still be some water around but I would suspect it wouldn't pose a problem.
When you get to Kalumburu stay at Honeymoon Bay, it's by far the best out of the couple of camping areas there - if you don't mind unisex toilets/showers which we found the only downside. A bloke stuck his head over the toilet door whereupon he apologized as he wanted to know if it was vacant - yeah right!! Heard of knocking?

Alot of the locals swim there but they tend to have a fairly relaxed attitude to crocs and we decided against it.

Also keep in mind that the store up there is only open during certain hours, not sure what they are but they do close for lunch for an hour or two.
Hope it helps a bit. Enjoy your trip you lucky bugger.
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Reply By: Thierry - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 14:52

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 14:52
Thank you for your tips, would you remember the average petrol price around the station and kulumburu.
PS was the fishing good
Thank's
Thierry
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Reply By: Member - Des - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 15:21

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 15:21
See the article on Kalumburu by Andrew Gregory in the current issue of Overlander magazine. Great pictures - looks wonderful.
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