Gibb River Rd

Submitted: Monday, Apr 18, 2016 at 15:29
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Subject to no closure - will a genuine 3 tonne off road van tow through this road please
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Reply By: Member - rooster350 - Monday, Apr 18, 2016 at 15:38

Monday, Apr 18, 2016 at 15:38
I have not been on it but have seen vans that have and they have been all shapes and sizes. it is a gravel road with creek/river crossings...I doubt very much if getting stuck in mud would be an issue as the country is very dry except of course for the rivers and creeks.Take it easy and just about any van would/should be able to do it.
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Reply By: Member - Brian B6 - Monday, Apr 18, 2016 at 15:47

Monday, Apr 18, 2016 at 15:47
Thanks for info
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Follow Up By: Member - kimberleybloke - Monday, Apr 18, 2016 at 16:52

Monday, Apr 18, 2016 at 16:52
G'day Brian, bugger all rain this wet season so road probably wont take long with the graders to get it up to scratch. On the wireless today the shire said that the National parks are due to open on the Anzac long weekend. Like others have commented, take it easy once it has been graded and you should be OK. Always pays to check with the tourist bureau, from whichever end you start from.
Cheers, Mark.
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Reply By: Notso - Monday, Apr 18, 2016 at 16:27

Monday, Apr 18, 2016 at 16:27
The brother in law took a Jayco Outback across it a few years back, I did it with an off road camper trailer. He only had his fridge pack it in. A full off road should be OK, Steady driving is the key.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Monday, Apr 18, 2016 at 16:37

Monday, Apr 18, 2016 at 16:37
Its a well maintained gravel road Brian - once the Shire declares it prepared and open for the winter season its a straight forward drive (but....some sections can be 'stony', so the usual tactics to prevent stones flying up from the tyres and dinging your hardware are still required). The roads info for that region that Anne has posted on the Drysdale River Station may be of use to you. Wonderful region - well worth the drive.
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Reply By: baznpud (tassie) - Monday, Apr 18, 2016 at 17:31

Monday, Apr 18, 2016 at 17:31
Brian,
We were on the Gibb in 2014 with our van which weighs in at almost 3ton, and didn't have any problems. Same story, drive to the conditions, and drop all tyres to 28-30psi, that's tug and van.
Fantastic area, enjoy.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, Apr 18, 2016 at 23:27

Monday, Apr 18, 2016 at 23:27
Hi Brian, YES. We took our Bushtracker along the Gibb River Road and up to Kalumburu in 2008. We ran tyres all round (vehicle and caravan) at 25 psi cold. The dips on the Gibb River Road are not deep, and we found the river crossings on the GRR itself shallow. The biggest danger is those who come bouncing around the corner at you driving like they are on an autobahn. You are welcome to see where we went via My Blogs.
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Reply By: Tony H15 - Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 at 08:46

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 at 08:46
We towed an on road Towtel camper across the GRR with no problems. There was only one flooded section that was very muddy and a number of vehicles were parked waiting for someone else to go through first. Eventually an old Mitsi Express went through followed by a CRV, Siera and a few others including us in our Hilux.
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Reply By: uncle arthur - Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 at 14:45

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 at 14:45
Hello Brian, if you want to know everything and I mean everything about the GRR then subscribe to Birgit Bradtke's webpage. Did the road two years ago and she was spot on with all the information and before each season she updates all the information. I think cost $20 but well worth it and you receive updates as she receives them. Fabulous trip to do. Good luck.

http://www.kimberleyaustralia.com/contact.html

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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 at 09:04

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 at 09:04
The last update I had from Birgit said that grading would be completed this month.

Her guide is well worth the dough.
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Reply By: Steve - Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 at 20:07

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 at 20:07
Hi Brian,

Nothing to be really put off along there but the condition can vary a bit. Corrugations can b pretty rough and might alarm the unwary but as long as you let your tyres down to 25 psi or less if it's rough you'll be ok. We went across the Pentecost river, which is quite straightforward to cross, as it is usually quite shallow. It does have mainly, quite big, but rounded rocks on the riverbed and our van lurched to such a degree that it ripped our 12 pin plug apart. Not too alarming but typical of some of the scrapes you might encounter. just get them fixed as you go. So basically, just take it slowly. There shouldn't be anything to stop you in your tracks,must a bit of shaking here and there.m
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Reply By: Member - Brian B6 - Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 at 11:37

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 at 11:37
Thanks to all who answered my queries re Gibb River Rd - your responses are much appreciated
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