Gibb River Road, likely opening date

Submitted: Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 21:13
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Can any forum contributor hazard an informed guess as to when the GRR is likely to open this year?
I am hoping to be amongst the first one thousand or so cars over it.
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 21:40

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 21:40
https://www.mainroads.wa.gov.au/_layouts/15/alert.aspx?ID=9951
From my reading of this it is open to high clearance 4WDs with cautions
Enjoy it. Last year it was as dry and dusty ... This year it will be green and lush
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 23:34

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 23:34
While the Gibb River Road itself is open to high clearance 4wd vehicles under 7 tonne, most of the 'side trips' to see the features are still closed, eg Bells Gorge, Lennard Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Mornington, station stays, Road to Drysdale and Kalumburu.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 10:18

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 10:18
We have made 6 or 7 separate trips to the Kimberley.
We have NEVER managed to get into Bell Gorge. Always too wet when we arrived.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 12:06

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 12:06
How disappointing Peter, yet you got to Kalumburu which is usually the last road to be opened. Bells is beautiful, and we camped at Silent Grove campground (the campsites along Bell Creek had suffered damage from a fire, and were never re-opened). We were lucky that in June 2008, although unseasonal rain had closed the GRR for a few days just before we got there, everything was open, and the rain had given rivers and falls a boost.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 08:44

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 08:44
Hominis disponit viam consiliorum.

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Follow Up By: Kevin S - Life Member (QLD) - Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 08:55

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 08:55
Thank you Sigmund. You have provided me with material to give Google Translator a run. It worked well ... I think. We didn't do Latin at Bulahdelah Central School.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 12:09

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 12:09
Ross, the campground anticipated opening dates (weather dependent) will give you an idea of when the different areas might be open.DPaW campgrounds.
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Reply By: Michaeljp - Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 12:55

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 12:55
Mornington station and charnley river station had a fair amount of rain the other day. Drysdale river had a bit aswell

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Reply By: Member - Nick & Jane C (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 at 15:39

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try this bridgit website

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