Gibb River Road

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Hi. I'm new to this. Does anyone have any idea of the travel time from El Questro to Drysdale River . I'm in the planning stages of a Kimberley trip next July. Cheers.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 08:12

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 08:12
You could drive it in a day but I would allow two days for stops. If you want to cross the Pentecost at low tide that will restrict when you can set off.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wayne M9 - Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 08:26

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 08:26
Thanks Sigmund. Sounds like you are considering the whole GRR. I'm only looking at a section between El Questro and up to Drysdale River. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 08:42

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 08:42
Not really.

It's c. 350 kms. If you averaged 70 kmh that's 5 hours. Add some time for stops. That's a day's touring in my book. But that's the time it MIGHT take, not the time I'd *allow* as conditions vary and you may have to wait for the tide at Pentecost.

The river at Home Station is worth a look - go croc spotting - and the scones at Ellenbrae are praised by those who turn off the road to enjoy them. That's why you're out there right? Not just to eat other people's dust.
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Follow Up By: Ozi M - Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 09:03

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 09:03
Got to stop for the scones Mate !!!!

On the GRR I have been a passenger once and driven once.
The time I drove I was told by locals that the road was about usual, I did 60 - 70 most of the way quite comfortably in a standard Prado.
Of course, in the bad bits I slowed down and the good bits I did 70k, but there are quite a few parts where I could have gone faster but why would I ?
I stayed at Home Valley and Mt Elizabeth, took it easy, stopped for photos, scones, tyre repair, saw the Troy Cassar Daly concert........... great trip :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Wayne M9 - Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 09:07

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 09:07
Thanks Sigmund. No I won't be in a hurry so will check out the scones. I'm actually doing the loop around from Home Valley to Kalumburu, up to Mitchell Falls and back to Drysdale Station with Ronald Morgan and then continuing along the GRR to Derby so considering the drive back to El Questro (1. to cover the GRR section missed by the detour north and 2. to restock before heading west again). Some exploring around Derby, Broome and Cape Leveque and then yet to decide.
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Follow Up By: PhilD - Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 23:13

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 23:13
Wayne, sounds like you are doing the Carson Track. Hopefully Ronald takes his time and doesn't try to break speed records as the track to the Berkeley and a bit west of there is very gnarly and slow going, unless you want to break or damage your gear. Met some people a few months ago who went with some of the brothers and broke vehicles trying to keep up with them, whereas we got through with a little damage as we took our time. There is a lot to see off track, including accessing the King George Falls. A great trip when you see no one for 8 days!
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Follow Up By: Member - Wayne M9 - Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 05:46

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 05:46
Thanks Phil. Looking forward to the trip. I won't be trying to break any land speed records.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 15:19

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 15:19
None of the places mentioned by Wayne involve any part of the Carson Track...???

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Follow Up By: PhilD - Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 15:26

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 15:26
Peter, I deduce that if you do the loop from Home Valley Station to Kalumburu with Ronald Morgan, you are very likely going via the Carson Track.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wayne M9 - Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 15:36

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 15:36
Hi Peter / Phil. Yes I will be doing the Carson Track with Ronald. What I was trying to establish, which has now been done thanks to everyone's input, was how long I would need, to travel from Drysdale Station back to EQ. before heading west again across the GRR. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 16:37

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 16:37
OK.........in 2007 it took us (in convoy with 2 Landcruisers) the best part of 3 days to drive from Home Valley to Oomi, a distance of about 86km.
In 2006 we had explored Carson Station (including the King George Falls) and that end is not much issue.
The bit you enquire about is a highway in comparison.

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Follow Up By: PhilD - Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 17:16

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 17:16
Peter, I found the track to the King George River from the Carson Track back in July and walked the final 4.5 kms overland to the falls, thanks to your help and that of others who also had knowledge of the area. The track from Oombi to Home Valley was slow going and took us a couple of days, so it wasn't as bad as in 2007.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 09:19

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 09:19
Took us approx. 7 hrs driving this August going other way and driving pretty slow, around 60km due to corrugation Wayne.


Drysdale to Ellenb (2:09 134km )
Ellenb to Durack river free camp (0:40 26km)
Durack to Home Valley (2:40 86km)
Home Valley to EL Q ( 1:20 51km )
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Follow Up By: Member - Wayne M9 - Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 09:41

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 09:41
Thanks Robin much appreciated.
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Reply By: Dean K3 - Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 11:19

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 11:19
Life is about the journey not the destination.

Plenty to see n do, I wouldn't give myself a exact timeline rushing to keep to a timetable only adds to increased risk of tyre damage mechanical failure and worse of all driver fatigue and potential accident.

I did a little run from el questro to home valley and return and that was more less enough for me for a day, allowing for some unsuccessful fishing at Pentecost river

twin spare a must or ability to repair yourself or minimum of a spare tyre carcass

As a mate of mine says : Hurry up and take your time
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Reply By: Top End Az - Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 11:42

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 11:42
I'm not sure of yuor schedule but allow the day to do it. You won't get much over 60 or 70kph anyway. After the obligatory photos of the Pentecoste River crossing, the scones at Ellenbrae Station, and allowing for rough roads it will take you much of the day.
Depending on when the grader last went through, the Kalumbaru Rd is usually pretty rough and chopped up and is heavily corrugated. Airing your tyres down a bit helps a bit, but just a heads up.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 12:53

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 12:53
HI Wayne,
I just opened the Windows version of ExplorOz Traveller I have running on my desktop computer and opened the Gibb River Road Trek Note (because it has offline autorouting and timings). I removed all the Place (waypoints) that you didn't need, and was just left with the section you're looking for: El Questro to Drysdale River (Station). This is what I got in the Nav Plan... total 265.1km driving time 6 hours 14 minutes.

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Follow Up By: Member - Wayne M9 - Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 14:17

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 14:17
Thanks Michelle. I was playing with the Traveller this morning and hadn't tried that but will investigate the whole trip in more detail. I've had some great feedback as you would have seen. All much appreciated. Cheers
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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 18:44

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 18:44
We were towing and touring, so not in a hurry. On the road to Kalumburu we travelled 100 kilometre in three hours. Leaving Drysdale River Station at an easy time in the morning (not first thing), we had an overnight stop before getting the El Questro.

Depending on road conditions, especially if not towing, fitting into one day sounds feasible, but if doing forward planning now perhaps allow flexibility for a possible extra day in case roads are bad.
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Reply By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Friday, Dec 01, 2017 at 19:45

Friday, Dec 01, 2017 at 19:45
I did the trip this past June (not towing), and from Drysdale River Stn, stopping at Ellenbrae for morning tea and then to Home Valley Stn with the obligatory photo stops along the way took us 7 hours of easy driving. EQ from HVS is only 90 minutes away and a dead easy drive and that's allowing for photos and playing silly buggers at the Pentecost River.

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