Gibb River Road May - June

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 at 11:54
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I'm re-doing the Gibb River Road, this time during May and June. My last trip was in 2009. Obviously there have been some changes. I'm anticipating the road to be open, depending on this years weather conditions off course. Who can offer information on this time of the year and road conditions, like do they grade the road in early part of the season.
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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 at 12:33

Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 at 12:33
I'm leaving the 1st of May from Adelaide heading to the Kimberleys via the Tanami. I expect the roads to be in better condition early in the season unless the wet season fininishes late. Creek/river levels maybe a bit higher as well.
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Follow Up By: kerbarb9 - Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 at 13:05

Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 at 13:05
We did the Tanami on our last trip. I loved it but there is a line on the road at the border. NT side is corrugated, the WA side was car destroying. I lost a large stone defecting flap off my car along with the exhaust.... I laughed. Seriously. But I just drove a lot slower to the conditions and loved that part of the trip. What is your rig Cruiser 91 might catch up with ya. We are leaving Adelaide 15/4. Your thoughts on the Kimberley is pretty much what I'm thinking.
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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 at 13:41

Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 at 13:41
Doing it solo in a white 100 series towing a off road van, still in the process of finding the right van though. Starting from the Fleurieu Pen, heading straight to Alice - Broome - Kimberleys - Darwin - Kakadu - Maybe the Simpson on the way back down. No time table and at a slow pace. Might take me 2 weeks just to get to Broome. I'll keep an eye out for a 200 with SA plates.
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Follow Up By: This Troopy Life - Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 at 08:39

Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 at 08:39
Cruiser - we are heading same direction around same time from Adelaide - up to Coober Pedy then west out along Anne Beadell and Connie Sue Highways before hitting Alice and Tanami, GRR then Broome. White troopcarrier. Should be on UHF 27. NSW Plates and fairly distinctive build.
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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Friday, Apr 06, 2018 at 07:42

Friday, Apr 06, 2018 at 07:42
Awesome Troopy,
i'm now leaving the 23rd of this month doing a lazy trip up to Alice via the Oodnadatta Track. May spend a few days exploring Alice before crossing the Tanami.
SA plated white 100 series towing a Tvan Canning, green rubbish bag on the Tvan spare.
Hope to see you out there.
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Reply By: OBJ - Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 at 13:24

Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 at 13:24
There is a wonderful lady named Birgit Bradke who does regular updates on conditions in the Kimberly, and she may also have some info that could be useful to you.

If you have not heard of her before, you will find her website at http://www.kimberleyaustralia.com

Hope it helps. Enjoy the trip.

OBJ
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Follow Up By: kerbarb9 - Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 at 13:36

Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 at 13:36
OMG OBJ I was trying to find her details because I used her information the last time I did it but I could remember her details. She is brilliant. Thanks heaps
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Reply By: 3ways - Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 at 13:24

Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 at 13:24
We travelled Gibb road about same time last year and found it in very good condition. Check when the charity bike ride from Derby to Elquestro is on this year, they had graded road for them. We had to wait for western attraction to open up due to late cyclone.
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Follow Up By: Dean K3 - Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 at 16:53

Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 at 16:53
The wet last year was above average with delayed opening of Winjana gorge. Way things going so far reckon they will have another average wet year 2 cyclones down another tropical low over NT with a predicted 5 cyclones to cross coast this year

Came across the mountain bike ride on day they set off from derby back in 2014 caravan park full of swags etc woke up 7am following morning and they were all gone !

Couldn't find the exact dates they running this year but certainly road on western end was smooth as, can't say same as eastern part few weeks later - had to go via bitumen after suffering a flat and didn't like my chances of 2nd flat no way to repair them properly apart from temporary plugs.

http://www.thegibbchallenge.com.au/information.html

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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 08:31

Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 08:31
Gibb Bike Challenge:11-18th May
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Follow Up By: kerbarb9 - Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 at 07:40

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 at 07:40
Thanks DeanK3 and Crusier91. Yes the rain is unbelievable and I suspect there will be a delay based on what is happening at the moment. Thanks for the dates of the bike challenge, I tried to find it but couldn't. Thanks again
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Reply By: CSeaJay - Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 at 19:30

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 at 19:30
From 2009 to now, my guess is that the biggest difference will be more traffic, more people, more places booked out forcing you to make advanced bookings for campsites and therefore not allowing you flexible iteneraries.
With more traffic thee are also more people "in a hurry" showering you with gravel as they pass you at 80km/hr +
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Follow Up By: chas b1 - Sunday, Mar 11, 2018 at 13:37

Sunday, Mar 11, 2018 at 13:37
The ,,in a hurry is exactly right , asked some morons to check their speed on the cb I copped some abuse. then they came flying past like idiots Result one completely smashed windscreen. that was the end of April last year There would have been less cars on the princes highway, than the gibb river road,,everywhere packed in like sardines.. PS the savanna way was great The road to Windjammer was opened the day before I travelled
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