Gibb river road in march

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 23, 2003 at 20:01
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Hi,
we are planning to do the Gibb river road in the beginning of march,
is it likely for parts of the road to be closed ?

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Reply By: Gibbers - Sunday, Feb 23, 2003 at 22:35

Sunday, Feb 23, 2003 at 22:35
More than likely ! A bloke called Roy in WA does a weekly report for the VKS737 HF Radio Network at
http://www.espalarms.com.au/waroads.html. Have a look....he might have a link there to
the Kimberley authorities.
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Follow Up By: Sean - Sunday, Feb 23, 2003 at 22:44

Sunday, Feb 23, 2003 at 22:44
was there last April and road just opened when Penticost dropped to 600mm. Even then not sure If I would want to be first across.

Keep an eye on the road reports.

Sean
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Reply By: Steve - Sunday, Feb 23, 2003 at 23:33

Sunday, Feb 23, 2003 at 23:33
Why not check the ' Road Conditions' section on this site and save us all the trouble of 'users' who don't bother to check the obvious ....
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Reply By: Coops - Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 08:48

Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 08:48
Highly unlikely it will be open especially given the very wet season so far. I don't think they even contemplate opening until Easter or thereabouts. Even if the road is open a lot of the stations/gorges will not have their roads open.
Suggest you ring Broome or Kununurra offices of CALM or take some of the advice alreday given
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 23:37

Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 23:37
Hi Dan,

We left Darwin about 2 weeks before Easter in 1999 intending to do the GRR. Waited around in Timber Creek, the Kunnanurra for a couple of weeks but GRR and Bungle Bungle access road all closed. In fact, there was heaps of water over the sections of the Great Northern Highway too. We were ringing the ranger up that way every few days to see when the road would be open. Eventually we were told that even if it remained dry for awhile, the GRR will not be open until the authorities are convinced the wet season is over. Can't risk having people stranded on the GRR if there is late season rain.

In short, you chances of doing the GRR in early March are remote!

:o) Melissa
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