GIBB RIVER ROAD

Hi all

I am in the stages of planning my very first big trip to the Gibb River. I would like to know any thing you may know that could help me along on my planning stages

ie: were to go, what I really need to bring for the trip etc

Also when is the best time to go and how much time i would need to travel up from perth?

your help would be great
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Reply By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 13:07

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 13:07
First thing to read is the Gibb River Road trek note if you have not already!

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Follow Up By: Johnny B Good - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 13:19

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 13:19
Are cheers for that ill have a good read


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Reply By: Member - John and Val W (ACT) - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 13:42

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 13:42
Have a look here http://www.kimberleyaustralia.com/ its one of the best sources of info on the Kimberley. There is much more to the Kimberley that the GRR. Spent a few weeks there last year, have a look at my blog.

Have a great time,

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 13:50

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 13:50
Firstly, what sort of vehicle, trailer and main hardware do you intend to have on the trip ?
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Follow Up By: Johnny B Good - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 19:15

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 19:15
hi there

Got a D 40 Navara 2.5 with all the fruit canopy ,full old man emu lift, ARB bull bar, snorkal all that stuff compressor etc.

Just about finished got to get a long range fuel tank and built in water tank roof rack
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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 14:53

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 14:53
If you have a look at the blog section at the top of the Forum page, you'll see a series of blogs from myself and John and Val all of which are coving the Kimberley, Gibb and some of the attractions. You should also be able to pick up a fair idea as to road and track conditions and what facilities are available in various locations.

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Reply By: WayneD - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 15:22

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 15:22
I did the Gibb in July/Aug 2007 and it was not as bad as I had read. I did hire a sat phone and made sure I had recovery gear, plenty of water and topped up with fuel at every oportunity.
I had a new vehicle and handled the conditions without any problems.
Just make sure when you cross the Penticost river you give the vehicle time to cool down before entering the water. Take your time it is spectacular.
If you are towing a van/ campertrailer make sure you arrive early at caravan parks if that is where you intend to stay, they are usually full by mid morning.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 16:43

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 16:43
We went through in June last year with our F250 and caravan, and just loved it. It took us three and a half weeks Derby to Kununurra at a leisurely pace. My blogs aren't complete as yet, but should be posted here soon. June is best - the falls and streams gradually dry up during the season, and in July there are so many people, including those in hire campers driving like a bat out hell, and cutting up the roads. Camps can get crowded. In June the roads were good, and not too many people. Be aware than if it rains (they had unseasonal rain during June in the past two years), roads are closed, because they get cut up easily. You may need to remain in a set place for up to a week, so you need to carry adequate supplies.

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Follow Up By: Johnny B Good - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 01:49

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 01:49
hi there i am planning about June July
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 18:30

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 18:30
We have spent 2 months in the Kimberley every year for the past 4 years (plus a couple of trips in the 90s before that).
Still have not seen a fraction of what is on offer.
Allow plenty of time.
See the link below for some slide shows.

Cheers,
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Follow Up By: Oldsquizzy (Kununurra) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 00:36

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 00:36
Not an OKA with a left hand front wheel bearing in front of the airport ?
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 12:02

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 12:02
Not in front of he airport Squizzy, but I did replace one on the side of the road south of Theda in '07.

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Reply By: Johnny B Good - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 19:21

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 19:21
thanks guys sounds great all that info. Ill be very busy reading all the l blogs. I am working up in the Pilbara at the moment and i can tell you we have had a lot of rain in the last couble of days
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Reply By: Colby - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 23:32

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 23:32
Jnny B

Check out all the good feedback I got on thread 65388

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Follow Up By: Johnny B Good - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 01:42

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 01:42
thanks for that will do, still bucketing down up here in the pilbara
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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 06:39

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 06:39
Johnny B,

hopw far inland did the rain reach do you know. Did Telfer and the surrounds cop any of it?
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Follow Up By: Johnny B Good - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 09:16

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 09:16
I very much say yes it is still as black as the ace of spades. It was very interesting driving a 300 tone truck in the wet weather every thing turns to sludge going side ways in truck is not fun. It takes skill and a lot concentration to drive in weather like this

but it al right i am stil here
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Reply By: madcow - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 07:46

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 07:46
Looks like it may be a longer than usual wet season up there it seems. We are up that way around the beginning of May. hopefully the roads are open!
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 09:30

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 09:30
Yeh it's not looking too good. I was planning on taking a punt and leaving mid April as I need to be back before ski season. I hope it all dries out quickly.

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Follow Up By: madcow - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 09:35

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 09:35
Yeh we'll discuss it mid march and see how things are progressing.We may have to delay it a couple of weeks. Lucky I have a good employer.
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 09:46

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 09:46
I'm accruing too much leave and being forced to take it now regardless. My partner has a winter job and her job dictates when we can travel. Also I called the canvas place you recommended and they didn't seem real friendly on the phone but when there in person were very helpful so thanks for that.

Leroy
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 10:13

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 10:13
Sounds like the Navara will be well loaded - my attention would therefore be focussed on tyres - in general terms, the eastern half of the Gibb has some very tiresome stony sections (the western half is mainly a good surface) - but taking it very easy with reduced pressures can cover the stones factor - I always take a used tyre case on my trailer case for such areas - just in case I blow one and the various roadhouses could be stuck for my size - if not towing though, places to stow tyre cases can be a space, weight issue. As well as Michelle's info here at Eoz, have a look at Anne's travel spiel on the Drysdale River Station site.... with enough time, you should find the Kimberley great ! I'll be back there !
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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:19

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:19
Be aware of the " bar" at Drysdale station , you wander up to have a beer or 2 and the next thing you know you've sat there for hours on end and the generators are shut down and it becomes difficult to find your campsite ,,, lol , magic place , magic people.
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Reply By: Member - Chucky S (QLD) - Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 10:45

Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 10:45
Hi Johnny,I live in Tom Price hope to do GRR in late April will get back to you and let you know how i went.
Regards Chucky
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