Gibb River Road

Does anyone have any good free camping locations pref on water whilst travelling along GRR
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 22:30

Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 22:30
Gooday Tuck,
start with this link Gibb River road
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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 22:42

Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 22:42
A few years ago they shut down free camping at virtually anywhere that toilets weren't provided.

The National Parks campgrounds such as for Windjana Gorge and Bells Falls are nice.

The best of the lot and free is a bit off the GRR; the camp grounds for the Mitchell Plateau just across the King Edward River are beautiful, on a wide river pool, drop toilets provided.

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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 10:34

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 10:34
Tuck,

As others have said most of the camps that used to exist along GRR have been shut down and there are few options to get off the road for a bush camp. Have camped at Barnett R Gorge in the past but dont know if thats still OK. The camps at MT Elizabeth and Ellenbrae are good but not free.

Have a look here for heaps of Kimberley info.

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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 10:44

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 10:44
Most campgrounds on the Gibb only cost $10 a night per cple anyway , small price to pay for toilets and showers. Places like ElQuestro + Mornington wilderness camp while magic places charge considerably more $$$.
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 12:05

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 12:05
umm... in 08 we - a couple - paid $24/night at Mt Elizabeth and $20 at Ellenbrae. Have they come down since?

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 17:52

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 17:52
I think Alloy is referring to the DEC run campgrounds which are limited to Windjana, Bells Gorge and Purnululu - i can't recall any more.

The campground at Manning Gorge was $12.50 per person entry (day trip only or stay as long as you like) payable at Mt Barnett Roadhouse.

People were still camping at Barnett River Gorge despite the signage in 2008 ("but is says in this book you can camp here" - 2003 edition). Most of the station stays charged around $25-$30 per night for two, regardless of facilities.

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Reply By: Ian & Sue - Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 16:23

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 16:23
A really great website with lots of info which is regularly updated.

http://www.kimberleyaustralia.com/

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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 20:26

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 20:26
Basically what I do is to start looking for a likely camp site from about 3pm onwards. If there is no fence that bars entry to land and I think that there may be an open area somewhere not too distant from the road along such a place, I will go cross country looking for a campsite. In all my years of going bush I have never been evicted from a free camp. Landowners from time to time have come along and asked me what I am doing there at a particular point, but I have always been able to give a reasonable explanation. I have applied this method all over Australia and it works for me. I am fully self sufficent when camping.

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Reply By: Leroy - Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010 at 09:30

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010 at 09:30
Everywhere we camped last year you had to pay but generally the facilities were very good with hot showers and flushing toilets at some of them!
I found the CALM camps the better ones.

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