planning a trip to the kimberleys

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Good day all : planning a trip to the Kimberley's & west coast coming from Adelaide up the centre to Alice springs from there could go to Katherine & across or go the Tanami , what do you think is the better way of going .
Also do you have any suggestions on where to go in the kimberelys & planning trips & tips : websites books maps etc
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Reply By: Injected - Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 01:03

Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 01:03
You could go up through the Tanami, but there are a few limitations. One is fuel supply as i beleive that the Rabbit Flat road house is closed, so not too sure where you would refuel. The other is what time of year are you planning? its starting to warm up now.
Have a look at its a good website with plenty of information.
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Reply By: Member - Richard W (NSW) - Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 06:32

Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 06:32

You should find some good info in members blogs.
My 2008 Kimberley trip report is here:
Kimberley Trip
Ron & Viv Moons Book 'The Kimberley, An Adventurer's Guide' is also worth while.

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Reply By: Kris and Kev - Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 06:48

Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 06:48
That is one huge question! We just did the Kimberley in June, July and August. Had one of the best trips ever. We meet lots of fellow travellers who came up the centre via the Tanami, but most were towing camper trailers and said they had no problems at all. We took 11 weeks for our trip; just over 15,000 k’s and spent $4572 on fuel. I hope you are intending on doing the full Gibb River Road. The road is about 640 k’s long; we took 4 weeks on the Gibb and did 3,000 k’s. Travel book wise, we mainly used the Hema Kimberley guide and our Camps 5 book. We also used our laptop to research on the way, info centres and best of all, ‘Word of Mouth’. Also, most guides are aimed at travelling east to west on the Gibb, we took the sealed road from Kununurra to Broome and then we did the Gibb back to to Kununurra. A lot of people had the Birgit Bradtke guide to the Kimberley. You can do a free download of her pocket guide, but the full guide has a lot more detail and is well worth it. Here is the web site-

Mitchell Falls

And you must do a trip to the Horizontal Water Falls!

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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 11:31

Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 11:31
Hi Nick, it all depends on how much time you have. Like Richard, I too have Blogs here from the Kimberley (and the Tanami) from 2008. We also went to Mitchell Falls and Kalumburu. Much more to see on the 'long' way round, which i would pick as the better way. My 2009 blogs continuing north from Alice Springs are not loaded yet. Like Richard, I too took the Ron Moon book, as well as other traveller's blogs for more detailed first hand descriptions. The Kimberley is the best of the best Australia has to offer.



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Reply By: Member - nick b - Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 22:39

Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 22:39
Thanks for all your reply's . We were thinking of going may june next via katherine Kununurra gibb river road , is this the long way , better way , more to see way !!!
If I was to go via the tanami & come out around halls crk then go up to kumunurra and then down GRR . Not to much to see on the tanami or what ??
Horizontal Water Falls! is this fly in only ?

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Follow Up By: Member - Richard W (NSW) - Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 06:34

Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 06:34
My preference is around the top and there are quite a few different route options and plenty to see. The Tanami is more of a shortcut either to or back from the North West.
Haven't been to the Horizontal Falls but understand it's either fly or by sea. Don't believe you can drive.
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Follow Up By: Gado - Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 18:01

Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 18:01
The Tanami road was a bit corugated but not too bad when we did it a few weeks ago - but it is quite a boring 1000 km. It is 600km between fuel stops at Yuendamu and Bililuna (both aboriginal communities). Check their weekend trading hours if you need fuel there.

Wolfe Creek was the highlight but there's not much there apart from the crater.

Otherwise if you go from Halls Creek to Kununurra, avoid the boring bitument and go via Duncan Rd - there are some great camping spots out of Halls creek and it's a much more scenic drive. Stop at Marella Gorge if you can find it, it's about 90k east of Halls Ck.

Kimberley roads can be pretty rough so don't compromise on suspension.

And there are quite strict restrictions in most Kimberley towns on buying grog so if you like your glass of wine, stock up in Alice.

Cheers, Gado
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Follow Up By: Zebra400 - Monday, Sep 12, 2011 at 05:11

Monday, Sep 12, 2011 at 05:11

Alice has alcohol restrictions as well. However, they are different from the Kimberley. It all depends what you like drinking as to whether you are affected.

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Reply By: BrownyGU - Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 23:16

Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 23:16
G'Day Nick,

We recently did the Gibb from West to East, many many must sees, but Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge are two!

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