I suspect the Gibb River Road (GRR) will one day be paved. Probably because of mining exploration/exploitation, or possibly so the nomads can access it. While it remains a dirt road it hangs onto its tag as one of Australia’s great treks as it winds through the heart of the Kimberley. However with its popularity increasing yearly, the remoteness and adventuring character is beginning to diminish. We thought we would give it a go, from start to finish, to check out this amazing part of Australia.
The road itself has many tales, however the beauty lies in diversions off its path. The cattle stations form the life blood, and each pastoral lease has the most amazing hidden scenery and landscapes. We are blessed that they open the properties up to travellers. Like fellow lappers, we too were asking ourselves if we found this gorge on our property would we share it with the big wide world ?
Luckily for us, our timing meant that we largely had things to ourselves, passing the odd vehicle each day, exploring gorges alone, and meeting only a few other campers each night.
So, here is our GRR experience. Ten days of gorges, walks, wildlife, dust, rattles and shakes. Our side trip to Mornington Wilderness park will chronicled in a separate post.
Beyond El Questro…
Next stop Ellenbrae, with famous tea and scones.
Onto Mt Elizabeth for two nights. Our campsite was shared only with one other family whom we met at El Questro. We had campfires, cooked damper and avoided the bulls wandering through the campsite.
We explored Mt Elizabeth’s Wunnamurra gorge, having it mostly to ourselves.The gorge is on the Barnett River and comes complete with some fantastic Wandjina rock art. After crawling a very rough track through the property, and a long hot walk (v high Walk Severity Index) we stumbled upon…
On the way to Mornington we stopped for a few hours at Galvans Gorge. Smaller and close to the GRR, it had a very low Walk Severity Index which meant the whingeometer did not register any readings. It was a fantastic waterhole complete with falls and, what every waterhole needs, a swinging rope.
We spent a few great days at Mornington (Stay tuned fr axo1000’s blog) before heading down to Windjana and Tunnel Creek. With Jake and tug carrying an extra tonne of dust and the supplies running low, we had an afternoon stroll into Windjana Gorge before tackling the deep, dark and wet caverns of Tunnel Creek cave walk.
Burrowed through the limestone, Tunnel Creek winds its way underneath the towering walls. Feeling like Bilbo (or Gollum) we trod wearily in the dark, wading through the cold creek waters until we traversed the 700m from one side to the other. BloggiE even managed to wade through the creek the whole way.
Dripping wet, we hopped in the car for our last leg of the Gibb River Road, praying for blacktop and dreaming of Broome beaches.