5 Day ItineraryNorth Kimberley 4WD Experience


A legendary wilderness camping and fishing adventure that's truly on the edge.

Take a detour off the Gibb River Road four wheel drive (4WD) track and head deep into Kimberley wilderness areas few have experienced. Hike and fly by helicopter to one of Australia’s most scenic landmarks – Mitchell Falls – camp under the starriest skies and fish the richest waters. A 4WD is highly recommended, and some unsealed roads may be inaccessible during the wet season (September to May). Drivers are advised to contact the visitor centres in Broome, Derby or Kununurra to check road conditions before making the journey.

Best time: May to October


  • Gibb River Road
  • Mitchell Falls
  • Kalumburu fishing


You can start your Gibb River Road 4WD adventure with a direct flight to the exotic pearling port of Broome (from Perth, Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane) or the hub of the East Kimberley, Kununurra (from Perth). 

Exploring the west Kimberley from Broome, you’ll get to immerse yourself in some of the Kimberley’s most spectacular gorge country. It’s an easy three-hour journey to Derby to stock up on fuel, food and water for your first full day on the Gibb. Plan overnight stops at Windjana, Bell and Manning gorges on your way to and from the Kalumburu Road Junction and the North Kimberley.

If you’re driving from Kununurra, you’ll enter the epic landscapes of Kimberley station country. Be sure to spend a night or two at El Questro Wilderness Park and Home Valley Station on your way to and from the Kalumburu Road. 

You’ll need to allow at least 14 days to enjoy all that the legendary Gibb has to offer, or at least 10 days to travel half the trail to the remote North Kimberley and back.

Manning GorgeManning Gorge

Day 1:

Morning: Gibb River Road / Kalumburu Road Junction

Between the Gibb River Road attractions of Manning Gorge and Home Valley Station (249 kilometres from Kununurra and 633 kilometres from Broome), take the turn onto the unsealed Kalumburu Road to enter Mitchell River National Park.

Stop for a morning swim at the Gibb River crossing.

Afternoon: Drysdale River Station

Continue on to Drysdale River Station and choose from cabin-style accommodation or riverside and homestead camping sites. 

The station also boasts a restaurant, bar and general store.

Prince Regent RiverPrince Regent River

Day 2:

Drysdale River Station    

Spend a full day exploring the vast, ancient Livistona forests and savannah woodlands on foot, and encounter the region’s abundant flora and rare fauna.

Or take a scenic flight over Mitchell Falls and the coastal canyons of the Prince Regent River.

Mitchell FallsMitchell Falls

Day 3:

Morning: Drysdale River Station to Mitchell Falls   

Road access to Mitchell Falls is via the unsealed Mitchell Plateau track.

From the Mitchell Falls camping area, it’s a short helicopter flight or six-kilometre walk to the falls, and you have the option of following the walking trail to Little Mertens Falls and Big Mertens Falls.

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Afternoon: Mitchell River National Park

You can also access Surveyors Pool in Mitchell River National Park via an eight kilometre return walk from the Surveyors Pool car park.

Refill your water bottles at the pool and allow six hours for the walk.

Camp overnight at Mitchell Falls (fees apply).

Gyorn Gyorn (Bradshaw) PaintingsGyorn Gyorn (Bradshaw) Paintings

Day 4:

Morning: Mitchell Falls to Kalumburu Community

Head for the mouth of the King Edward River, at the northern tip of Western Australia, where you'll find Kalumburu Mission - the State’s most remote and isolated Aboriginal community.

Explore a rugged landscape that has been more than 1,800 million years in the making, a land that has been home to the Kwini, Gambra and Walmbi people for many thousands of years. 

The story of their ancestry is told in the ancient Gyorn Gyorn rock art (Bradshaw paintings), believed to be the oldest figurative paintings on Earth.

Afternoon: Kalumburu Community

By far the most popular way to spend an afternoon here is to experience some of the best fishing on Australia's coast. You can opt to extend your stay and spend a little more time chasing the ultimate catch.

Basic single and twin cabins and campsites are available. The Mission also features a museum, general store and petrol station.

Gibb River RoadGibb River Road

Day 5:

Kalumburu Community to Gibb River Road / Kalumburu Road Junction

Retrace your tracks south and break your journey back to the Gibb River Road with an overnight stop at Drysdale River Station. From here, you can return to your stating point or continue on to complete the full Gibb River Road experience end to end.

Important Travel Information

  • These tracks are only accessible between May and October and therefore this is the best time to explore this itinerary. Roads are often closed due to flooding between September and May (the wet season). The track may have washouts and corrugations, so drive with care.
  • An adventure of this nature requires drivers to take necessary precautions to ensure a safe journey. Some experience of driving on un-sealed roads is recommended.
  • Your vehicle should be properly equipped with at least: two spare tyres; water and emergency provisions; a comprehensive tool, puncture repair and first aid kit; gas cooking equipment; sunscreen and insect repellent. In the event of a breakdown, stay with your vehicle – it is easier to find than an individual.
  • There is also the option of hiring a vehicle and travelling in the safety of a small convoy led by an expert guide. Only a few local rental car companies allow access to the Mitchell Plateau and Kalumburu – search for hire companies.
  • There is no mobile phone reception in these remote areas, so it’s recommended that you carry a satellite phone.
  • Kalumburu is a 'dry' community and alcohol is not permit
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  • Park entry and camping fees are applicable at Mitchell River National Park and are collected by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) at the King Edward River campground.
  • Permits are required to visit Kalumburu so apply online through the Kalumburu Aboriginal Corporation or call 08 9161 3000. 

Trip Details




Gibb River Road 5 days The North West


Broome to Derby

222 km

Derby to Windjana Gorge National Park

152 km

Windjana National Park to Bell Gorge

133 km

Bell Gorge to Manning Gorge

86 km

Manning Gorge to Drysdale River Station

168 km

Drysdale River Station to Mitchell River National Park

188 km

Mitchell River National Park to Kalumburu

190 km

Kalumburu to Gibb River Road / Kalumburu Road Junction

267 km

Total Distance

1,406 km


Kununurra to El Questro Wilderness Park

95 km

El Questro Wilderness Park to Home Valley Station

49 km

Home Valley Station to Drysdale River Station

236 km

Drysdale River Station to Mitchell River National Park

188 km

Mitchell River National Park to Kalumburu

190 km

Kalumburu to Gibb River Road / Kalumburu Road Junction

267 km

Total Distance

1,025 km





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