The Kalumbaru Road junction heads north from the Gibb River Road and leads to the incredible Mitchell Falls and and the Aboriginal community at historic Kalumbaru.
The first part of the road to Drysdale River Station is considered easy and is usually the best maintained section of the route. Beyond this, it deteriorates and can have severe corrugations, sandy patches and the driving can be slow.
Many people contact us and what to know what the road conditions are like for this stretch of the journey. There is no easy answer for this as the road conditions depend on what time of year you travel and if the road has recently been graded.
Early on in the dry season, around May and June, the road can be totally fine and pose no problems at all. Around August and September however, the corrugations can be deep and make driving uncomfortable.
- We have included more information about the road into Mitchell Falls and the King Edward River Crossing here.
- The latest Kalumbaru Road Condition report is here.
- We have also included a lot of information, photos and videos about road conditions in the Kimberley on this page.
Drysdale River Station
60 from the Gibb River Road, Drysdale River Station is a large cattle property that caters for travellers, supplying fuel, limited provisions, camping and some scenic flights.
Drysdale Station is the last refuelling stop before heading to Mitchell Falls. Both diesel and unleaded fuel are available. It is a popular rest stop on the way to Mitchell Falls and Kalumbaru.
There is also a cafe and bar with a beer garden. It’s one of the most remote licensed bars in Australia! The beer garden and bar are popular and there is a quirky feel to Drysdale which many travellers find welcoming – like a public telephone housed inside an old fridge.
There are also some amazing photos of wet season conditions inside the bar. The roads look like rivers and Mitchell Falls is completely overflowing with a terrifying amount of water. You won’t believe it is the same landscape!
Drysdale Station is only open during the dry season months – Kalumbaru Road is generally impassable and not officially open during the summer wet season. Generally, Drysdale is open from April – November (subject to weather and road conditions of course).
Tyre repairs are also available at Drysdale Station.
There is also an airstrip on the station which offers scenic flights over Mitchell Falls, the Prince Regent River and the magnificent Kimberley coastline (more info on this below).
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Camping and Accommodation
There are campgrounds at Drysdale River Station and nearby Miner’s Pool.
The Drysdale camp area has hot showers and flushing toilets. There is also a coin operated laundry.
There are also a limited number of powered camping sites for caravans.
Camping costs $15 a night for adults and $5 a night for children (5-15 years).
Rooms are also available at Drysdale Station, starting from $140 a night. Air-conditioned rooms are also available.
Not far from Drysdale Station, Miner’s Pool is a convenient and relaxing place to camp for the night.
The pool is a great place for a refreshing swim. There is a large shady area to camp and there are basic pit toilets.
If you are planning on staying at Miner’s Pool, you have to pay camping fees at the the Drysdale shop.
Camping at Miner’s Pool costs $10 a night and children are free.
Scenic Flights From Drysdale Station
There is an airstrip at Drysdale Station, and they have been offering unforgettable scenic flights for over 20 years.
The flights are a circular route that take in Prince Regent and Mitchell Falls. Along the way you will also be treated to magnificent views of Mt Hann, Deep Gorge and the Rift, then over the magnificent Prince Regent Nature Reserve. Follow the Prince Regent River, fly over unnamed waterfalls, King Cascades, St George Basin, Mt Trafalgar, Prince Frederick Harbour, the Hunter River, Donkins Hill Falls and the spectacular Mitchell Falls.
The flights are offered by Kingfisher Tours and Shoal Air, and prices start from around $399.
For more information about scenic flights in the Kimberley – read our comprehensive guide to Scenic Air Tours