The Gibb River Road is notorious for it’s endless corrugations and sharp rocks, and flat tyres are a common problem! If possible, it’s a good idea to take two spare tyres with you.
Some travellers will have no problems and won’t get a single flat tyre on their journey, while others will experience two, three or even more!
The best way to reduce your chances of destroying your tyres to is slow down and to reduce your tyre pressure. This will help your tyres cope with sharp objects and the corrugated roads, and should reduce your chances of a puncture or shredding a tyre. Many people drive way too fast along the Gibb River Road, and combine this with high tyre pressures and it’s no surprise that they encounter problems.
The Gibb River Road is a remote part of Australia, and it’s not always easy or cheap to get help. So take a little bit of extra care when driving!
If you do need help along your trip, tyre repairs and and basic mechanical services are available at the following points on the Gibb River Road (travelling in the direction of Derby to Kununurra):
- The “Over the Range” workshop at Imintji Roadhouse can repair tyres and mechanical work
- Charnely River Station can help with tyre repairs
- The Mt Barnett Roadhouse can help with tyre repairs
- Home Valley Station can help with tyre and basic mechanical repairs
- El Questro Station can help with tyre and basic mechanical repairs
- Drysdale Station (on the way to Mitchell Falls and Kalumbaru) can help with tyre repairs