One of the most frequently asked reader questions is – can we take our caravan on the Gibb River Road?
There is no simple answer to this as there are many issues to consider:
- do you have a dedicated off-road caravan?
- how good is the caravan suspension?
- what the state of the Gibb River Road will be?
- how fast you drive?
It is possible to travel the Gibb River Road with an off-road caravan, but you should definitely not tow a standard road caravan. The only exception to this is if you would like to visit El Questro from Kununurra (see below).
Things to Consider
- A Gibb River Road trip also involves countless side tracks and private roads, all of which add several hundred kilometres to the journey.
- Road conditions change in the Kimberley and especially on the Gibb River Road. Rains can wash it out, the river crossings can be deep, the road may have just been graded or it could be full of corrugations.
- Drop your tyre pressure and reduce your speed to suit the road conditions. This may involve driving at 60-70kmh and even down to 20kmh at times. The corrugations can be bone-jarring and will shake, rattle and rolls your van to bits if you drive too fast.
- If you have a serious problem, it is extremely expensive for repairs or for a recovery vehicle to rescue you.
Caravan Storage in the Kimberley
It is possible to store your caravan at the following locations. Fees start from about $5 a day, but your best bet is to contact each business for a more accurate quote.
Broome Caravan Storage
- Keshi Storage and Containers. Prices start at $55 a week (Ph: 08 9193 5343)
- There have been some reports that Allied Pickfords offer caravan storage (Ph: 08 9192 3108)
- Some Broome caravan parks also offer storage rates
Derby Caravan Storage
- Kimberley Entrance Caravan Park. Prices start at $7 a night/$35 a week (Ph: 08 9193 1055)
- Hamlet Grove Caravan Storage. 5km from Derby at the start of the Gobb River Road. Prices start at $5 a night with long term rates available (Ph: 0408911460)
Kununurra Caravan Storage
- Zebra Rock Gallery. Prices start from $7 a night (Ph: 08 9168 1114)
- Hidden Valley Tourist Park offers caravan storage (Ph: 08 9168 1790)
Off-Road Caravans Only
You should not even consider taking a standard caravan on the Gibb River Road. The suspension, axles and overall workmanship of normal caravans will not be able to survive a trip on the Gibb River Road.
All of the caravans you see on the Gibb River Road are off-road caravans.
Yes, your van may make it. Anything is possible. But your caravan won’t be the same. Things will have broken. Rivets will have been sheared off. If you like your caravan, do not risk taking it on the Gibb River Road.
If you are travelling through the Kimberley with a caravan and want to explore the Gibb River Road’s many attractions, you should store your caravan and consider camping in a tent for a couple of weeks.
The road from Kununurra to El Questro is now sealed the entire way. So you can easily take a standard caravan for this small stretch of road and visit El Questro.
Note: Once off the Gibb River Road, the El Questro station road to the campsite township is gravel, and there are several shallow water crossings.
For any other sections of the Gibb River Road you should only tow a dedicated off-road caravan.
If you are planning to travel to Michell Falls, it is not recommended that you tow your caravan the whole way.
The final sections of the track are steep and narrow, making for tricky driving. Plus it will be difficult for other drivers to overtake you.
You can store your caravan at the Drysdale River Station (Ph: 08 9161 4326) or at the King Edward River crossing campsite and do a day trip to Mitchell Falls.
The Bungle Bungles
Caravans are not allowed in Purnululu National Park.
However, you can store your caravan at the Bungle Bungles Caravan Park, or at the nearby highway rest-stop (this is obviously the less secure option)