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Forget the set itineraries and
hectic city life. Escape to the
northern Kimberley for a holiday
like no other where the tides and
the sun set the pace for your
this is one of them
Kimberley Coastal Camp
Australia’s Ultimate Coastal Retreat
There are a very few places in
the world where you can enjoy
fabulous scenery, gourmet food,
spectacular fishing, and ancient
rock art – all combined with
unparalleled hospitality in a
remote wilderness location.
One of the last true outback
drives, travel almost 700km
of unsealed road between
Derby and Kununurra for great
camping with spectacular scenery
of deep gorges, waterfalls and
Lennard Gorge | Step off the well-
trodden trail to see spectacular
waterfall late in the wet season,
and narrow, deep canyons all the
year round. Can be hazardous, so
extreme care must be taken when
exploring. No camping.
Bell Gorge | A popular spot, with
a waterfall and swimming hole
just 1km walk from the car park.
Fit walkers can head further
up to another waterhole, and a
magnificent view of the waterfall
and the gorge to the west. Camp at
Silent Grove, with flushing toilets
and showers. Fees apply.
Dimond Gorge | With 30m-high
cliff walls and abundant wildlife,
this has easy walking access
to bushwalks, canoeing, or
swimming in the upper reaches of
the Fitzroy River. Accommodation
at Mount Hart Station, fees apply.
Manning Gorge | This gorge
offers easy access to a clear, wide
waterhole lined by pandanus trees.
Check out Aboriginal rock art,
climb to a waterfall and swim in
the pools. Camping allowed on the
white sandy banks of the Manning
River, which is Aboriginal owned.
Emma Gorge | Part of El Questro
Wilderness Park, Emma Gorge
has a one-hour challenging
scramble over rocks to reach
a deep waterhole beneath a
stunning waterfall. Or just take an
easy stroll through lush tropical
rainforest to the thermal Zebedee
Springs. Fees apply.
Before you go | Remember this is 4WD only. Towing is not
recommended. Bring spares, tools and fuel – more fuel is available
at the Imintji and Mt Barnett roadhouses. It’s seasonal access only –
November to April – and travel can be restricted by flooding and road
closures. Check conditions before leaving. Park and camp fees apply,
and there are limited facilities. Get the latest Gibb River Road Guide
from the Derby Visitor Centre, or online at derbytourism.com.au.
GIBB RIVER ROAD
Getting wet on the Gibb River Road.
INSET The entrance to El Questro Wilderness-
Park (Photography Amanda Bridgeman).
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