The last few weeks have been filled with scenic gorges, amazing swimming holes, lots of dust and endless kilometres of corrugated roads. This post covers our time in Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley in Western Australia including the Gibb River Road (GRR).
We stayed at the El Questro campground for 4 nights. There are plenty of gorges to visit and walks to do. If you are planning on doing scenic helicopter flights and river cruises etc you might want to stay a bit longer. The meals at the Steakhouse restaurant were very good and not too expensive when you consider how remote it is.
The GRR has a reputation of being quite rough and when you are towing a caravan you need to take it easy. At the time we went through there was about 130km of the GRR that was pretty unpleasant with speed at times dropping to 10-15 km/h. The condition of the road changes each year and depends on the when the road was last graded/maintained.
If you are driving a 4WD (especially a rental) and not towing, you could probably drive much of the road at 60-80 km/h.
We were planning on taking the caravan up the Kalumburu Road to Drysdale River and then taking the Prado and the tent up to Mitchell Falls. But having heard stories of the road destroying countless cars, camper trailers and caravans and with some concerns about our brakes we decided to leave the Kalumburu Road for next time….
The trip is going well and we survived the Gibb River Road. I thought the caravan would be our weak point but to my surprise it has been the Prado that caused us more trouble. We have done about 9,000 kilometres so far and used 2,000 litres of unleaded. Stay tuned for my next post which will cover Karijini National Park and the Ningaloo Reef.