Gibb River Rd - Kimberly’s WA

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  1. snarley

    snarley Been here awhile

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    Hey all,

    As part of an 11k km adventure planned for July 2018 from the ACT to Broome and back i will be travelling the Gibb River Rd in the Kimberly’s.

    Im after some stories from you guys that have done this stretch of rd before. In particular the river crossings.

    July seems a good time to go, during the dry, cooler and low water levels. Im riding a KTM990 Adv S.

    Whos done it on a bike?

    Cheers
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  2. mcguyver

    mcguyver Long timer

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    I did it a few years ago. No major problems with the creek crossings. They were pretty shallow and I dont imagine you would have any issue min July. The Pentecost is the big one that everyone talks about. It is basically all round rocks so can be a bit tricky, but nothing too difficult. Dont fall in though. Lots of snapping handbags hang round there.
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  3. dave43

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    7 years ago now, but was pretty easy. Road was good and rivers were mostly low. went across in June.. We took it easy as tourists, not hard core gotta do the Gibb riders.The following year the Durack stayed up into August I think. Main rds WA always have up to date info on the rivers and road condition.
    I'm sure someone with more recent experience will be along soon.
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  4. Squily

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    Plenty of traffic on the road. If you do get to a larger crossing, maybe wait for a car and ask them to transport your panniers across. Lighter bike, easier to handle, less damage if you do drop it etc.

    Some sections of the road can be very corrugated. Just check your bike for loose bolts and nuts and thingies every chance you get. Bigger concern than the river crossings.
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  5. horizonchasser

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    I had similar experiences as above was a few years ago though ,same time of year, came across a coach testing how rough the road conditions were.He was intending on bringing tourists through,he was very interested in my experience of crossing the Pentecost river on the triumph 955 tiger . I did wonder if he made it without help. Was shallow but wide ,had lots of soccer ball sized rocks that made it interesting.
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  6. Warin

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    Take it easy and you'll be fine. As above for the Pentecost, not hard just long and large rocks. Do visit the falls and things off to the sides. Take a digging implement for toileting ... other peoples not just your own :dirtdog.

    The Pentecost is supposed to have crocks ... I waited for a 4WD to go through first just to make a clear path. Also gets you a depth gauge.
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  7. neilaction

    neilaction Slightly Less Adventurous

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    Not sure if you plan to head North to check out Drysdale Station, Kalumburu and Mitchell Plateau.
    They are well worth it IMO.
    The run out to the Mitchell Plateau was the toughest track I did in 2013 and might be a handful on a fully loaded 990.
    You could do what others do and camp at the King Edward River and do a day trip to the falls on an lighter bike.

    Awesome part of the world.
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  8. gavo

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    we were there in June this year but not on bike, it was closed for a period due to flood damage.
    Sister and brother in law are working on it atm supposed to be finished in another month could be a good time to go if you can get there before the wet.
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  9. Jabba600

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    Did it last year was easy as just a gravel hwy Pentecost was a puddle but is a simple crossing in July
    Definitely head up to Kulumbaru that’s a bit tougher track but still easy on the bike
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  10. snarley

    snarley Been here awhile

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    What were you riding Jabba?
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  11. FLICKIT

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    Pentecost River 20th August this year:


    Gibb map.jpg
    I went from Wyndhem through the Karunjie track (also called the King River Rd on some maps) around the back of Cockburn Range across the mud flats to the Pentecost River on the Gibb River Rd, that's a fun ride, a little rough in places and some sand at the Gibb end, with an experienced rider it would be fine on a big bike....

    The Gibb was in pretty good condition when I went through, very few corrugations, nothing hard about it..... The road from the Gibb to Drysdale Station and on to Mitchell Falls was heavily corrugated, it was a mess, King Edward River was no issue.... I went out past Mitchell Falls to the ocean, Port Warrender, Walsh Point, that was a great ride, a fairly rough and rocky bush track and a little steep in places, probably not really suited to a big bike unless you're fairly experienced, I loved it on the WRR.... From the Mitchel Falls turn off up to Kulumburu wasn't too bad, a little rocky, lots of nuggets in the track to dodge, but it wasn't too corrugated... Kulumburu out to Honeymoon bay was fairly sandy, take the new road (it's signposted), the old road was lots of deep loose sand, I struggled a bit with it in the heat....
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  12. snarley

    snarley Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the video. The Pentecoste looks fairly easy.
    About the only thing thats a pain on the 990 is deep soft sand, so ill factor that into the route plan.
    Cheers
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  13. FLICKIT

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    If you want to go out to Mitchell Falls there's the King Edward River to cross also:
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  14. snarley

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    Yeah that looks fairly easy too, bit easier than that sand track you were on ! :beer
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    July they may be a bit deeper but they're nice solid rocky bottoms so they wont be a problem...
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    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum.

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    Lose the 's'. It's Kimberly. Singular.

    Sorry, but it pisses me orff that Australians can't pronounce our towns/regions.

    Rant over, have fun, and most of all; Plan well so that you don't have to hurry, as that's when you are most likely to come unstuck. Think like this, and you should be fine.
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  17. KIZ

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    Penticost is tidal so constantly changing depth
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  19. rossguzzi

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    Try to avoid...
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    Variety bash...Grrrrr. Unless you like being showerd with rocks from organisers car and seeing middle age men washing their undies in the Manning river !!
    Awesome region.
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  20. snarley

    snarley Been here awhile

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    You'd be fun on a camping trip....:smile6
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