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Gibb River Road - Cities, Towns and Localities
The Gibb River Road has always been one of Australia’s 'must do' off road tracks, that takes you through the heart of one of Australia’s iconic wilderness areas, The Kimberley Region.

Stretching over 800 km, the road runs from Derby to Kununurra connecting the remote Kimberley cattle stations and provides visitors access to some of the regions most spectacular, virtually untouched natural wilderness. Most of the road is dirt with some parts being gravel. The maintenance of the road is the Mains Road WA, who are continually making incremental improvements, such as paving some of floodways, and short sections of bitumen winding around some of the hill areas.

The road cuts through Barnett Range, Cockburn Range, Gibb Range, King Leopold Range, Mosquito Hills, Pentecost Range, and Philips Range, as well as providing access to scenic gorges, rivers and falls, such as the popular Mitchell Falls.

Derby was the first town to be settled in the Kimberley and is the start of the Gibb River Road, which meets the Great Northern Highway between Wyndham and Kununurra.

The Gibb River Road offers visitors the unique opportunity to experience Australia’s real outback, its landscape, the people and the lifestyle. Whether it is just the spectacular scenery, the cattle stations, or the rich aboriginal and pastoral history, there is sure to be something for everyone who comes to visit Australia’s Great North West - an adventure awaits you!

Check out our listing of Gibb River Road accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Derby Visitor Centre

Broome Tourist Bureau

Kununurra Visitor Centre

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Gibb River Road Attractions

Buccaneer Archipelago
A region comprised of between 800 to 1,000 rocky islands, some with small embayments and secluded white sandy beaches. The region is par of a ria or drowned coastline, with islands of ancient sandstone dating to the Pre-Cambrian age, some 2,500 to 1,800 million years ago. The islands are rugged and sparsely vegetated, some with patches of rain forest and fringing mangroves where silt has accumulated.
Home Valley Station
• Ph: +61 8 9161 4322 • Email
Welcome to Home Valley Station, an exciting oasis set at the foot of the spectacular Cockburn Range in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Just two minutes off the Gibb River Road, Home Valley is a must-see for all travellers seeking an authentic and unforgettable outback experience. We cater to everyone, from those wanting to sleep in a swag under the stars, to those seeking the ultimate in luxurious creature comforts. Our aim is to ensure everyone who comes to stay never wants to leave and we look forward to making Home Valley the highlight of your holiday!

Home Valley Station is a tourist destination and working cattle station situated in the East Kimberley in far north-western Australia. Home Valley Station specialises in genuine outback adventure tours and activities in spectacular Western Australia.
Horizontal Waterfall
The Buccaneer Archipelago region has huge tidal movement that ranges up to 12 metres. This creates a phenomena known as the ‘horizontal reversible waterfalls’ in Talbot Bay. The falls are caused by the differential that is created when tide flows between narrow island gaps. These tides and whirlpools caused havoc with the pearling fleets of the last century, with many sailors and divers losing their lives. The graves on the surrounding islands are a testimony to the dangerous conditions.
King Leopold Range Conservation Park
Gazetted in August 2000 by then Premier Mr Richard Court. Who emphasized at the time it was listed that this region of West Australia remains the only portion not to have seen native species become extinct since the arrival of Europeans. The park straddles almost the entire length of the spectacular King Leopold Ranges, one of the oldest ranges on Earth, and contains significant remnant rainforest pockets, and a variety of rare flora and fauna.
Prison TreeBoab Prison Tree
Located 7 km south of Derby, on the Derby Highway, is the Boab or ‘Baobab Prison Tree’. During the end of the 19th century it was used as a prison for Aboriginal prisoners, being the last stopover point for patrols returning to Derby. The ‘prison tree’ was able to hold a number of prisoners, with an entrance about one metre wide and two metres high.
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Gibb River Road Tours

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Seaplane, Scenic Flights - Bush Flight / Reef Flight
• DERBY WA 6728 • Ph: 08 9193 2680 • Fax: 08 9193 2670 • Email / Email
Charter Flights - Scenic Tours - Seaplane Tours. Depart from Derby, Western Australia and fly the wonderful Kimberley region. We offer great prices plus an online booking and payment service for your convenience. Operating in Derby since 2003.
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Gibb River Road Distance

The distance via the main highway from Derby to Kununurra is approximately 907 km.
The distance via the Gibb River Road from Derby to Kununurra is approximately 840 km, although a number of other websites show the distance anywhere between 700 to 800 km.
Source: Mains Road WA, Distance Book Page 54.
Distance to Derby and Kununurra
• Following are some approximate distances by main road to Derby and Kununurra:
Distance to Derby  
Broome 221
Fitzroy Crossing 259
Halls Creek 547
Karratha 985
• King Leopold Range 220
Perth 2,325
Port Hedland 765
• Willare 50
Distance to Kununurra  
Broome 1,044
Darwin, NT 829
Fitzroy Crossing 650
Halls Creek 360
Katherine, NT 513
• King Leopold Ranges 463
Perth 3,148
Wyndham 101
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.
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