Continuing on a 10 day Intrepid “4WD Darwin to Broome Overland” – Kununurra to Broome. (Darwin to Kununurra here).
The Kimberley is Western Australia’s sparsely settled northern region crossed by the mostly unsealed Gibb River Road running 660km through rugged ranges, dramatic gorges, semi-arid savanna wilderness.
Thursday 12 August 2021: Kununurra to El Questro 180km
Zebedee Hot Springs
Zebedee Hot Springs in the El Questro Wilderness Park are about an hour’s drive from Kununurra . It opens at 7am and we arrived soon after.
El Questro Gorge
To get to El Questro Gorge you need to take the rough road with a couple of creek crossings towards El Questro Station and then walk.
Emma Gorge, our third hike and swim for the day, is about an hour’s walk over rocky terrain through the Cockburn Range to a deep pool of bracing, fresh water.
Friday 13 August 2021: El Questro to Mt Barnett 350km
El Questro to Mt Barnett is about 350km and took us over 7 hours on the unsealed Gibb River Road.
Galvans Gorge is 14 kilometres drive west of the Mt Barnett Roadhouse and then a 10 minute walk.
Saturday 14 August 2021: Manning Gorge
We spent the day at the Mt Barnett campground so we could enjoy Manning Gorge and Falls.
Sunday 15 August 2021: Mt Barnett to Windjana Gorge, 250km
We stopped at Bell Creek, about 30km off the Gibb River Road for a final swim.
Windjana Gorge was cut through limestone which was once part of an ancient barrier reef formed around 350 million years ago when a large part of the Kimberley was covered with a tropical sea.
Monday 16 August 2021: Windjana Gorge to Broome, 350km
The Gibb River Road is sealed (except for roadworks) from the Windjara Gorge turnoff to Derby and on to Broome making for much faster travelling.