Sealed and unsealed roads

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Driving conditions on regional and remote roads are always changing, so it’s important that you’re prepared. Before you leave, always check the current road conditions to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trip.

  • Travel Map - Roadworks  and closures (including bushfires, floods and incidents)

Unsealed roads can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable. Inspections of unsealed roads take place regularly, however as this isn't able to be done daily, the conditions can change dramatically in between inspections.

The number and size of vehicles travelling along a particular route also affect the road condition, and the greater the traffic volume, the more rapidly the condition of unsealed roads deteriorates.

Dust, corrugations and loss of control due to skidding are road safety factors that need to be considered when travelling on unsealed sections of road. It's recommended that when travelling on unsealed roads, you travel in a 4WD in high range (4H).

Always drive to the conditions, with your headlights on low beam and stay alert. Read more information in our Driving Gibb River Road and other roads in the Kimberley brochure.

If a road has been closed, don’t attempt to continue until it has been declared safe and reopened. In the wet season, flooding can cause surface damage and wash away sections of the road.

Read more information about the dangers of crossing closed roads on our regional roads page.


Modified: 06 Mar 2019