School Holidays coming up, plan your journey

In the lead up to the school holidays, it is best to be prepared and plan your journey.

Published: 05 April 2023, Updated: 11 April 2023

 Travel to the Kimberley Region

The temporary low-level crossing over the Fitzroy River is currently closed due to rising river levels. The crossing is being closely monitored and will re-open when safe to do so.
Please check the status of the crossing on our Travel Map before setting off.

To access this low-level crossing, highway traffic will be diverted through Fitzroy Crossing on local roads, which are being prepared for the increased traffic. Road users are requested to take care and obey traffic signs when travelling along the detour, some sections of which are unsealed, and especially through the townsite where pedestrians are present.

The passenger ferry service remains in operation across the river, while river conditions permit.

Keep up to date with the current situation by visiting our Kimberley Flood Response page.

Access between Derby to Kununurra is via Gibb River Road. Subject to weather and river conditions. Please visit our our Gibb River Road | Main Roads Western Australia page if you’re planning this route. You can check if Gibb River Road is opened and any other conditions via our Travel Map.

 Travel to Exmouth for the Total Solar Eclipse

The Ningaloo Eclipse – 2023 Total Solar Eclipse is a rare astronomical event which will occur on Thursday 20 April, causing Exmouth to plunge into total darkness for 62 seconds as the moon’s shadow crosses the Exmouth Peninsula.

The Eclipse will track across the Cape Range, making Exmouth the only place in mainland Australia, and one of the few in the world, from which the event can be witnessed.

From Monday 17 April, Main Roads expects road user numbers to be more than three times the average as visitors trek towards Exmouth for a view of the Eclipse.

Traffic management will be in place on major roads between Geraldton, Exmouth and Karratha to provide up-to-date information, improve safety and improve traffic efficiency for travellers. This includes variable message signs, reduced speeds, portable traffic signals and signs advising which sites can be accessed for temporary parking.

 Driving on WA roads during the school holidays

Did you know that Western Australia has one of the world’s most expansive road networks? Covering nearly one-third of the continent, our roads span vast and diverse areas.

School holidays are always a popular time to travel, making our roads busier and increasing the risk of incidents.

Make sure you take the time to plan before setting off on your regional driving adventure:

 And don’t forget that double demerits are in place from 6 April to 10 April.

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