Driving Gibb River Road

One of the most iconic roads in Australia, this 647 kilometre mainly unsealed road is an adventure seekers dream! However, it can quickly turn from the trip of a lifetime into a nightmare if you aren’t well prepared.

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Driving on Gibb River Road can be unpredictable as road conditions are constantly changing, presenting unique challenges for even the most experienced travellers.

Before you head off, familiarise yourself with what to expect and plan for any potential issues, so that you can safely enjoy this incredible experience.

What is the current road condition?

Unfortunately, we can't answer this question as conditions may change rapidly and will vary throughout the length of the road. It depends on weather conditions, when the road was last graded and how much traffic is using the road.

The unsealed sections of road are graded 3-4 times a year, and a full grade may take up to two months to complete. The road condition may degrade rapidly depending on how much traffic is on the road, and by the time the grader reaches the end, the road condition may have deteriorated at the other end and grading will start again.

While the sealed sections of road are typically in good condition, the unsealed sections may have a good gravel surface or will be corrugated and rocky. The condition of and depths of water at floodways will also vary quickly.

Make sure you’re prepared by knowing the abilities of your vehicle, driving to the conditions and ensuring your tyre pressure is suitable for the weight you’re carrying and the surface of the road you’re travelling on.

 Learn more about travelling our great state in Driving in WA - A guide to safe stopping places - PDF (8.21 MB)

Acknowledgement of country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

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