Kimberley Flood Response

Flooding generated by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie in December 2022 and January 2023 caused significant damage to the sections of Great Northern Highway at Willare Crossing and Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley.

If you're planning a trip to the Kimberley region, please visit our Travel Map or call on 138 138 before you set off.

 Latest News : 13 September 2023

  • Read our latest media statement – Update on Temporary Crossings at Fitzroy
  • The two-lane low-level crossing, currently used by all vehicles and pedestrians to get across the Fitzroy River, is now CLOSED.
  • All traffic must detour onto the recently upgraded single lane crossing, 4km upstream of the new Fitzroy River Bridge via Forrest Road, Russ Road and Yurabi Road.
  • The detour is accessible 24 hours a day for all vehicles with the exception of road trains and Over Size Over Mass (OSOM) vehicles over 20 metres long which, for safety reasons, can only access the detour between daylight hours of 6.30am and 5.30pm.
  • Road Trains and OSOM vehicles over 20 metres long arriving outside of these hours will be required to park up at the road train break down areas on either side of the Road Train Assembly Areas on Great Northern Highway.
  • Heavy Vehicle Operators should refer to the latest HVS Update 34-2023.
  • A bus service has been re-established, between the Joy Springs Community and the IGA. A copy of the timetable is available here.

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