The Gibb River Road

Home Valley Station is visited by thousands of guests each year making their way along the challenging Gibb River Road - a 660km mostly unsealed road which winds its way from Derby in the state's North through to Kununurra in the East.

It is most practical to travel the Gibb River Road by 4WD and is not recommended for 2WD access at all. While motor homes regularly tackle the road with relative ease, towed caravans are not recommended.

Tourists travelling the Gibb River Road should be aware the road is inaccessible during the wet season (November 1 - March 31) and therefore closed. Those travelling at the start of the dry season (April 1 - October 31) may still face several large water crossings at swollen river and creek beds, suitable for 4WD only.

Whilst driving the Gibb River Road it is important to drive to the conditions - which for the most part, means taking it slowly in an effort to safely avoid the number one puncture villain - the Gibb's infamous sharp rocks - as well as avoiding the abundance of wildlife and cattle that gather near the road's edge at dusk and dawn.

Travelling at a speed of around 50-60km/h is a reasonable guide however it all comes down to how much experience is behind the wheel and the conditions on any particular day. Information about road conditions is available year round at Main Roads WA on 13 81 38 or at Main Roads WA - Real Time Road Conditions.

At a minimum it is practical to carry the following items at all times: at least two spare tyres, tyre change and repair kit, air compressor, spare fuel, plenty of drinking water, satellite phone, UHF radio, first aid kit, maps and contact details of Stations along the Gibb River Road.

Home Valley Station operates on UHF radio channel 1, duplex - which is generally transmitted to a radius of 50km from the Station Homestead.