Kimberley Self Drive 4WD Tours
The Kimberley region is as remote as one can get. Its landmarks are scattered far and wide, sometimes a few hundred kilometres from the nearest major town. Luckily, the last few decades has seen an overall improvement of access roads around the region, so travelling by four-wheel drive vehicle is a recommended way to get around.
If visitors don’t have their own four-wheel drive, it’s easy to track one down for rent at a car hire agency in Broome, Kununurra or Wyndham. These are the three largest settlements in the region, boasting several reliable car rental facilities. However, it is important that renters talk to the hire company about safety tips prior to heading into this remote corner of Australia. If visitors are not comfortable self-driving, then the next best option would be a Kimberley 4WD tour.
Driving through the Kimberley using a 4WD vehicle is no ordinary trip. Despite the absolute beauty of the region, there are still plenty of dangers that tourists need to be aware of, thanks to its unforgiving climate, vast expanse, and isolation. Remember that most roads are cut-off and closed during the wet season (October to April), and plenty of road signs will make this clear. Always take extra food and water, and motorists should tell someone their expected itinerary or path. Fill up the petrol tank at every opportunity, and drive with caution. Some of the gravel roads may look flat and clear, but their edges can often be soft, and corrugation of the road, especially after the rainy season, can cause severe damage if driven over too fast.
Nevertheless, driving through the Kimberley is an adventure of a lifetime. With a little planning, motorists should have nothing to worry about when driving through. There are two main roads leading into the region, the Great Northern Highway, which is well-maintained, and the gravel-dominated Gibb River Road, which bisects the core of the Kimberley.