With fellow off road racing enthusiast Kim ‘Fatty’ Howard, I travelled from Perth to Kununurra, via the Gibb River Road, for the 2007 Australian Safari.
The drive north was uneventful and, apart from a stop at Yannerie Pool, I recorded only the Gibb River Road portion of the trip.
The Willare Bridge Roadhouse is immediately on the north side of the mighty Fitzroy River, 30 kilometres before the Great Northern Highway and the Derby Highway divert.
The Gibb River Road turnoff is a further 36 kilometres north on the Derby Highway.
The iconic Windjana Gorge is 128 kilometres to the east. This is an easily accessible gorge in the Napier Range that has been carved through the ancient Devonian reef by the Lennard River.
The turnoff to Bell Gorge is about 95 kilometres from Windjana turnoff. Bell Gorge is probably the most famous of the gorges along the Gibb.
At the top of the hill overlooking Home Valley Station I got out from behind the wheel to take a break from driving. As I walked around the back of the vehicle Kim said, “We’ve got a flat!”. I said, “Yeah, I know.” He said, “No, not that side, this side.” I said, “This side!” We had two flats.
Changed them both and as Kim walked past front of the vehicle he said, “Hey, have a look at this.” There was a tech screw in the left front tyre. What luck. We crawled into HVS and I bought new tyres all round.
We drove into Kununurra for the start of the 2007 Australian Safari – the first in Western Australia.
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