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Old 01-03-10
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I plan to do the Gibb River Road early June detouring to Mitchell Falls.
I have read that the Camp Creek Crossing near Mitchell Falls is usually 1 metre deep during the dry season.
I would appreciate information from anyone who has done this crossing and any precautions to take i.e. fitting a blind, etc.
I am driving a diesel NP Pajero with ARB suspension and 40mm. lift.
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Let the vehicle cool down a bit before crossing (diffs/trans) so they don't suck as much water in. I always carry a few blue tarps

Rough road - let your tyres down a bit and you'll be fine. If worried take a satphone and find out the local servo numbers.
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I plan to do the Gibb River Road early June detouring to Mitchell Falls.
I have read that the Camp Creek Crossing near Mitchell Falls is usually 1 metre deep during the dry season.
I would appreciate information from anyone who has done this crossing and any precautions to take i.e. fitting a blind, etc.
I am driving a diesel NP Pajero with ARB suspension and 40mm. lift.
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Hi,

I was there in June 2008 and the deepest crossing was the King Edward river on the road into the Mitchell Falls NP. It will really depend on when the rain stopped as to how deep the crossings will be but you can enquire at Drysdale River Station which you will pass on the way there. It took us a day to travel from Drysdale River Station to the Mitchell Falls NP campground. The state of the road may cause more problems than any river due to the large and never ending vehicle breaking corrugations.

Here is a pic of the crossing at King Edward River,.


We were in a stock NS Pajero so the water was a max of about 600mm deep. What I did apart from wade through and look for any big rocks or holes was to wait for someone else to come along. This allows for the car to cool down as well as you when you jump in! Camping along this river near the crossing is also great.

Just past this crossing heading in the direction of Mitchell Falls there is a track to the left. No signs and well used but definitely worth a look as is the next unsigned but well used track to the right.

If you are going along the Gibb River road, the Pentacost River crossing is the longest and potentially the deepest. This one is a definite wait and see as there are crocs around at the crossing. Again no problems when I was there. It will just depend on when the wet season finishes. There are many more water crossings along the Gibb River Road and the Kalumbaru Road and the Mitchell Falls Road but all should be no problem for a well prepared vehicle. Just take your time with the crossings. Most of the crossings are dry by August-September.

Have a great trip.

Have a look here for some more of my pics. http://picasaweb.google.com/kemsley.cope/Kimberly#
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Thank you for the information.
I am looking forward to the trip and hope all goes well.
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We were fortunate to travel through the Kimberelys in 2009. As mentioned above the only major water crossing to the Mitchell Plateau Track is the King Edward River. Was looking forward to the crossing, however the dau before they filled the crossing with rocks, was lucku enough to get the wheel rims wet. Anyhow most people travel to the King Edward River campsite, sped the night then travel onto the Falls,depending on condition can take up to 4 hours. Definitely worth ther trip.
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Our crossing was also on the low side, you can't get there now though as the river is at 2 metres :-) There is a real change you won;t get from Kununarra for quite some time yet as all that rain is flowing along the Penticost (SP) The Gibb is closed for most of it - we'll see how it goes. My wife is the fiance manger at the Broome visitors centre so send me a pm closer to the time and we can ask the station direct
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