After talking with a bunch of locals in Broome, we mustered up the courage to take on the Gibb River Road. Unfortunately for us, Wicked Campers stuffed up again. To make a long story short, they failed to have the 4WD automatic car that we booked and paid for. Instead, we got stuck with a manual transmission. If you were following me and Mom’s New Zealand adventures, I was having serious déjà vu. Needless to say, I will never be using Wicked Campers again and after this experience, I really need to put learning how to drive a stick shift high on my priority list.
It’s hard to define exactly where The Outback ends and begins, but Mom and I were certainly entering the heart and soul of it. The Kimberly is a large section of The Outback in the north west part of the country and from the pictures I had seen, is home to some of the most rugged and beautiful landscape of Australia. The Gibb River Road is an unsealed road from Derby to Kununurra initially constructed to transport cattle to the surrounding area. Imagine a massive 700km (420 mile) red dirt road that crosses over rivers (with no bridges) and has no barriers for stray wildlife. There are only two places along the way to buy gas and zero places to buy beer. Often said to be one of the wildest off road Aussie experiences, Mom and I were embarking on the real life edition of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.