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Date Registered: 11-2012
Location: Broome
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Gibb River Road "The Kimberley", with photo's and video!


I just thought I would share a recent trip that my wife and I did along the Gibb River Road. We drove from Broome to El Questro along the tar on day one so that we could travel the length of the Gibb home. Broome to El questro was around 1000km.

Here is a photo at the Eastern end of the Gibb

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There is around 30km of tar to start the Gibb prior to arriving at the El Questro turn off. There is a number of small creek crossings on the way into El Questro and with the rough rd we decided to air down to around 28psi.

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As it was late in the afternoon we decided to check into our private camp site and leave the exploring to the next day.

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Day 2 we opted to go to El Questro gorge. El Questro gorge had the deepest water crossing of the trip. We stopped at the crossing and waited. Waiting to see somebody else cross first, we waited and waited and nobody came. We weren't sure if there were crocs (high chance of there being) so walking it wasn't an option. We aired down to 16psi as it had a pretty sandy/muddy exit and decided to put the water bra on anyways (we have a snorkel). The first half of the crossing was fine until the exit when we dropped into a hole sending the water up over the bonnet. We had forward momentum which carried us through but the exit was very soft. With some side to side steering movements and a bit of right foot we got through. Unfortunately the Go Pro didn't get this one crossing and I wasn't prepared to do it again just for show. We got the return trip on video but I opted to go to the left and steered around the whole. A rental Pajero got bogged straight after us. He had 40psi in his tyres and no idea. I used my maxtrax and got him out as he had no gear.

The crossing was worth it. El Questro Gorge.

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After El Questro we did moonshine gorge and then saddleback ridge. Saddleback ridge is recommended for high clearance 4wd's with low range. With 16psi in the tyres still in first gear 4wd lock we set off. Majority of it was fine except for the last bit which required a bit more right foot than I wanted to give and we bounced our way up the rock steps.

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Day 3 was a short trip to Emma Gorge and Zebedee Hot Springs

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Day 4 we drove to Home Valley Station for a coffee crossing the Pentecost.

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We continued on to Ellenbrae Station for Scones and then to Mt Elizabeth Station where we camped the night.

Day 5 and 6 were spent at Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary. It is 90km off the Gibb and there is a radio at the turn off to check availability as they only take 25 cars per day. There was a space so we made the 2 hour drive in. We visited Sir John Gorge and canoed in Diamond Gorge.

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On day 7 we made the 7 hour drive back to Broome via Derby for lunch.

Below is a you tube link to my GoPro video of the trip. Really annoyed I didn't get the deepest water crossing but there are plenty of others.

https://youtu.be/aUWPZrwWPBM

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Hi Max,

Great report and excellent video.

Cheers

John

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very nice emoticon

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Well done Max and nice choice of music emoticon

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Thanks guys. Shame I didn't have the GoPro on for the deep crossing. Also I learnt a way to decend very steep hills in the xtrail. Put it in first gear, foot off the clutch and on the break while also using the handbrake. With both breaks I could control the decent without locking the wheels and sliding.

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Looks like you had heaps of fun and thoroughly enjoyed yourselves. I just wish my wife was exy minded and joined me on a few bush trails and beach jaunts.....oh well.
Great pics and vid.

As for your manual "hill descent control" well done.
The auto hill descent control on my T31 works fantastic. On the steepest of dunes and tracks the electronics take over and I only need to point the front wheels in the right direction......no feet on pedals at all....................so easy.

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Thanks for sharing Max...such a great looking snorkel, every off-road Xtrail should have one emoticon

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Thanks kev, wouldn't have done the snorkel without your input. I also put a pre filter over it for the dirt section and it stopped a lot of dust going in.

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hey max looks great
nice job with the video
makes me want to get back out

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maxgmoore wrote:Also I learnt a way to decend very steep hills in the xtrail. Put it in first gear, foot off the clutch and on the break while also using the handbrake. With both breaks I could control the decent without locking the wheels and sliding.



That is the correct way to make a steep descent, in fact you should never use the clutch, during a steep descent. If you need to stop, you should apply the brakes to the point where the vehicle stalls. When you need to get moving again you start the car whilst in gear and the clutch out.

Not sure how I am going to do that in my T32, which has a push button start and needs the clutch in for it to operate.

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