WPC: Threshold

There is a special experience for hardy travellers when traversing The Kimberley in Western Australia. It is that moment when you realise you are on the iconic Gibb River Road. This is a former cattle route stretching 660 kms (410 miles) from the Kununurra/Wyndham junction in the east to Derby in the west. There are only two stores and fuel stops along the road, scattered homesteads, and it is often under water in the Wet! We timed our trip to coincide with the expected opening time of the Gibb River Road, but late rains almost prevented us travelling. Fortunately the road was open only days before we started on it. The threshold is the first river crossing, the Pentecost River, which can be over one metre deep and over 60 metres wide. It was fairly low when we went through, but a tour group parked at the other bank watched and cheered as we came across!

Pentecost River Crossing

Pentecost River Crossing

All the hype makes the crossing memorable! You just have to drive slowly and carefully, and ideally have a 4WD vehicle with a snorkel.

Pentecost River

Pentecost River

We were actually deeper in the El Questro Gorge crossing, when water washed up over the bonnet of the camper. That crossing is not wide, but the entry and exit points are steeper, so it was interesting!

Deep ford at El Questro Gorge

Deep ford at El Questro Gorge

The prettiest river crossing was a little further down the Gibb, where it met the Durack River. We pulled over to watch an oncoming car go through, and enjoyed the birds and wildlife so much we waited there quite a while before going on. Each crossing is a threshold, and entry point into the the next stage of the journey on one of the world’s most famous wilderness roads.

Durack River Crossing

Durack River Crossing

Krista, at Daily Post says “A threshold is a point of entering; that pointย just beforeย a new beginning โ€” that split-second moment in time, full of anticipation. All the hard work is over; relief is palpable.” Why not drop over and see some more thresholds for yourself?

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25 thoughts on “WPC: Threshold

  1. When we “did” Gibb River Road, It was totally the DRY season! We had a Ford Maverick and were towing a (home made) camper trailer with a dinghy mounted above the tent roof (very PRIMITIVE) But we certainly didn’t have the MESS that caravans and more up-market campers had after traversing the GRR………..all part of the great adventure!

  2. I was glad, when I began to read, that these sooooo Australian watery thresholds were on the Gibb River Road and not on your road into town! It looked as though you were going to cop it again the other day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • yes we did get another 80ml, but it made working in the garden very pleasant yesterday (between showers) … our little dirt road often has a creek through the dip after rain, but nothing that requires 4WD, unlike those who live ‘up the river’ and have to stay in town when it floods ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Great post and photos to document the crossings. ๐Ÿ™‚ We did a much smaller scale drive through a shallow stream in Arkansas, USA, a few years ago – it was fun to open the door and look at the water as it went by. I love your part of the world and hope to see it someday – you said our plants are foreign to you, and so many of yours are to me. And then the seasons – mushrooming in the Southern Hemisphere, breathing in spring air in the Northern, it’s a pretty amazing world, isn’t it?

  4. That looks like fun! You were really clever with the challenge “threshold.” I don’t think I would have thought of the river’s crossing as a threshold, but I really see it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Does anyone ever travel the road on horseback? I mean, anymore, for fun, without the accompanying steers?

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