Distance: 45 km
From the Northern Territory border. It is known as the ‘gateway’ town to the East Kimberleys.
Time to drive: 2-4 days
Can easily be done in less/more time depending how long you want to explore each stop.
Some water crossings depending on weather. Conditions of roads in the Kimberleys can often change so it’s always best to check current road reports.
Day 1: Start exploring this epic spot by tackling the iconic Ivanhoe Crossing. It is located about a 10 minute drive north from Kununurra. The causeway crosses the mighty Ord River and was originally part of the main Kununurra to Wyndham Road.
Not only is this spot a bucketlist water crossing for any 4WD enthusiast, but it is one of the more popular fishing spots for the locals. Before you leave, make sure you throw in a line and try to catch an elusive barramundi and enjoy an epic sunset. Be careful of the crocs though!
Continue north after the crossing towards one of our favourite free camps we have ever found! This epic spot is known as Buttons Crossing and is located on the bank of the Ord River. The entry to the campsite is 30 minutes from Kununurra and is the perfect spot if you like to avoid tourist crowds.
Day 2: Spend the day exploring the Secret Springs! TIP: The google map instructions on how to reach the secret springs are wrong – try this instead… Once you leave Button’s crossing, jump back on valentine springs road driving north. You will come across a turn off but it isn’t signed so make sure you don’t miss it. It will be the next turn off after you pass the Black Rock Falls Sign (you will be heading towards Spring Creek). You will then find a 4×4 track to the springs. This is a high clearance 4WD track only with a number of water crossings along the way. We always make sure we keep our recovery gear in our MRT trundle drawer for tracks just like this! When you reach the end track, you will find the start of the hiking track behind the seating area. You’ll find palm trees, wildlife, and amazing views the whole way! There are a number of waterholes on this hike but it is a challenging hike. Use the rope to climb up the first waterfall. The higher you climb, the more spectacular the views become. If you climb right to the top, you will be rewarded with a natural infinity pool overlooking the ranges.
There are plenty of other options if you feel like this spot isn’t for you though! Make sure you check out the other incredible swimming holes near Kununurra including The Grotto, Middle Springs, and Black Rock Falls.
Day 3: Take a day trip from Kununurra to either Lake Argyle or the Bungle Bungles. Both spots are incredibly beautiful. Lake Argyle is Australia’s second largest man-made lake. It is a perfect spot to take a boat out, take a swim (yes, there are freshwater crocodiles but this is a popular swimming spot!). The caravan park here has the most beautiful infinity pool in the country in our opinion!
The Bungle Bungles is a world heritage listed range in Purnululu National Park. Located 250km from Kununurra, these are some of the most fascinating geological landmarks we have ever seen and incredibly beautiful, particularly at sunset.
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- MRT Pantry
- MRT Slide-out under tray drawer as kitchen unit with a storage system for food
- 130L Bushmans fridge
- MRTlide-out drawers for easy access to tools and camping equipment
- Designated spaces for recovery gear and spare parts (our MRT canopy toolboxes are great for this)
- MRT Jerry Can Holder for extra fuel or water
- Bullbar + Winch and Recovery Points
- Snatch Straps and Shackles
- Recovery Boards (e.g. Maxtrax)
- Hi Lift Jack
- Underbody Protection (bash plates)
- Gearbox and Diff Breathers - recommended
Navigation and Communication
- UHF Radio (in-vehicle and handheld)
- Satellite Phone or Personal Locator Beacon (for emergencies)
- GPS and Topographical Maps
- Portable gas stove
- Camp chairs and table
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
- Tyre Repair Kit
- Automotive Tool Kit
- Cable Ties/ Wire
- Spare tyre, hoses, belts, oil and coolant
- Air Compressor and tyre deflator
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