By Sue Webber (1998)
This fact sheet is intended as an
introductory guide to bicycle touring in the
There is no bicycle-specific map of
The Kimberleys in North West Australia, Hema road map
1:1 250 000. Available from bookshops and newsagents or Hema
Maps, PO Box 724 Springwood Qld 4127 (tel 07 290
0322). Useful single page map of east and west
StreetSmart Touring Maps, East and
Australian Geographic map of The Kimberley, available from Australian Geographic, PO Box 321, Terry Hills, NSW 2084 (tel 02 9450 2300) and free with the Australian Geographic Book of the Kimberley from bookshops and some newsagents.
North-West Bound - from Shark Bay to Wyndham, 124 page colour book published by the Department of Conservation and Land Management, 50 Hayman Road, Como, Western Australia, 6152 (tel 09 334 0333). Excellent introduction to the Kimberley National Parks. CALM also has leaflets on the parks and publishes a series of Bush Books - pocket field guides to common birds, plants, mammals, whales and dolphins, and hazardous animals of the region.
Kimberley at the Crossroads, eight page supplement published by Australian Conservation Foundation, 340 Gore Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065 (tel 03 9416 1166).
Kimberley Road Conditions "freecall" : 1800 013 314
The Wet and Dry are the two white seasons. Aboriginal people have twelve seasons according to what bush food is available. Many roads are impassable in the wet summer so the best time to go is winter. July and August are the preferred cycle touring months although temperatures may reach the 30s during the day.
During the dry (winter) many rivers and creeks dry up. You must be able to carry enough water to be self-sufficient for two days (at least nine litres per person) and be able to purify any bush water you use - boiling, filtering or puritabs. You must also be self sufficient in food and able to carry about seven days food with you for more remote sections.
by bike Along
the Victoria Highway from Darwin or
by bus From
by plane Ansett flies from
The 60km dirt track into Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) National Park is good mountain bike riding but some tracks within the park are very sandy - especially the one into Cathedral and Piccaninny Gorge.
The dirt road up to Tunnel Creek
Away from the towns discrete bush camping is allowed. However, if you want to camp on a pastoral property or Aboriginal land you should ask permission first. Camps with water are nearly always crowded with caravans so be prepared for tvs, radios and generators and dirty water due to the habits of the cattle and caravaners.
Good camping at Kingston Rest,
about 71km south of Kununurra on the
Good camping in
All towns have campsites. Old Halls Creek has a peaceful camping area with a cafe.
Darlgunaya Backpackers at Fitzroy Crossing provides a welcome break from camping and bush cooking. (tel 08 9191 5140 or 08 9191 5323).
Bike shop, camping grounds, bars, shops including supermarket, post office, service station. http://www.anypoint.net/attract/apa010/010695.htm
Warmun (Turkey Creek)
Roadhouse, camping ground, showers,
petrol general store but mainly tinned and frozen food, will accept parcels if
you ask them in advance (tel 08 9168 7882). Turkey
Visitors Centre has cold drinks, if you can catch them open.
Camping ground, bar, shops including supermarket and great bakery, post office, service station.
Camping ground, backpackers, bar, shops including a good supermarket, post office, service station.
Camping ground, motels, bars, wide range of shops, post office, service station. http://www.walkabout.fairfax.com.au/locations/WADerby.shtml
Camping grounds. motels, hotels, bars, cafes, restaurants, many shops, supermarkets, post office, service stations.
Kimberely Development Commission http://www.kdc.wa.gov.au/index.html
Rod Lawlor's bike trip http://www.users.bigpond.com/RandyMiller/kimberly.htm
The Tanami Track for 4 X 4's http://www.travelaustralia.com.au/nt/centre/centre_7.html
Tanami Track ( German bikers ) http://www.tilmann.com/8/index.htm
This fact sheet was produced by grassroots cyclists. No responsibility for errors or omissions can be accepted. It is intended for free or low cost distribution on paper or on the www, and you are free to copy it on that basis. Suggestions for improvement are most welcome!
Other Bicycle Camping Fact Sheets in this series include
26 December 1997