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Galvins Gorge, Gibb River Rd, Kimberley

  • Less than 1 hour
  • 1 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 3

This easy flat 1km one-way trail is one of the prettiest short walks in the Kimberley. A multi-tiered waterfall plunges down a rocky gorge wall into a pretty reflective pool surround by luxuriant vegetation. It is a delightfully pretty spot to relax and ponder nature.

The boab stands above the swimming hole of Galvins Gorge
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Galvins Gorge car park, 284km east of Derby, 2400km north of Perth

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Many travellers doing the Gibb River Road rate Galvans Gorge as one of their favourite scenic locations. The short easy 2km return path passes by creek fed lily pools and luxuriant vegetation of pristine beauty. The walk opens up to a delightful multi-tiered waterfall fed pool.

It’s such a pristine scene you almost feel guilty going for a swim and spoiling the reflections. High above is a perfectly placed boab tree that seems to be standing guard. There is also a good example of Indigenous rock art under a ledge.

With so much water and dense vegetation, birds are numerous such as rainbow bee-eaters, azure kingfisher, blue winged kookaburras, various honeyeaters, wrens and finches. If you look carefully you may see a banded tree snake sheltering under a narrow rock ledge.

This is one of the smaller Kimberley Gorges, similar in size to Adcock Gorge, but the pool is more than big and deep enough to swim a few laps.

There is also a rope in one of the trees to swing on and jump and the falls are big enough to sit on the rocks underneath and get a back massage.

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Time / Duration

15 minutes one way

Length

2km return

What To Pack

Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

Galvins Gorge car park, 284km east of Derby, 2400km north of Perth

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Bush Walk

Grade 3

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

Facilities

  • Car Park

Best time of year

May to October. Waterfall flow will be better earlier in the season.

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Trail Access

Air, Drive or Bus to Broome 2200km north of Perth, 4WD to 284km east of Derby. See Group D items on Trail Tips page.

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1 trail goers have rated Galvins Gorge, Gibb River Rd, Kimberley as 5 out of 5!

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Carolyn Port

Reviewed 28 Jul 2021, 10:56am

Fantastic gorge which is a very easy stroll from the Gibb River road carpark. Gorge has a flying fox rope, Aboriginal Rock art, an excellent swimming hole and a beautiful waterfall. It is the most pleasant place to spend a couple of hours. Suits all ages and abilities.
The car park can be busy - it is not far from Mt Barnet Roadhouse- but there is plenty of safe parking.

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