Camper Van Hire WA April - Road Closed??

by Lizzie

Myself and 3 friends are planning a trip from Perth to Darwin from the 2nd April – 27th April 2009. We were going to hire a camper van but are now not sure if this is our best option, we have been told that some areas up in the Kimberly regions are 4WD only. Is this the case? In particular the Bungle Bungles.

We have also been told that April is the rainy season and that some roads may be closed, please can you advise if there are alternate routes and what areas are closed and how long they are closed for.

We are basically trying to find the most affordable travel options without missing anything out, we have tried looking at tours but they are not within our budget range and we also wanted the experience of doing it ourselves.

Any information you can provide us with would be most helpful,

Kind regards

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Kimberley in April
by: Birgit

Hi Lizzie,

I write a lot about this area, both on this site and on my Kimberley site. All your questions are answered in detailed there. You can even download a free Kimberley guide booklet here that addresses the issue of weather and road conditions in great detail.

It sounds as if so far you don't know much at all about the place you are planning to visit... Please do read that guide booklet. I think you will find it very useful. It gives you a good overview of the Kimberley and everything involved in a trip up here, especially at that time of the year.

April is a bit too early to access many of the attractions. Yes, many unsealed roads will still be closed and yes, you certainly do need a high clearance 4WD to get into the Bungles.

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