Artist: Brian Carew-Hopkins

Brian Carew-Hopkins

Kimberley Range


Painted the Gibb River Road in the Kimberley of Western Australia. The deep crevice divides the range, within which just the tops of some high trees catch the light.


Further Information about the location

The Kimberley

A Kimberley holiday offers some of Western Australia’s (WA) most unique wilderness experiences – experiences that will capture your imagination. Covering nearly 423,000 square kilometres, this ancient region has fewer people per square kilometre than almost any other place on Earth.

Hidden in the region’s heart, vast wildlife sanctuaries, spectacular gorges and thundering waterfalls provide the perfect backdrop for a Kimberley holiday adventure in Western Australia’s (WA) north. And on its coast lie some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, untouched coral atolls and rugged islands with an amazing variety of marine life.


The Gibb River Road

The Gibb River road travels some 700 kms through the central Kimberley Plateau from King Sound at Derby to the Cambridge Gulf at Wyndham. The whole road is now the responsibility of Main Roads WA and improvements to creek crossings and jump ups are being made every year. The majority of the road surface is of dirt and gravel construction with only some floodways paved.

The Derby Visitor Centre recommends use of high clearance robust vehicles, preferably 4WD, for DRY season (May to October) travel. Towing of any type is not recommended. However, well constructed off road trailers may survive the often corrugated conditions in the DRY. Caravans are definitely NOT recommended.

Wet season (November to April) travel can be severely restricted by flooding and road closures as the countryside can become very waterlogged. Access to the gorges is very often not possible and, if travel occurs, is restricted to the Gibb River Road itself and not to the sidetracks into the gorges. A 4WD vehicle equipped with a snorkel is essential once the rains have started. Travellers in breach of official Road Closure and Road Restrictions are subject to fines.


Travelling northeast from Derby you pass from the flat plain country of the Meda, May and Lennard rivers and through the impressive wall like structure of the ancient Devonian limestone reef at the Napier Range. The granite tors of the foothills of the King Leopold Ranges soon give way to the rugged and convoluted Ranges themselves. Amongst the Ranges clefts and streams provide cool shady retreats for a variety of plant and animal life. The Central Kimberley Plateau is an area of more open country. Towards the headwaters of the Hann – Fitzroy river systems to the east of the Gibb River road, and heading for Mornington Station there are wide plains dotted with mesa formations. The western side, towards the coast, is much more rugged and inaccessible. As you approach Wyndham the spectacular Pentecost Ranges come into view with massive ramparts and scree slopes.








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Oil Paint on Stretched Canvas. Ready to hang. Size: 55 cm high, 80 cm wide.


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