Hire Vehicles; A few points on access to our region.
Many of the hire car companies DO NOT allow their vehicles to be used on certain roads.
Some of these roads can in places be very corrugated at various times, but problems mostly happen due to driver error.
It is wise though to ensure that you are covered for all of your intended routes. This is especially the case for driving up to the Mitchell Plateau; some companies do not permit travel in their vehicles to this region.
Driving on a corrugated gravel road may make it harder to control the vehicle, especiallywhen one is inexperienced on gravel and/or trying to drive too fast !
It is NOT like driving on bitumen; you can’t speed then hit the brakes and expect to stop, because you won’t. Instead, you will slide on the loose gravel and probably lose control of the vehicle. But, no problems IF you always drive to suit the conditions !
The hire companies have had a lot of damaged vehicles over the years, due to accidents and breakdowns. Retrieval of such vehicles by truck can cost the hire companies many $1000's.
Some hire companies just banned the Port Warrender road (commonly known as the Mitchell plateau track) but some companies also banned some of the Kalumburu Road.
Drysdale River Station is 60 km up the Kalumburu road and access as far as Drysdale is normally allowed, but please check prior to your hire. To neglect this issue may find you without insurance cover, should you damage the vehicle.
This little map below is an easy reference for you to understand which road is which.
The colours show each road. Please always remember to check when hiring any vehicle.