Visiting Mornington Sanctuary is a major highlight of the Gibb River Road and well worth the 80km detour. Owned and managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), Mornington is one of 23 properties across Australia that has been procured for conservation purposes, making AWC the largest private owner of conservation land in the country.
The landscape along the Gibb River Road is mostly savannah plains with short trees, except for where the land is abruptly and almost secretly, carved up into gorges. There are many such hidden gorges along the way including Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge and Bell Gorge, in addition to those found in the stations.
Home Valley station is a working cattle station with an interesting history nestled at the foot of the Cockburn Ranges. The station has a close working relationship with its traditional owners and offers training and employment opportunities to the local indigenous people.
The Gibb River Road has become a right of passage for Australian 4WD enthusiasts. It is the last 660km leg of the Savannah Way connecting Kununurra in the east to Derby in the west. It has the allure and challenge of being a remote and hardcore track, but follow after the grader early in the dry season and it really is a piece of cake!
Situated only 100km south-west of Darwin, Litchfield National Park is one of the most accessible parks in the Northern Territory as well as having some of the most picturesque swimming holes in the country. Set to a backdrop of rusty gorges and surrounded by palm trees, the refreshing pools of Wangi and Florence Falls are not to be missed. Bring a snorkel along to appreciate the freshwater life dancing below the waterline.