An AT reader recommends the Sounds of Silence – Bell Gorge & Silent Grove, off the Gibb River Road in the Kimberley, northern WA
AT reader Pam Reid and her adventurous family discovered a palm-fringed oasis in the middle of the Kimberleys.
We’re six months and 25,000km into our 12 month trip around Australia and have many favourite spots, but camping at Silent Grove and spending time in nearby Bell Gorge has been one our of most special memories of the trip so far.
Bell Gorge is 220km from Derby along the Gibb River Road and is a natural hidden wonder. It’s off the beaten track, so you don’t have the giant tour buses pushing through on their tight “See Australia in a Day” itineraries. You’ll need a 4WD to get there, and if you don’t have a 4WD, hire one and unleash the adventurer within!
Silent Grove campground is only 10km from Bell Gorge. It’s a quiet bush camp that has running water and toilets. For us inner-city dwellers, the serenity was bliss and we stayed for a couple of days. We spent one whole day in Bell Gorge, swimming in the crystal clear palm-fringed waterhole at the top of the falls and enjoying the sunshine and rich colours of the Kimberley surrounds. – From the Reid Family, currently in Alice Springs. Usual place of residence, Newport in Victoria.