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Cooper Tires continues the tradition of testing tyres in the toughest conditions the Australian outback has to offer. Our latest journey saw us join industry partners and the YOUR4X4 team, testing, evaluating and proving Cooper product in some of the most remote areas of Western Australia in the biggest trip we have ever done.
During 2015, there will be 20 episodes of YOUR4X4 covering our 14,000km and 26 day trek across this amazing region. Make sure you catch all of YOUR4X4 action each week right here, or via the following sources:
In this breathtaking introduction to the second half of our iconic Kimberley Adventure we glance back over the highlights of the first ten days of travel from Kununurra in the far north west of Western Australia and westward along the Gibb River Rd as far as Derby.
This week we feature one of the must do highlights of the far north west of Australia, one of the golden gems of the Kimberley and a world renowned spectacle in the Horizontal Waterfalls.
Taking a short cut down a private track the crew get to enjoy some 4WDing with a bit of sand to keep everyone on their toes. A relaxing lunch spot follows at Beagle Bay where the convoy takes in the beautiful Sacred Heart Church, before setting off on the last leg towards Cape Leveque.
Indigenous tour guide Brian Lee leads the crew on a tag-along tour where they get to enjoy the challenges of beach driving and discover stunning destinations seldom seen by the regular traveller.
We say goodbye to Cape Leveque after a gorgeous sunrise and make our way towards civilisation, the ubiquitous town of Broome.
The convoy sets off for Windjana Gorge on the longest drive yet seen on the trip, a stretch of over 450kms.
The convoy have a drive of over 600 kilometres to cover today, as they bid farewell to the spiritual serenity of Windjana Gorge.
The convoy camps down next to the Bungles in order to fully explore the gorgeous area.
The convoy says goodbye to the majestic Bungles and hit the road for the last time.
In the final episode of the Kimberley adventure, we take a look back at all the fantastic places and good times we had, take a brief glimpse at some behind the scenes antics with the convoy and hear Simon's Top Tips for covering this huge swathe of land.
The first episode of a three-week cross-country trek across the Kimberley region, one of the most beautiful and imposing parts of Australia. We start this episode with a tease of all the grand imagery to come, before joining up with the Kununurra 4WD Club as we explore the hills around the local township.
In this episode we say goodbye to Kununurra, and hit the Gibb River Road. Driving parallel to the awe-inspiring Cockburn Ranges, we stop in at the natural wonder that is Zebedee Springs as well as the hospitable El Questro Wilderness Park for a quick break.
We start this episode in the skies, touring around the Home Valley Station from the comfort of the Station's own helicopter. After landing safely we take off down the Kalumburu Road for Drysdale River Station, driving past many tyre carcasses and even abandoned vehicles along the way, solemn reminders of the importance of preparation.
Leaving Drysdale River Station we head off the graded track onto a beaten one, where unforgiving corrugations threaten to shake the convoy to pieces. Our skilled drivers quickly find the appropriate speeds to skip over anything damaging, and we make our way towards Mitchell Falls.
Another episode that begins in the air, our crew takes advantage of the helicopter services at Mitchell Falls and has a chance to view these spectacular waterfalls in their proper scope, with The Kimberleys laid out before them. As soon as everyone debarked safely it was time to explore the falls themselves, wandering freely with no restrictions on where to go, and no barriers to stop you.
With heavy hearts we say goodbye to Mitchell Falls, driving back through Corrugation Country, taking a brief stop to take in aboriginal art thoughtfully preserved by the community. Further along we stop at a local tip spot to dispose of our rubbish responsibly. Driving carefully but quickly we arrive at Drysdale Station to chow down on the renowned XXL burgers.
The day kicks off with a brief sojourn across a river. While some elected to swim across, others took a leisurely dinghy, hoisted by ropes from end to end. After an hour of walking we were rewarded with the stunning sight of Manning Gorge. No invitation needed, everyone dived into the pure water, played on the rocks and basked in the sunshine that perpetually shines in the dry season.
This episode kicks off with the exploration of Grevillea Gorge, a canyon of three distinct levels mostly empty of water this time of year. Our crew climb and clamber down until finding a hidden oasis. Soon it's time to hit the road however, and we head through cattle property to our final destination for the day, Silent Grove.
After Danny revs everyone up with his famous mobile coffee set-up, we drive towards the resplendent Bell Gorge. Arguably the most beautiful and certainly the most grand gorge in the Kimberley's, Bell Gorge provides a myriad of pools, watering holes, oases and every other kind of swimming hole imaginable.
We bid farewell to Silent Grove, and head towards our first stop of civilization since leaving Kununurra, the township of Derby. An easy ride on the blacktop, we stop in at some local sights, such as the Prisoner Boab Tree, Frosty's Pool and the Derby Wharf.