One of the things you soon learn about the Kimberley is that good, drinking water is plentiful if you know where to look. Majority of travellers head there just after the wet season too, which means everything is clean, topped up and ready for a big season.
So, where can you get drinking water on the Gibb River Road?
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For a large part of the dry season, Silent Grove has a beautiful little creek that runs down the side of the camp ground. You are able to walk to it, but specifically asked not to swim, walk or bathe in it, as this is where the drinking water comes from.
I believe it originates from a natural spring up further, and the water is pumped straight out of the creek and to the water tanks, where you can drink it.
The water was clean, and tasted lovely.
Mornington also has drinking water available; every tap you see is clean, fresh drinking water. I believe this comes from Annie creek, which is an amazing little creek that runs down the side of the camp ground.
Mt Barnett has drinking water available from the service station.
Drysdale also has drinking water available, from the tap behind the white tyre (near the fuel pumps). This water looked a little yellow, but it tasted fine, and we drank plenty of it.
You can get drinking water right next to the main female shower/toilet block, from a tap. We filled up here several times, and had no issues with the water.
The ranger comes by every now and again and pumps water into the tanks, near the showers. I assume this comes directly from Windjana Gorge, but it is not recommended for drinking.
There is no drinking water available at Windjana Gorge
Manning Gorge also pumps water from the river, but it is not recommended to be drunk without treatment (or boiling).
Mt Elizabeth has plenty of water on tap too, but it is not recommended to be drunk without treatment.
The Mitchell Falls has water on tap, which looks clean enough, but is recommended for treating prior to drinking.
However, I believe there is a point along the creek (upstream of where people bathe and swim) that you can get drinking water from using the existing chain and bucket.
I suppose the summary is this; you can get good quality water from all over the Gibb River Road. Make sure you have enough for drinking (especially when hiking), and take enough for dishes and cleaning up, but keep them separate.
Mt Barnett, Drysdale and El Questro are the most common places to fill up with drinking water, but you can get water for other purposes from almost everywhere along the Gibb River Road.
Enjoy the fact that the Kimberley is abundant because of the water!