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George River Gorge; Millstream 4WD free camping

If remote camping, 4WD tracks and stunning scenery tickles your fancy, George River Gorge might be right up your alley way.

When we planned our most recent trip we stumbled across a great looking camp site in Millstream National Park that you couldn’t book, and that you needed a 4WD to get to. Winner winner in both books, and we headed towards there from 40 Mile Beach camp.

George River Gorge

The incredible George River Gorge as the sun rises

Amazing views at George River

What a place to spend a few nights!

Where is George River Gorge? 

You’ll find George River Gorge in the Chichester national park side of Millstream, not too far away from Python Pool. Its surrounded by stunning scenery and the drive in is nothing short of spectacular.

George River Gorge

At the end of a great 4WD track

About Millstream National Park

We visited Deep Reach Pool a number of years ago, and despite enjoying it didn’t rate it as a truly epic place. It’s nice, but its not nearly as picturesque as the other side of the National Park.

Our visit to the northern part of Millstream National Park truly changed our perspective though, with the drive in to Python Pool being absolutely beautiful, and then the track to George River being even better.

Millstream National Park

Millstream is an incredible place

Millstream National Park was originally two national parks that have since been joined together. The two sections are about 60km apart, and are worth a visit

The views into Millstream

The views driving to Python Pool are fantastic

What’s the track like to get to George River?

The track to George River is a lot of fun. Its nothing insane, but if you are a novice 4WD owner its probably going to push the friendship a bit. The track is narrow in sections, and has a number of smaller creek crossings, before getting to one main creek bed, and then the gorge.

Pilbara 4WD Tracks

Many parts of the track are easy and flat

There’s a heap of rocky sections, with it being sharper limestone style rock, and eventually moving to thousands of river rocks that move around as you drive over them.  Once you get to George River, the track deteriorates even more, and you are basically driving over big river rocks in search of further camp sites.

A few steeper ups and downs

You’ll go through a few tight corners and ups and downs

The track can be done with any smaller trailer, including soft floors, hard floors and hybrid camper trailers. We saw a couple of small caravans in, but if you are taking anything much wider or longer than your 4WD you are going to cop scratches and potentially even panel damage.

You need a vehicle with a decent amount of clearance, and this rules out any of the soft roaders (foresters, x trails etc).

We towed our Reconn R2 in and were pleasantly surprised at how well it handled. We did get a couple of smaller scratches, but were well and truly prepared to get this.

Reconn R2 off road

Our Reconn R2 towed in like a dream

I did see on a YouTube video recently a couple saying its a hardcore track, who towed an imported hybrid in, but it really isn’t. If you’ve done much 4WDing, you’ll be fine even towing something larger and heavier in, but in the wet it could be a different story!

George River Gorge from above

Once you get closer to the Gorge the track gets more entertaining

It is worth noting that the gravel road into Millstream Chichester National Park was pretty badly corrugated, and you’d be mad to do it without letting your tyres down.

It’s only a relatively short drive before you end up on bitumen as it winds its way through the ranges, but you need your tyres down to head into George River Gorge anyway.

Millstream road condition

The main gravel road into Millstream Chichester National Park is quite corrugated

Where does the track start?

You’ll find the start of the track on the southern side of Roebourne Wittenoom road, not far from Python Pool, around a couple of big corners.

There is no signage, and its basically just a well used 4WD track. Take the track, and if you get to a river bed, turn left and cross it, and you’ll arrive at the gorge 11km later.

Turning onto the George River Gorge Track

Our convoy turning onto the George River Gorge Track

Where can you camp at George River Gorge?

There are a number of places you can camp at. The most common is the first pool that you come to only a few minutes down the track. Some people camped inside the river bed (which is only OK if no rain has fallen or is coming) and others just camp on the river bed.

We actually spent a night at this pool on the way out, rather than going in and out again to get the camper trailers.

Camped near George River Gorge

Camped near the first pool of water on the way to George River Gorge

Camping views

This is a great option if you don’t want to tow your trailer in

There’s probably a few places you could camp on the way to the gorge itself, but the main camp grounds are at the gorge.

The premium spots are just as you enter the gorge, but there are a number of other spots above the pool, and continuing along the track (roughly 4 more camp sites right on the river from the gorge).

You will eventually get to a dead end, where it drops steeply towards the water, and you’ll have a hard time turning around, like we did!

Free camping at Millstream

The first part of the big pool is amazing

Waterfront Camping

You can’t really go wrong

Private camping at Millstream

There’s even more camp grounds beyond George River Gorge, but its rough!

Camping in the middle of no where

Alternatively you can camp away from the water

What do you need to bring?

You need to be fully self sufficient to camp here. That really means you should have a chemical toilet, or at the very least you take your waste out with you as there is no way you’ll be digging holes anywhere; its just too rocky.

Take your food, water, and anything you need to sleep and stay comfortably.

George River Gorge

You need to be self sufficient

Reconn and Dmax

Bring a sense of adventure and awe

Fires at George River Gorge

Fires at George River are not permitted, and yet there were a number of people who ignored it and grabbed timber from all over the place.

Whilst I have no issues with an appropriate fire, collecting timber from a national park and leaving a scar on the ground isn’t a good look for such a pristine place, and the blatant disregard of rules only ends up with places being locked up, which is good for no one.

Fires at Millstream

Fires are not permitted, but it seems to be ignored by many

Millstream mornings

Epic mornings at George River Gorge

Waterfront camping

The Pilbara is a stunning location

Have you been to George River Gorge? What did you think of it?!

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2 comments… add one
  • Robert Grayson April 3, 2022, 3:40 PM

    Hey Aaron, would you tow a 20′ off-road can in if experienced and a capable vehicle?

  • Aaron Schubert April 3, 2022, 7:53 PM

    Hey Robert,

    I think you’d be able to drag it in there, except for it getting a bit scratched up, and a big overhanging branch at the start of the track. My folks were there with a similar size, full off road van and there’s no way we’d have fit it under the tree. I’ve seen others go there with bigger vans; perhaps they found a different way through the first little crossing.

    Towards the end there are some tighter spots with bigger tree’s about, but I reckon there is probably enough clearance.

    The safest thing to do would be to leave your van, do the drive (maybe 45 minutes?) and head back out, knowing in yourself that its suitable or not. I’d hate to say its OK and get you into a pickle!

    All the best
    Aaron

    All the best
    Aaron

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