Ivanhoe Crossing has officially been ticked off the Aussie Bucket List! Driving a river crossing can be dangerous, you need to be equipped with a 4WD and be aware of the elements around you. Stacey has never been a huge fan of river crossings, maybe it has something to do with crocodile infested waters or the fact you can’t see the bottom of what your driving across. However with the Ivanhoe Crossing, she was keen to tackle this one and we recorded our experience to remember forever.
The Ivanhoe Crossing is a concrete causeway over the Ord River approximately 15 minutes drive North of Kununurra, Western Australia. The crossing is free to drive across, however you need to pick your timing of the year to visit. We were very lucky that when we visited in late September 2017 the crossing had just re opened to the public. That is a significant amount of time to have it closed considering the Wet Season is generally from November to March.
If your not keen on doing the crossing yourself, or not equipped with a Four Wheel Drive, you can still drive out to the crossing for a look. However if the gate is shut the level is deemed to dangerous for vehicle access. The Ivanhoe Crossing is recommended by locals for a spot of barramutndi fishing, however don’t fish from the causeway as saltwater crocodiles inhabit the area.
The Ivanhoe Crossing was orginally part of the main road through to Wyndham. However when the Old River Irrigation project commenced in 1960s, the river began to flow all year round. Which meant during the Wet Seasons, the road became impassable. To take the drive to Wyndham you now use the Great Northern Highway.
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