Photographer Tommy Iffla from Apertunity productions recently set out with a couple of mates on a 5500km road trip into the Kimberleys along the Gibb River Road in the North West Australia desert. His goal was to get out into the open spaces and capture some amazing images and film. Here is some of his photo favourites and a film from his quick but epic photo journey.
The drive from Perth started at 5am and we didn't really have a place in mind to stop but wanted to try and get as close to Meekatharra as possible. We ended up getting just past there and camped on the side of the road. Next day we were up at 5am again to start the drive and passed through Newman and got as far as 80 Mile Beach.
Broome was next to catch up with Frank Ansey (an Aboriginal friend from school) and he took us out fishing at some bullshit new river systems north of Broome that hadn’t seen a single person other than Frank and his cousins. Slept on the beach nearby and then went back to the same spot again around 6am to do more fishing. The place is incredibly untouched and calming. We caught big 1m barramundi and heaps of mangrove jack that you literally hooked every time you threw a line out.
Leaving Middle Lagoon we made our way to Derby to begin the drive along the Gibb River Road. We started the Gibb around 2pm and only made our way about 60 clicks up the track so we camped on the side of the road on a rock’s edge overlooking the road and river.
One night was a fucking nightmare because we had spent the arvo at the falls so we needed to make up time and decided to do some of the drive at night. We ended up doing this river crossing and took a wrong turn down the river. Car trailer went into water about 1.6 meters deep and lucky enough Archie was able to drive up onto a bank so we could reassess. We had to reverse back into the deep water and we only just made it out.
Woke up and kept on moving through the Gibb. Pulled over about 100kms further down at this epic roadhouse that was selling icy poles. The guy there was an absolute character and suggested we did the Munja track so off we went.
This track is 160km long but takes 12 hours to complete. It’s considered to be one of the more extreme 4wD tracks in the world and is home to Jameson’s Arch, Bachsten Falls and Walcott Inlet.
Words and Photography // Tom Iffla @tommyiff Apertunity @apertunity_
Film and Edit // @apertunity_ @drone_pilots_australia