The Canning Stock Route is one of the world’s most isolated tracks – challenging 4wd travellers for adventure, preparation and self-sufficiency.
Since the early 1890s the pastoralists of the eastern Kimberley had been looking for an overland route to bring their cattle to the flourishing goldfields of Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie. Their cattle were infested with tick and so were prevented from travelling through the west Kimberley to the port of Derby.
Finally, Alfred Canning was appointed to lead a survey party across the deserts from Wiluna to Halls Creek to explore the possibility of building a stock route. Their exploration was successful and in 1908 to 1910, the well-sinking expedition, also under the leadership of Canning, built 51 wells over 1700 kilometres of desert.
Today keen 4wd travellers follow the Canning Stock Route, tracing the history of the track, mastering the sand dunes of the Gibson and Great Sandy Deserts and exploring the scenic beauty of the Breaden Hills, Lake Disappointment and Durba Springs.
This video shows a group of travellers from their meeting at Wolfe Creek Crater, to their Canning Stock Route adventure across the Great Sandy Desert and the Gibson Desert of Western Australia. Most of the wells are included as well as the grave sites and camping spots along the way.
There is also a side trip to Desert Queen Baths in Rudall River National Park, as well as refueling at Kunawaritji (near Well 33) and Parrngurr (on the Talawana Track).
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