Map of the Canning Stock Route from Wikepedia.
Travelling the Canning Stock Route was an incredible experience. We were 16 passengers of mature years with 4 incredible blokes in 2 4 wheel drive vehicles towing trailers and 2 6 wheel trucks. We are on the track for 14 days and saw half a dozen other vehicles and one Polish fellow riding a bike along the route.
A truck went ahead of each of the 4 wheel drive vehicles to pull then out of the sand if necessary. This happened a few times.
Everything had to be carry but there was a food drop off near the Kunawarritji Aboriginal Community where we bought ice creams. Water was replenished from the few now operating wells and there is a fuel dump by the Capricorn Roadhouse at Well 23.
Alfred Canning and his team sunk 52 wells starting in 1907 to enable stock from the Kimberley region to be driven to Wiluma and then to the goldfields around Kalgoolie. He was bought back later to repair the wells. The last cattle drive was in 1959. The first vehicles were driven the length of the route in 1968. Many of the wells are in disrepair but the voluntary TrackCare Group have repaired a number of wells and those now attempting the trip can access a list of the wells with drinkable, accessible water.
The next post will go more into the amazing array of wild flowers we saw and the landscape.