The Canning Stock Route was originally created by Alfred Canning in 1908 for Kimberley cattlemen to take their stock to the southern markets. Covering some 51 wells and stretching 2,013 kilometres from Halls Creek to Wiluna, the Canning Stock Route now forms one of the most remote and challenging four wheel drive tracks in the world.
Those wishing to tackle the route should be extremely well prepared before setting out. Outback travel experience is required in conjunction with a very reliable and capable vehicle that has been specifically prepared for remote, long distance desert travel. Your vehicle will need to be extensively prepared for remote area travel, with all fuel, water, food, vehicle repair equipment and spare parts.
The best time to travel is from April to mid-September. It is recommended not to travel from October to March, as weather conditions along the route are its most hottest and extreme.
All vehicles, whether private or in commercial tours, are required to hold permits for travelling on the Canning Stock Route. Travellers should note that even with a permit, access is restricted to several sites, some located within the Canning Stock Route reserve.
For the sections between wells 5 to 51, you can obtain permits online via the Canning Stock Route Visitor Permit System.
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