The Canning Stock route is 2,000 kilometres long, isolated and arduous, creating one of the greatest four wheel driving adventures Australia has to offer. It crosses the Gibson and Great Sandy Deserts from Wiluna in Western Australia’s Northern Goldfields to Halls Creek in the North West.
Contemporary pioneers with extensive outback and survival experience will enjoy the exhilarating challenges of the Canning Stock Route, crossing sand dunes, stony outcrops and corrugations. Sightseeing highlights include the Gibson Desert, Great Sandy Desert, ancient Indigenous rock art, historic grave sites and the 51 wells that were originally constructed for the watering of stock.
Parts of the Canning Stock Route are only suitable for high clearance four wheel drive vehicles and should only be attempted by confident drivers. Supplies and services are limited and road conditions can vary, so plan ahead, stock up on food, water and fuel and contact the local visitor centre for up-to-date track information.
Before heading off into the remote desert areas of Australia, you will need to obtain permits, enabling you to travel through private and Aboriginal Lands. Get more information about permits for Aboriginal Lands or visit the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council. And to ensure you enjoy a safe and well-planned journey, be sure to take a look at Road safety and Important travel tips.