Canning Stock Route 2017

Australia’s Canning Stock Route. Mission accomplished, July 2017.

We completed one of the world’s longest and remote public tracks end July 2017. This is the fabled Canning Stock Route.  Watch the videos here.

Wiki: It is a track that runs from Halls Creek in the Kimberley region of Western Australia to Wiluna in the mid-west region. (Wikipedia links) With a total distance of around 1,850 km (1,150 mi) it is the longest historic stock route in the world.

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The subject of this series:
WE HAVE JUST completed one of the world’s longest and remote public tracks. (July 2017). This is the fabled Canning Stock Route. The Canning Stock Route is long, tough, rough but beguiling in its beauty and variety.

The Canning Stock Route is a track that runs from Halls Creek in the Kimberley region of Western Australia to Wiluna in the mid-west region. With a total distance of around 1,850 km (1,150 mi) it is the longest historic stock route in the world. Once used as a route for cattle droves following a series of wells, it is now mainly used by adventure seekers looking for a challenge and solitude in the Australian outback. The last cattle drove the route in the 1930’s.

Part-1. Distance

Distances in Australia boggle the mind. In this first part we witness the final preparations for the expedition, Paul Marsh joins us and sees the truck for the first time, and then we drive for four days across Western Australia to Halls Creek, the start of the famed Canning Stock Route.

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Part-2. Spinifex

Spinifex grass begins its attack on my ankles as we set off on Alfred Canning Stock Route itself, from old Halls Creek. We are driving the route from North to South, the opposite direction that the route was first surveyed. We camp our night on Stretch Lagoon, where the extraordinary bird life entertained us for much of the morning. The Canning Stock Route welcomed us with corrugations and the first of many dunes that we will encounter. We conclude with a magnificent camping spot near the Breaden Hills.

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Part-3. 1000 Dunes 

Driving the Canning Stock Route means crossing over 1000 sand dunes in a vast stabilised dune field crossing the Great Sandy Desert and the Gibson Desert. In this episodes, we encounter wrecks of vehicle that did not make it, feral camels, drive over many dunes, camp on the edge of a red mud flat, enjoy a spectacular Milky Way galaxy, fly the drone and top up our water supplies on our route south.

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Part-4. Red

The trail is endless, just the way I love it.

Our night’s camp is on the crest of one of the thousand red dunes on the route. We find grass gathering under the Land Cruiser 200, and we make a plan to prevent it happening further.
We find camp site paradise between old Desert Oak trees and begin a quest o stop a very annoying rattle that’s emerged, and it driving me crazy. This episode concludes at well 33, just before the village of Kunawarritji.

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Part-5. Corrugations
At Kunawarritji and well 33 we top up with the sweet water from the well, and full up fuel tanks. Hopefully our standard two 90L tanks will be sufficient to take us the 1000 kilometers to Wiluna, and end of the track. Before and after the village of Kunawarritji the corrugations are horrible and shake us for several hours. We are rewarded for our efforts by enjoying some of the best camp spots one could wish for. At a place we named Horseshoe Canyon I fly the drone. Horseshoe Canyon is almost exactly half way along the route we celebrate with our own version of bubbly.

 

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Part-6. Wet[/wlm_private]

I think this is my favourite episode. The first water crossing is encountered as the track leads into the shallow depression and finally the vast whiteness of Lake Disappointment. As Canning and his crew arrived, they had news of a vast fresh water lake which turned out to be a plateau of salt flats and grass unsuitable for cattle. Hence the name was given. But I renamed the late as ‘Lake Having a Great Time’. Then onto Durba Springs, an oasis of ghost gum trees and a natural spring, making up a delightful camp site in the shade.

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Part-7. Vistas

From Durba Springs we continue southwards, along the lonely track. The track becomes quite rough in places and the going slows for most of the day. Wild flowers are abundant along the route. we make camp on a lookout point, overlooking the vast plains that surround us. To conclude this episode, Justin and I talk about the tyres we have used and camp just south of White Lake.

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Part-8. Too soon

The end of the expedition is looming all too soon. As civilisation closes in, the sense of utter isolation wanes.  Our final camp site is on top of a small plateau of red rock where the brilliance of the sunset is unfettered. Our final days are marked by extraordinary bird calls and huge flocks of budgerigars.

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Part-9. The Truck

In this episode Paul and I review the performance of the truck, and discuss any changes we might make, and any products that have stood out as being exceptional.

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Part-10. The Photo Equipment

What cameras, lights, microphones and lenses I used to photograph the Canning Stock Route adventure. This is the final episode in this series.

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What photo gear and techniques did I use to film our Canning Stock Route 2017 expedition.

Links to all the gear. Purchasing from these links helps our channel.

CAMERAS USED:
Sony A7R2, http://amzn.to/2DoLHNx
Its replacement is the Sony A7R3: http://amzn.to/2Dm5fCo
Sony A7S, Its replacement is the Sony A7S2: http://amzn.to/2E303nU
Mavic Pro drone, http://amzn.to/2E1YV3X
DJI Osmo, http://amzn.to/2DnIbDc
GoPro-5 Black. http://amzn.to/2zFX3u9
LENSES USED: Canon 17-40 F4, http://amzn.to/2E4Au5O
Canon 100-400 F5.6, http://amzn.to/2zEeiw2
Sony-G 28-135 F4, http://amzn.to/2DoDdpO
Sony 90 macro F2.8, http://amzn.to/2BLitrD
We want to upgrade to:
Sony 16-35mm F2,8 lens: http://amzn.to/2BLj78x
Sony 100-400mm F4 lens: http://amzn.to/2liWdi0

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Land Cruiser Troopy

This is the truck we drove.