CANNING STOCK ROUTE & GUNBARREL HIGHWAY

CANNING STOCK ROUTE & GUNBARREL HIGHWAY

$9275 per person

Departing 15 June 21. Join us on this fully guided 4WD small group adventure tour. Travel as a passenger in one of our 4WD vehicles or use your own 4WD Tag Along vehicle as you join our experienced guides exploring the contrasting and arid outback of Australia. Visiting iconic and remote areas such as the Canning Stock Route, Gunbarrel Highway, see Uluru, Durba Springs, 2 night stay at Carnegie Station, The Haunted Well, Len Beadell’s Talawana Track & the Tanami Track – ending your adventure in Alice Springs.

Tag Along Cost: $4,775.00 pp (Vehicle plus 1 Adult) + $4,775.00 pp – Each Additional Passenger

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Ayers Rock/Uluru
  • Olga Gorge
  • Giles Meteorological Station
  • Heather & Gunbarrel Highways
  • 2 nights Carnegie Station
  • The Canning Stock Route
  • 2 nights Durba Springs
  • Lake Disappointment
  • Len Beadell’s Talawana Track
  • The “Haunted Well” – Well 37
  • Breaden Hills
  • Tanami Track & Rabbit Flat
  • Alice Springs

 

TOUR COST INCLUDES:

  • Lead vehicles providing full commentary – all tour escorts have many years experience leading 4WD expeditions through remote conditions.
  • All meals as per itinerary: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner including cook/host.
  • All entry fees to sightseeing activities as listed in the itinerary.
  • Applicable permits.
  • All camping fees and accommodation where indicated.
  • Camping & equipment (tent & mattress) for those in lead vehicles.


TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Travel insurance – recommended.
  • Airfare to Ayers Rock or from Alice Springs if passenger in our vehicle.
  • Items of personal nature eg laundry/phone and any optional extras/trips listed in the itinerary.
  • Beverages and meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • All passengers to supply a sleeping bag, pillow, eating utensils, tea towel, torch & batteries.


Passengers in Tag Along vehicles to provide their own camping equipment (tent etc).

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Ayres Rock / Alice Springs
  • Included
    Accommodation
    All Transport
    Entry Fees
    Group Equipment
    Most meals
    Professional Guide
  • Not Included
    Airfare/taxes
    Alcohol & soft drinks
    Arrival Transfer
    Bottled water
    Departure Transfer
    Inclusions as per Itinerary
    Items of a personal nature ie Laundry/telephone
    Optional excursions
    Permits
    Taxes
    Tips
    Travel Insurance
    Visas
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DAY 1: Tue 15 Jun 21 ARRIVE AT AYERS ROCK RESORT T (-)
Clients to have own travel arrangements to Ayers Rock, Northern Territory. Should you be travelling as a passenger in one of our vehicles do not hesitate to contact us for assistance booking flights (extra expense) to/from the tour start and end locations.  Please ensure you check-in by 5:00pm and meet your crew and fellow passengers for a pre tour briefing. Overnight:  Ayers Rock Campground     •  □
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DAY 2: Wed 16 Jun 21 AYERS ROCK - GILES 480km T (BLD)
Depart this morning at 9:00am and pass by Ayers Rock and take a short walk into Olga Gorge before our journey west along the new Gunbarrel Highway  to the WA border and beyond.  Visit Lasseter's cave, where this exocentric miner camped after his alleged discovery of a reef of gold.  Then on through the Petermann Ranges to WA and Giles. Overnight:  Giles    •  □
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DAY 3: Thu 17 Jun 21 GILES – WARBURTON 180km T (BLD)
A morning outside viewing of the Meteorological Station.  See Beadell’s grader that opened up the network of  outback roads in the 1950's and 60's including the infamous Gunbarrel Highway.  Giles and the road network were so important to the rocket testing activities at Woomera and the atom bomb testing that occurred at this time.  We will journey this afternoon to Warburton and onto our bush camp. Overnight:  Bush Camp    •  
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DAY 4: Fri 18 Jun 21 THE HEATHER HIGHWAY – GUNBARREL 220km T (BLD)
The Heather Highway shows us a new dimension in corrugated roads.  We will detour to Mt. Samuel on the original Gunbarrel Highway for a panoramic view of the vast outback. Photograph the Beadell tree blazed by Len during his road making expeditions across this remote outback region.  We will camp at Beadell Camp an idyllic bush camp location.  Overnight:  Bush Camp   •  □
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DAY 5: Sat 19 Jun 21 THE OLD GUNBARREL HIGHWAY – CARNEGIE 300km T (BLD)
Majestic Mt. Beadell is our first stop. Mulga scrub, spinifex plains and stands of desert oaks and the sign post "Windy Corner" where the Gunbarrel and the Gary Highway meet remind us of our isolation. Good water and a freshen up at a bore restored by the Geraldton Historic Society is a welcome relief before our arrival at isolated Carnegie homestead, the last pastoral lease east in W.A. and 1200 kilometres from Curtin Springs. Crossing the original Gunbarrel Highway a challenge of the outback has now been conquered. Overnight: Carnegie Station • □
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DAY 6: Sun 20 Jun 21 CARNEGIE STATION 0km T (BLD)
A day at Carnegie Homestead is most welcome.  Relax on their green lawns, read a book, do the washing, talk to station hands, clean up, work on the vehicles and prepare for the challenges of the Canning. O/N:  As Above   •  □
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DAY 7: Mon 21 Jun 21 CARNEGIE – THE CANNING STOCK ROUTE 250km + 20s/d T (BLD)
Leaving Carnegie we visit one more isolated station property Glen Ayle Homestead, owned by the Ward family.  Later we will pass the Ward Range, named in recognition of this pioneering family.  We join the Canning Stock Route at Well 9.  It was here that the explorer Alexander Forrest held back a native attack in 1874, his rock fort can still be seen.  Inspect and photograph Wells 9 & 10.  Our destination is Well 10 with 20 sand dunes to cross!  A dry bush camp tonight. Overnight:  Bush Camp    • 
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DAY 8: Tue 22 Jun 21 SAND DUNE COUNTRY 140km + 60s/d T (BLD)
Excitement today as we experience some  sand dune country.  Perhaps some difficulties as we negotiate these dunes and learn to cope with this new and interesting terrain.  When Canning and his team put down these wells, from 1906, wagon convoys were stopped by these dunes and the camel teams took over. We pass the Ward Hills, inspect Wells 11 to 16 all in various stages of decay, making us all aware of the hardship of these droving days and the well sinking team who dug holes up to 30 metres deep to find precious water.  The path of Giles, the early explorer is crossed today. Overnight:  Bush Camp     •  □
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DAY 9: Wed 23 Jun 21 THE DURBA HILLS & SPRINGS 50km + 10 s/d T (BLD)
The beautiful Durba Hills are our back drop as the dawn comes across the Australian Outback.  Our challenge is to climb to the highest point known as Canning's Cairn.  Our view is forever.  Time to walk and explore, perhaps inspect some Aboriginal petroglyphs and some interesting geological formations. A short journey to Durba Springs takes us to the place that Dick Smith from National Geographic calls his 'favourite place in Australia'.  Here we will camp for 2 nights. Overnight:  Durba Springs    •  
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DAY 10: Thu 24 Jun 21 DURBA SPRINGS 0km T (BLD)
A free day to recharge and enjoy the beauty of this wonderful place.  Wash some clothes, clean up, walk and explore, discover some Aboriginal art or just relax and fall in love with Durba. Overnight:  As Above    •  □
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DAY 11: Fri 25 Jun 21 DURBA – LAKE DISAPPOINTMENT 150km + 100s/d T (BLD)
Today we encounter some of our larger sand dunes, the going is tough but interesting.  Well 19, the 'Lonely Well", is well named and Lake Disappointment our destination typify the isolation that the early explorers must have experienced. We will detour to the shore of the lake, perhaps see some wild camels and bird life.  Savory Creek, crosses the Stock Route near Well 19 and flows into the lake.  It is a salt crusted long expanse of water that can often cause difficulties to Stock Route travellers.  Our camp is on a sand ridge under desert oaks and overlooking the lake which is particularly beautiful at sunset and sunrise. Overnight: Lake Disappointment    •  
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DAY 12: Sat 26 Jun 21 THE TALAWANA TRACK 170km + 40s/d T (BLD)
From Lake Disappointment we pass the McKay Ranges, Well 21 and 22 and onto the Talawana Track, another of the Len Beadell tracks constructed in 1962.  Pass the Windy Corner turn off our destination is Well 26, more sand dunes, isolated well sites and to our east the Gibson Desert, named by Giles in memory of Alfred Gibson who perished in the region. Well 26 - Tiwa - was reconstructed in the 1980's by a party of volunteers.  The windlass, whip pole, well bucket, troughing and timber work are all reproductions of the equipment used in 1908.  This is a refreshing stop with plenty of water - bush shower time. Overnight:  Bush Camp •  □
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DAY 13: Sun 27 Jun 21 RESTORATION & ISOLATION 170km + 100s/d T (BLD)
We are now in the area first visited by the explorer Wells in 1896.   Helen Hill, Lake Auld and Thring Rock are sighted as we continue our journey along the Canning Stock Route.  Dunda Jinda, an area sacred to the local Aboriginal community surrounds Well 30. Mujingerra Cave, a limestone cave 4 kilometres south of Well 30 has a large pool of clear water at the end of a tunnel 6 metres below ground.  Well 31 is our overnight stop and is perhaps one of the most picturesque well sites - red sands and ghost gums overlooking a vast salt lake. Overnight:        Well 31    •  
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DAY 14: Mon 28 Jun 21 FURTHER ALONG THE TRACK 60km + 15s/d T (BLD)
This morning we will visit the alternate site for Well 31 which was put down by Snell during his Well construction survey trip in 1929, as it was reported that Well 31 had become salty. However, Canning during his reconstruction trip rebuilt his original well. We cross the Kidson Track, built in the 1960's, to service all exploration in the Great Sandy Desert and an escape route west to the Great Northern Highway. A refreshing bush shower by the windmill at Well 33 is an ideal way to refresh yourselves. Overnight: Bush Camp • □
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DAY 15: Tue 29 Jun 21 THE GREAT DESERT OAK FOREST 100km + 80s/d T (BLD)
Crossing flat spinifex plains with some rocky and corrugated areas.  We travel through the great desert oak woodland visiting Bungabinni, an Aboriginal waterhole, which was recently restored by Peter Vernon of Melbourne and his team of desert explorers which is now a mess again due to flood and fire. Our camp tonight is amidst the desert oaks between Wells 36 and 37. Overnight:  Bush Camp     
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DAY 16: Wed 30 Jun 21 THE HAUNTED WELL 130km + 100s/d T (BLD)
Our first stop this morning is at the 'Haunted Well' - Well 37.  See the graves of the early drovers George Shoesmith, James Thomson and their Aboriginal Stockman who were killed by Aborigines in 1911 and the grave of Jock McLernon, an oil prospector, who also suffered the same fate in 1922. Well 38 Wardabunni Rock Hole, Well 39 - only 5 metres deep and Tobin Lake are our morning stops.  Near Well 40 is the grave of Michael Tobin, the well-borer who was speared during Canning's survey.  Well 41 our destination today is another recently restored site with excellent water and is an ideal spot to camp. Overnight:  Well 41    •  □
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DAY 17: Thu 01 Jul 21 SAND DUNE COUNTRY 180km + 200s/d T (BLD)
An interesting start to the day with the challenge of 30 kilometres of some of the highest sand dunes, on the stock route will be encountered.  Well 42 on the edge of Guli Lake is where Canning obtained water at 1.4metres.  Time permitting Gravity Lakes is worth a visit. Many new tracks have been opened up over the years to connect the Well sites.  Our tour will visit as many sites as practical.  Well 46, our camp tonight provides excellent water. Overnight:  Well 46  
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DAY 18: Fri 02 Jul 21 BREADEN HILLS 140km + 40s/d T (BLD)
Our highlight today is a visit to the Breaden Hills.  The impressive flat topped Southesk Tablelands and Mt. Romilly provide impressive views of the surrounding countryside.  David Carnegie, the explorer, named these tablelands after his father the Earl of Southesk. Canning chose the Breaden Hills - Breaden Tank - large natural rockholes - for the cattle watering holes.  Well 50 our destination is on the edge of pastoral lease country and is an ideal site for our last bush camp on the Canning. Overnight:  Well 50    •  □
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DAY 19: Sat 03 Jul 21 CANNING – TANAMI TRACK 300km T (BLD)
The final Well (51) on the route is on Lake Gregory Station.  Gregory Lake itself often abounds in birdlife and can often inhibit the completion of the stock route journey particularly if there has been summer rain in the southern Kimberley.  Billiluna Homestead is passed before we join the Tanami Track.  Billiluna was the assembly point for many of the mobs of cattle before they commenced their journey south along the Canning Stock Route. Journey along the Tanami Track, another famous Territory Stock Route which after 1929 provided access for the Kimberley cattle properties to drive their stock to the Alice Springs railhead.  Our last bush camp tonight after crossing back into the Northern Territory. Overnight:  Bush Camp
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DAY 20: Sun 04 Jul 21 RABBIT FLAT – TANAMI TRACK – ALICE SPRINGS 600km BM (B)
A morning journey passing the Aboriginal settlement of Yuendumu and a stop at Tilmouth Roadhouse sees our arrival in Alice Springs at approximately 5.00pm concluding a journey of approximately 6000 km and 800 sand dunes, give or take a few and an exciting adventure on what is likely to become a world acclaimed Australia Heritage Trail. Settle into your budget motel room and dine out this evening (own expense) and reminisce with everyone the events of the past twenty days.  Overnight:  Alice Springs
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DAY 21: Mon 05 Jul 21 ALICE SPRINGS (B)
Your tour ends after breakfast today.  Clients to have own onward travel arrangements.  End of services.
Non-refundable deposit required: $1000.00 per person in a Lead vehicle Non-refundable deposit required: $750.00 per person in Tag Along vehicle Balance due no later than: 01 April 2021 CANCELLATION: In the event of cancellation, levies will apply, please see booking conditions for details. Tour Cost In a Lead Vehicle: $9,275.00 per person LAND CONTENT ONLY TOUR IS CONDUCTED IN A 4WD VEHICLE – strict luggage limits will apply    Tag Along Cost: $4,775.00 pp (Vehicle plus 1 Adult) + $4,775.00 pp – Each Additional Passenger LAND CONTENT ONLY Tag Along Vehicles restricted as to type and suitability and are subject to pre-tour inspection. * There will be a maximum of 15 participants on tour, no places on trip will be held without deposited payment* LEGEND: T – Tent BM – Budget Motel s/d – Sand Dunes (km and sand dunes listed are indicative only) B – Breakfast L – Lunch D – Dinner • - Bush Toilet (available every night on a bush camp) □ - Bush Shower
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