Canning Stock Route

The Canning Stock Route is one of the most isolated and remote public tracks in the world and extends 1850kms from Halls Creek in the Kimberley to Wiluna in the mid-west region of Western Australia.

It was established as a stock route in 1910 as a way to allow the east Kimberley cattlemen to compete on even ground with the west Kimberley cattlemen who were monopolising the beef trade at the beginning of the 20th century.

Even today, travelling the Canning Stock Route is a challenging proposition. The longest historic stock route in the world traverses three deserts – The Great Sandy, Little and Gibson, and is primarily a bush track which is kept open but generally not maintained. In parts the route is wildly beautiful with fresh water springs creating astonishing oases in literally the middle of nowhere. At other times wildflowers stretch as far as the eye can see. Predominantly, the red dirt track stretches throughout classic desert country that is remarkably tranquil.

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