Website Development

Canning Walker is changing its information presentation. The comparison charts Recent Adventurers -1968 to Today, Cycling the Canning Stock Route and Walkers - 1972 to Today will show a reduction in information, each walker and cyclist sporting their own page in more detail. The individual pages will tell the story of how the walkers and cyclists achieved what they did, the problems encountered and their successes.

Robin Rishworth, Larry Nolan and Alan Davis

In 1996, Australian cyclists Robin Rishworth, Larry Nolan and Alan Davis attempted the first unsupported crossing of the Canning Stock Route on mountain bikes. They started in Halls Creek, southbound for Wiluna. Robin turned back at Well 51 realising that they were not going to achieve their goal, but noting what was required for a future attempt. Larry turned back at Well 49. It is unclear how far Alan went before he too aborted.

A quote from Robin Rishworth's 1997 CSR Cycle Report referring to his 1996 attempt.


Walkers, Cyclists and Hitchhikers

Step out of your comfort zone and into where the magic happensWhy travel the Canning Stock Route on foot or bicycle ... when there is that wonderful invention, the four wheel drive?

Well ... I did not have a 4WD in 2010 and 2011 ... so I hitched ... and when I did have the use of a 4WD in 2013 ... but then didn't ...  I walked anyway.

Travelling the Canning Stock Route in ways less travelled is a compulsion for me. Why? The book being written will tell a more personal story, but it is in nature that I am encouraged to dig deep, to push myself beyond my known physical and mental endurance ... to Become ... more than I was yesterday.

A couple of things you might consider when preparing for a supported or unsupported attempt on the Canning Stock Route ....


Cycling the Canning Stock Route

2013 CSR Cyclist Scott Felters Porcelainrocket set-upUPDATED 2014-09-19
Mateusz Waligora of Poland cycled into Wiluna yesterday, 18 September, after 29 days on the Canning. CONGRATULATIONS!!! A few details of his epic adventure below.

According to historians Ronel and Eric Gard, the first cyclists to traverse the Great and Little Sandy Deserts were gold prospectors back in 1913 who pushed their bicycles across the desert on their way to the Tanami goldfields.

Summary of CSR cycle events from 1996 to Today


First Solo Walk of Australia's Canning Stock Route

Western Deserts 4W Driver

The Canning Walker's Challenge for 2013

Starting from Billiluna in the north near Halls Creek on 31 May 2013, Gaynor Schoeman walked solo for 66 days, carrying a backpack of 30kg, finishing 1657km later in the tiny outback goldfields town of Wiluna on 05 August 2013.

Gaynor was raising money for quadriplegics wheelchair rugby players under the banner Walk 4 Wheels, and Walk 4 Wings in memory of hangglider pilot and friend, Bruce McClunan, who broke his neck on 1st April 2011.

Many class this walk as unsupported, done in the same way as the first successful walkers lead by Murray Rankin in 1976. Whilst I did not walk with vehicle support, or with another person, without the help of Andy Sutcliffe in establishing my supply route before the walk, and my food sponsors, this walk would not have been possible. For this reason I class my 2013 desert walk only as SOLO .... by my own  standards. Media - CSR Solo Walker logos on right are clickable links to interviews.

UPDATED A six page article in the Spring 2014 Nbr 92 Edition of Western 4Wheel Driver, an Australian 4x4 magazine. Once the magazine is in circulation for awhile, I will link the pdf.