Welcome to Canning Walker

Gaynor Schoeman Canning Walker

Foot powered attempts on the Canning Stock Route are my passion. Yep, strange one, but there you go.

In addition to having travelled the Canning Stock Route four times in the past five years, in ways less travelled, my goal is to provide the most accurate and comprehensive database of foot powered attempts on the Canning Stock Route.

Regulars will notice some changes to this website, the main one being that there are now individual pages per attempt. These pages are expanding, telling a more detailed story, so keep coming back to catch up on the latest insight into what it takes to walk or cycle the Canning Stock Route!

What's new? A six page article in Western 4WDriver, an Australian 4x4 magazine, entitled 'A Walker on the Canning'. Click on the appropriate banner to download the PDF  ------->>>>>

Happy Reading!

Walkers, Cyclists and Hitchhikers

Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus....Why 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.

What are some of the differences one might consider when deciding whether to do a supported or unsupported attempt on the Canning Stock Route?


Canning Stock Route Wells and Water

This main page provides recent water availability and quality information for those planning CSR foot traverses in 2015.

The well pages are accessed by clicking on the relevant photo. At present the individual well pages offer a photographic history, some as far back as 1961 to today. 

The next step will be to include information for those, like me, who are interested in the history of the Canning Stock Route - short historical notes of interest, Aboriginal stories and recent events. If you are fond of a particular Well and would like to see the Well page developed - you might like to Adopt A Well. Adopt A Well allows ONE person, Company or Group the right to advertise on a particular Well page, with an additional logo on this main page.

Major Contributions thus far in terms of photographs, water availability and quality updates:

* Paul Wise - WELLS OF THE CANNING STOCK ROUTE: their general deterioration over time
* Phil Bianchi - Historian and Author of Work Completed, Canning
* Recent CSR Travellers, particularly Shane Gerrish of Big Red Photographics


First Solo Walk of Australia's Canning Stock Route

End of the CSR for Gaynor Schoeman Canning WalkerThe 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 links accessed through clickable banners on the right of this page.
What's new? Western 4WDriver pubished a 6 page article entitled 'A Walker on the Canning'.

Media Links - CSR Solo Walker