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 quadriplegic 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.

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What's new? Western 4WDriver pubished a 6 page article entitled 'A Walker on the Canning'.

Gone Walkabout: 1st week April - 1st week August 2015

Gaynor Schoeman and Les the PerentieThe Lady and the Landy will be on the Canning Stock Route for 4 months. A delay in Wiluna due to rains and road closures, allowed me the opportunity to spend time in the company of locals on daily bush tucker trips where I was fortunate to feast on:


Fuel Sponsors

Les The Perentie is fueled by these generous Supporters:

Our journey started in Melbourne. We have already travelled more than 7000km. Some of the fuel fund has been used to buy spares for the unexpected gearbox pull, labour value around $2000 provided free of charge by Steve Mason. Also provisions.

Gaynor Schoeman greasing the nuts on her Land Rover, nicknamed Les after Les Hiddens

Fuel is donated through two channels:

1) MyCause: Get Les on the Canning

Sat, 04 Apr 2015
William Brooks
we will be in northern Hemisphere for our winter.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015
Marlene Hardman
Hi Gaynor this Phil's daughter Marlene Hardman - hope this helps you buy some diesel. Safe Travels



The Canning Walkers Challenge for 2015

Gaynor camping on the Tanami in 2009Following my passion ...

In 2015 I return to Country, but this time by more traditional means. I will be driving a 4x4. Three to four months steeped in desert adventure ... learning more about the land ... and myself ... for the sheer joy of that experience.

With nothing to prove ... no stressing of body ... no urgent need to keep on moving to achieve a goal ... no destination ... just time to Be ... And let the desert in.

I have always wanted to do this ...

My journey is a continuation of a 5 year love affair with an area known as the Canning Stock Route in Western Australia. 1657km of arid land, red sand dunes, gorgeous sunsets, sunkissed spinifex, treacherous salt pans, curious dingoes, frisky camels, twittering birds and a string of ageing drovers wells in various stages of disrepair. I love this land!


Equipment 2015

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I am looking forward to this coming season...

Buying a 4x4 I could afford, prepping it and putting together enough equipment and food for 3-4 months of 4x4 and desert walking adventure has been a learning curve of note. I came in wet behind the ears and by necessity I am learning to dry them fast with challenging new experiences every day, not least of all sifting through the Tsunami of advice that seldom is agreed upon by more than two people. Trying to work out what is best for me means that I have to ask questions and become educated. I made a lot of mistakes.

Most of my hiking equipment is self funded, but 4x4ing is all new territory. A number of people who believe in me and what I am doing have fully sponsored a bountiful array of 4x4 products for my use. My thanks to you for your faith in me ... and your product. This is no small feat. I am known for my blunt honesty. I tell it like I see it. If the product or service is up to scratch, I am an enthusiastic ambassador. If it is not, I do comment on what I see as the pros and cons. Desert Survival demands honesty and I will not compromise in this.


Nutrition 2015

In 2015 I will be testing out a couple of nutritional options over 3-4 months out in the desert. To be updated

Bush Tucker. I am going to starve, I get that. Having started the learning process in walking with the Nyae-Nyae Bushmen and women of Namibia, I have read a number of books on the subject of Australian Bush Tucker specific to this desert region and hope to learn in practice this year from those who will teach me. To ensure my body stays healthy during this learning process, I will be taking some western food with me in order to give my body and skills time to adapt.


Media Links

CSR Lady and the Landy 2015

CSR Solo Walker 2013

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