Login

Some articles are restricted to collaborating members assisting in the research and writing of these articles. Should you wish to contribute, you are invited to become a Member. https://www.mycause.com.au/page/130660/canning-walker-website



Canning Stock Route Cyclists, Walkers and Other Notable Achievements

The Canning Stock Route of Australia

Cyclists of the Canning Stock Route     Recent Cameleers of the Canning Stock Route   Walkers of the Canning Stock Route  Motorcyclists of the Canning Stock Route   Noteworthy 4x4 traverses of the Canning Stock Route     2WD Traverses of the Canning Stock Route
Below is a Timeline focusing primarily on foot powered achievements on the Canning Stock Route:

Some made it. Some didn’t. Some came back for more.

Typical traverse times:

4WD and 2WD - 3 weeks
Motorbike - 10 days
Bicycle - 33 days
Walking/Running 1-3 months, depending on support or not

 

 

 

 

Date Mode Names Route - Dates - Distance Achieved - Duration Goal - Claim - Achievement Fame Wall
1959 4WD HA Johnson

Northbound

June. Travelled the CSR from Wiluna to Well 14

Survey

By Landrover, establishing vehicle accessibility

 
1962 4WD

HA Johnson

Northbound

Drove approximately 800km from Well 35 generally along or near the CSR to Billiluna and then on to Halls Creek.

Survey

In an AB120 series International four wheel drive light truck.

 
1964 Vehicle

Bill Moyle

PUBLIC ARTICLE

Southbound

Start: Old Billiluna Homestead near Balgo

End: Well 45

Track scraping in preparation for track building from Halls Creek to Well 35  
1964 4WD

HA Johnson

Southbound

Well 45 to around Well 41 with track making Bombardiers; then survey vehicles Well 41 to Well 35.

Track making and Survey
 
1968 Noteworthy 4WDs of the Canning Stock Route

Dave Chudleigh
Rus Wenholz
Noel Kealley

PUBLIC ARTICLE
Northbound

Start: Wiluna
Date: 10 July

End: Halls Creek
Date: 12 August

Duration: 34 days

Distance: 2575km

First 4WD full traverse

2 x short wheelbase Land Rovers

The first complete 4x4 crossing of the CSR

1971

4Wheel Drive Vehicles

Mark de Graaf
Ed Renton
Don Jenkins
Richard House
Phil Fuller
Bill Screaigh
Laurie Gugiatti
Dave Williams
Alex MacPhee
Two unnamed
Aboriginal guides
Ivor Llewellyn

Southbound

Start: Halls Creek
Date: December

End: Well 22
Date: January 1972

Attempt 

@ 4x4 traverse

 

1972

Walkers of the Canning Stock Route

 


Murray Rankin (NZ)
John & Peter Waterfall (UK)

PUBLIC ARTICLE

Northbound

Start: Wiluna
Date: 03 July

End: Well 24
Returned to Wiluna on
Date: 1 September

Duration: 59 days
Distance: John 230km o/w, Peter 1100km r/t, Murray 1300km r/t

Attempt

@ First Walk Unsupported

Murray Rankin and John and Peter Waterfall

1973

Walkers of the Canning Stock Route

Murray Rankin (NZ)
John Foulsham (UK)

PUBLIC ARTICLE 

Southbound

Start: Old Halls Creek
Date: 01 June

End: Lake Tobin, south of Well 40 at Lake Tobin, 46 days
Date: 17 July

Returned to Halls Creek:  66 days return trip
Date: 06 August
Distance: +- 1000km round trip

 

Attempt

@ Second  Walk  Unsupported
John Fousham and Murray Rankin

1973

4Wheel Drive Vehicles

Wayne Dodd
Bil Bolton
Ian Smith
And one other

 

Southbound

Start: Halls Creek
Date: Early July

End: Well 23

John Foulsham notes that they met on the track, and left water for the walkers at Well 40

Attempt

@ 4x4 traverse

Ref: Work Completed, Canning by Phil Bianchi; under Bil Bolton, it states that the convoy diverted west at Well 23 for Balfour Downs due to mechanical breakdown. Incomplete journey.

 
1974 Motorcyclist of the Canning Stock Route

Motorcyclists
Paul Allardyce
Colin Fitzgerald
Andy Bowman

Airsupport
John Fitzgerald
Phil Schubert

MEMBERS ARTICLE
1974 Motorcyclists
Building in progress

Northbound

Start: Wiluna
Date: 26 August

End: Billiluna
Date: 11 September

End: Halls Creek
Date: 12 September

Duration: 18 days

First Motorcycle full traverse

Air-support

Conquering the CSR

1976 4WD on the Canning Stock Route Ralph Barraclough (AU)
Murray Rankin (NZ)
Serena Rankin (AU)
Northbound

Start: Wiluna
Date: 25 May 1976

End: Halls Creek
Date: 28 June 1976

Duration: 33 days

First Solo Vehicle 4WD full traverse

Unsupported

 

Ralph Barracloughs Land Rover on the CSR
1976 Walkers of the Canning Stock Route

Completed
Murray Rankin (NZ) 
Kathy Burman (AU)
Rex Shaw (AU)

Withdrew
Serena Rankin (AU)
Ralph Barraclough (AU)

Southbound

Start: Old Halls Creek
Date: 02 July

End: Wiluna
Date: 25 September

Duration: 87 days

Distance: Track is +- 1850km
Straight line 1200km
Distance walked +- 1600km

First Walkers full traverse

Unsupported

Supply drops

The 1976 Canning Stock Route Walkers Kathy Burman, Murray Rankin and Rex Shaw Photo Rex Shaw
1983 Motorcycle on the Canning Stock Route Fred Powell (AU) 
Andreas Powell (AU)
Southbound

Start: Halls Creek
Date: 31 August

End: Wiluna
Date: 10 September

Duration: 10 days

Distance: 2057km

First Motorcyclists

Unsupported

No air or 4WD support

One resupply fuel drop at Well 23

Fred and Andreas Powell 1983 CSR Motorcyclists
1988

Walkers of the Canning Stock Route

Peter Vernon (AU)

Northbound

Start: Wiluna Police Station
Date: July

End: Old Halls Creek
Date:

Duration: 35 days

Distance: 1865km

First Northbound Walker/Runner

Supported

Motorcycle and 4x4 support

Peter Vernon CSR runner of 1988
1990

Walkers of the Canning Stock Route

Terry Bolland (AU)

Northbound

Start: Wiluna
Date: 30 June

End: Billiluna
Date: 07 August

Duration: 39 days, including 3 rest days

Supported

Terry Boland with dingo following on the Canning Stock Route Photo Terry Boland
1993 Walkers of the Canning Stock Route Drew Kettle (AU)

Northbound

Start: Wiluna
Date: 19 June

End: Halls Creek
Date: 21 July

Duration: 32 days

Distance: 2000km

Supported - Veteran Walker - Age 73yrs

CLAIM UNDER REVIEW

Drew Kettle http www.robertharding.com
1996 Runner of the Canning Stock Route
Runner
Dave Holleran (AU)

Southbound

Start at Halls Creek
Date: 01 July 1996

End: Wiluna
Date: 25 July 1996

Distance: 1770km

Duration: 24 days, 10hrs, 42mins

RECORD - Fastest Runner

Supported

Dave Holleran Canning Stock Route runner
1996 Canning Stock Route Cyclist Robin Rishworth (AU)
Alan Davis (AU)

Southbound

Start: Halls Creek or Billiluna?
End: Robin withdrew at Well 51, Alan withdrew earlier

Attempt

Unsupported

 
1996 Canning Stock Route Cyclist Larry Nolan

Southbound

Start: Halls Creek or Billiluna?
End: Larry withdrew at Well 49

Attempt

Unsupported

 
1997 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route Bob Simpson

Southbound

Start: Old Halls Creek Post Office
Date: 07 July 1997

End: Wiluna Post Office
Date: 23 July 1997

Duration: 16 days

The fastest cyclist

Supported

 

Bob Simpson cycling the Canning Stock Route
1997 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route Robin Rishworth (AU)

Southbound

Start: Old Halls Creek
Date: 17 June 1997

End: Wiluna
Date: 14 July 1997

Distance: 1780km, took Drover's Lines for a shorter distance i.e. took a straighter line off track on occasion

Duration: 26 days 23hrs, 15min

First Solo Cyclist

Unsupported

Supply drops

Robin Rishworth - first person to cycle the Canning Stock Route
2003 Walkers of the Canning Stock Route

Sarah Marquis (CH)

Northbound

Start: Wiluna
Date: Mid August

Progress tracking date:

Well 26 - 30 September

End: Kunawarritji
Date: ? October

Distance: 1000km

Attempt

@ Supported

Survival Walk

FALSE CLAIM

Sarah Marquis
2004 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route

Kate Leeming (AU)

Northbound

Start: Wiluna
Date: 02 October

End: Halls Creek
Date: 30 October

Duration: 28 days
Distance: 1850km

First Female Cyclist

Supported

Kate Leeming
2005 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route

Jakub Postrzygacz (PL/NZ)

Southbound

Start: Halls Creek
Date: 01 September

End: Wiluna
Date: 03 October

Duration: 33

Distance: 2105 km

First Cyclist
(The benchmark for all cycle attempts)

Unsupported

Without resupply

Jakub Postrzygacz
2006 Motorcycle on the Canning Stock Route

Peter (GR)

Southbound

Start: Halls Creek
Date: +- 18 July

End: Wiluna
Date: July+- 28 July

Duration: +- 10

* First Solo Motorcyclist ?

Verification Required

 

 
2006 Motorcycle on the Canning Stock Route 'Centrelink' (AU)  

* First Solo Motorcyclist ?

Verification Required

Centrelink
2007 Animal Caravan Heidi Douglas (AU)

Southbound

Start: Billiluna
Date: Mid August

End: Wiluna
Date: Mid November

Duration: +90 days

Distance: +- 1800km

Cameleer Heidi Douglas
2009 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route Russell Worthington (AU) Southbound

Start: Halls Creek
Date: 15 May

End: Wiluna
Date: 6 June

Duration: 23 days
RECORD

Fastest Cyclist

Unsupported

Russell Worthington
 
2010 Canning Stock Route Hitchhiker

Gaynor Schoeman (ZA)

Southbound

Start: Billiluna
Date: 17 June

End: Wiluna
Date: 29 June

Duration: 12 days

Distance: 1850km, including side trips

First Hitchhiker Gaynor Schoeman and Andy Sutcliffe CSR 2010
2010 2WD on the Canning Stock Route

Andy Sutcliffe (AU)

Southbound

Start: Billiluna
Date: 17 June

End: Wiluna
Date: 29 June

Duration: 12 days

Distance: 1850km, including side trips

 

One of few 2WD vehicles to complete the CSR under its own power Andy Sutcliffe
2010 Motorcycle on the Canning Stock Route Netty Bell (AU)  

Female Motorcyclist

Unsupported

Netty Bell
 
2011 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route Martijn Boonman (NL) Southbound

Start: Halls Creek
Date: Mid July

End: Wiluna
Date: Mid August

Duration: 31 days

Distance: 1737km

Unsupported
Martijn Boonman
2011 Canning Stock Route Hitchhiker

Gaynor Schoeman (ZA)

Northbound

Start: Kunawarritji
Date: 31 May

End: Halls Creek
Date: 21 June

Duration: 21 days

Distance: 880km, including side trips

Second Hitchhiker Gaynor Schoeman Canning Hitchhiker
 
2013 Walkers of the Canning Stock Route

Pam Armstrong (AU)

Northbound

Start: 3.5km outside Wiluna, intersection to Well 1
Date: 04 May, afternoon

End: 55km north of Well 35
Date: 24 June

Distance: 1055km + ?

Proceeded part walk, part driving to Billiluna

Attempt

@ Supported

Artist Pam Armstrong
2013 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route

Scott Felter (CA)

Tom Walwyn (UK/AU)

Northbound

Start: Wiluna
Date:

End: Billiluna
Date:

Duration: 26 days

Distance: 1660km

Unsupported
Scott Fleter and Tom Walwyn
2013 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route Agnieszka Waligóra (PL)
Mateusz Waligóra (PL)

Southbound

Start: Billiluna or Halls Creek ?
Date: ?

End: Well 46
Date: ?

Duration: ?

Distance: ?

Attempt

@ Unsupported

Mateusz Waligra
2013 Walkers of the Canning Stock Route

Gaynor Schoeman (ZA)

Southbound

Start: Billiluna
Date: 31 May

End: Wiluna
Date: 05 August

Duration: 66 days

Distance: 1657 track distance; Actual distance walked shorter due to walker taking 'Drover Lines' i.e walking off track on a straighter line between water points

First Solo Walker

Utilised supply drops

No support vehicle during walk

 

Gaynor Schoeman - solo Canning Stock Route walker

The successful 2013 CSR Walker and Cyclists made walking or cycling the Canning Stock Route look easy. It is not easy. They were successful because they were well prepared, did their research, trained for the conditions and equipped themselves for success. Please do not take the desert lightly.

Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance

2014 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route

Japanese Cyclist (JP)

Southbound

Start: ?
Date: July

End: 40km south of Billiluna
Date: July

Attempt

@ Unsupported

Japanese CSR Cyclist

2014 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route

Martin Adserballe (DK)

Southbound

Start: Halls Creek
Date: ? July

End: 60km south of Billiluna
Date: ?

Distance: +-240km +60km rtn = +-300km of CSR

 

Attempt

@ Unsupported

Martin Adserballe

2014 Walkers of the Canning Stock Route

Mick Weber (AU)
Rosemary Weber (AU)

Northbound

Start:
3.5km from Wiluna, at the intersection to Well1
Date: 01 July 

End: 10km north of Well 2
Date: +- 4 July

Duration: +-3 days

Distance: +-50km

The walkers then proceeded as a fully supported walk to Well 7, 242km from Wiluna.

The downgraded attempt to Supported ended at Well 7 on 14 July with a medical emergency evacuation.

Attempt

@ Unsupported

Rose and Mick Weber
2014 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route

Alan Melville (AU)

Northbound

Start: Wiluna
Date: 23 July

End: 15km past Well2
Date: 24 July

Distance: 56km

 

Attempt

@ Unsupported

Alan Melville
2014 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route

Lynton Stretton (AU)

Southbound

Start: Billiluna
Date: July 2014

Ended: Somewhere around Well 33
Dates: ?

Attempt

@ Supported

Lynton Stretton
2014 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route Bert van Diermen (NL)

Southbound

Start: Halls Creek
Date: 16 July

End: Wiluna
Date: 29 August

Duration: 44 days

Unsupported

Requiring water and food from 4x4 travellers

Bert Van Dierman cycling the CSR

2014 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route Mateusz Waligóra (PL)

Southbound

Start: Halls Creek, Police Station
Date: 19 August

End: Wiluna, Police Station
Date: 17 September, morning

Duration: 29 days

Distance: 1886km

Unsupported

Requiring water from 4x4 travellers

Mateusz Waligora of Poland 2014 CSR Cyclist
 
2015 Motorcycle on the Canning Stock Route Scott Britnell (AU)

Northbound

Start:
Wiluna
Date: 23 May

End: Billiluna
Date: 25 May

Duration: 47.5 hours or 52 hours

Distance: 1657km

RECORD

Fastest Motorcyclist

Unsupported

With fuel dumps

Scott Britnell CSR Fastest Motorcyclist Record Holder
2015 Gaynor Schoemans 4x4 bushtucker journey Gaynor Schoeman (ZA)

Northbound

Solo Female 4x4 Traveller, Solo Vehicle
 
2015 Walkers of the Canning Stock Route

Walkers: 5

Rosemary Weber (AU)
Cathy Williams (AU)

Jo Graham (AU)
Samuel Lancaster (AU)
Sarah Jane Whitemarsh (UK/AU)

Support Crew: 5

Michael Weber (AU)
Saxon Weber (AU)
Crystal Bevan (AU)
(Wiluna to Halls Creek)

Barbara Rebola (AU)
(Wiluna to Georgia Bore)

Malcolm Williams (AU)
(Georgia Bore to Halls Creek)

Northbound

Start: 3.5km outside Wiluna, intersection Well 1
Date: 19 May(18 May start delayed)
End:
Irrelevant
Date:
Irrelevant
Duration: All walkers were reported riding in vehicles as early as Durba Springs.

~ Three walkers gave up at about a third of the way, between Well 19 and Well 20, before Georgia Bore - and went home.

~ Whereupon the remaining two walkers immediately increased their time getting lifts in the vehicles, riding almost exclusively the last third of the trek to Billiluna.

Attempt

@ Supported

Cathy Williams and Rosemary Weber-One Step Canning Stock Route Suicide Walkers

Sarah Jane Whitemarsh-Jo Graham-Sam Lancaster-Canning Stock Route Suicide Walkers

2015 Gaynor Schoemans 4x4 bushtucker journey

Gaynor Schoeman (ZA)

Southbound

 

 
2015 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route Laurence Perry (CA)

Northbound

Start: Wiluna
Date: August

End:
Well 5
Date: August

Distance: +-200km one way

Attempt

@ Unsupported

Laurence Perry Canning Stock Route Cycling Attempt
2015 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route Mike Kuznetsky (AU)
Marty Graves (AU)

Northbound

Start: Wiluna
Date:  02 July

End: Well 15 and return to Wiluna
Date: +-20 July

Duration: +-18 days
Distance: +-400 one way, 800km return

Attempt

@ Unsupported

Utilising supply drops

Mike Kuznetski and Marty Graves
2015 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route Thomas Kreis (DE)

Northbound

Start: Wiluna
Date: 08 July

Date of arrival in Billiluna: 12 August

End:
Halls Creek
Date: 15 August

Duration: 38 days
Distance: 1886km

Unsupported

Food and water accepted from 4x4 travellers.

Two parcels sent ahead with two separate convoys dropping them  off at designated points for his later recovery, lessening the weight he had to carry.

Thomas Kreis
2015 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route Peter Gargano (AU)

Southbound

Start: Billiluna
Date: 11 August

End: Wiluna
Date: 07 September

Duration: 27 days
Distance: 1650km

Supported

A cycle ride unencumbered by baggage weight

Peter Gargano cycles the CSR
2016 DATA IS INCOMPLETE. TO BE UPDATED.
2016 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route Sam Mitchell (AU)

SOUTHBOUND

Start: Halls Creek
Date: 11 May 2016

End: Wiluna
Date: 30 June 2016

Duration: 50 days
Distance: 1850km

First solar powered/ assisted fatbike traverse

Unsupported

Did accept food and water

Sam Mitchell on solar bike by Ben Dubbeld
2016 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route Martin Adserballe (DK)

SOUTHBOUND

Start: Halls Creek or Billiluna?

Date: Billiluna 18 July 2016

Spotted at Well 49

Unsupported

Martin Adserballe
2016 Cyclist on the Canning Stock Route Paul Davis (AU)

NORTHBOUND

Start: Wiluna
Date: 30 June or 2nd July?

Durba Springs heading for Well 18 on 10 July
Well 33 in July

End: Billiluna
Date: 05 August 2016 or 07 August ?

Duration: 36 Days ?

Unsupported

Accepted food and water from 4x4's

 

Corrections and Updates welcome. Please email them to Contact Gaynor
Errors and Omissions Excepted

               

In support of Australian history - www.canningwalker.comWhat is it like to do the Canning Stock Route on foot, by bicycle, motorbike, 4WD or 2WD? What about hitchhiking?

To read these articles as they are written, become a Member.

How do you become a Member? Make a donation through mycause to receive your Member Login. Articles are made public periodically, but as a Member, you get to read them first, months in advance!

 

Go to top