Canning Stock Route Wells and Water

Updated to February 2016

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Summary of my 2015 Water Research

A walk of the Canning Stock Route can be done from a water availability point of view, if you are capable of crossing several 100km dry sections. Walking on the tail end of a nice wet season will improve your odds of success. There is more access to water in the south between Wiluna and Durba Springs/Well 17. This is the easy section with regards to water, terrain and cooler temperatures.

You need to be willing and capable of treating and drinking water contaminated with dead animals and faeces as well as surface muddy water using a variety of treatment methods, especially north of Durba where water is scarce and fewer wells are maintained. A small portable desalinator would be an advantage, but not necessity. Be wary of relying on filter pumps. They often fail due to the fine clay particles in the water. Well 41 has rendered at least 4 MSR MicroWorks pumps useless. It is wise to employ a number of methods to treat drinking water.

It is strongly recommend that you drive the track first to check what the water situation is and to confirm details like distances etc before starting the hike.

 

Please note: This information is provided as a guideline only.
Whilst I try to keep it as accurate as possible with the input of CSR travellers, it is up to you to check the details.
I take no responsibility for information that might prove inaccurate. Corrections and updates welcome.

Recommended reading Distances 100km and greater between RELIABLE water Distances reduced to maximum 100km by drinking DODGY water

ExplorOz Australian 4x4 forum and website Website
- The Canning Stock Route

- Distances between Wells
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Individual Well information

Porcelein Rocket - Website
2013 CSR cyclist Scott Felter

Bicycle Nomad - Website
2013 CSR cyclist Tom Walwyn

A selection of books relating to the Canning Stock Route and Desert Survival

There are six difficult dry sections. Unless it rains. Rain changes everything.

Billiluna and Well 49 = 188km

Well 49 and Well 46 = 100km

Well 46 and Well 41 = 181km

Well 41 and Well 36 = 134km

Well 33 and Well 26 = 212km

Georgia Bore (near Well 22) to Durba Springs/Well17 = 192km * UPDATE (*there is good water at Well 18)

** All distances on this page are approximations **

In the table below are additional water options which you will have to work for.

Between Billiluna and Well 49 there is Lake Stretch, Chungla Well, the possibility of pans with water, Well 51 and the rockholes at teh end of the track leading from Well 50 to Gulvida soak.

Between Wells 49 and 46 there is saline water at Well 43 and camel poo water at Well 42

Between Wells 41 and 36 there is water at Well 39 and Well 37.

Between Wells 33 and 26 there is water at a Well 31 and a soak near Well 27

Between Georgia Bore and Well 18 there is water at a mining bore near Well 21, salt water at Savory Creek, saline black water at Well 19, and camel poo water at Onegunyah Rock Hole

Click on photograph

to see how the wells have changed

Wells and Water

GPS Co-ordinates and Name Variations

Water Quality Updates

*Desalinator  **Desperate times  ***Definitely treat
****Looks good, might treat  *****Excellent, no treatment

 

CSR Wiluna

GPS Co-ords: -26.5921  120.22402

Aboriginal name is Weeloona, meaning Place of Winds

2015 - Gaynor
*****

2013 - Gaynor
***** Municipal water
CSR Well 1

CSR Well  1

GPS Co-ords:  -26.55781  120.18127

No real point in a walker going to this ruined well. Too far off the track

2015-07 - Gaynor

1976 - Rex Shaw
Good water 

CSR Well 1A North Pool

CSR Well 1A - North Pool

GPS Co-ords: -26.44619  120.14784

In 1901 known as 12 Mile Pool.
In 1906 listed by Canning as Number 1A Water

Pool is 10km off the main road. Not a real option for a walker. Possibly for a cyclist, but unlikely to be a attractive during a CSR attempt.
Great camping option for a 4x4 traveller if track not boggy.

2015-07 - Gaynor
** Plenty of muddy water

2015-04 - Gaynor
** A nice deep muddy pool with a small camping area. Water can be drunk after treating. Yabbies for lunch! (fresh water prawns)

2013-08-20 - Gaynor
At 10km from the main road, too far off the main track for a walker. Cyclists and 4x4 travellers enjoy stopping here.

 

Gooosies Well/Windmill Bore

Track distance from Wiluna to Goosies = 19km

2015-04-07 - Gaynor
**** Very g
ood clear water

  Kutkabubba Community Water 2015-4-07 - Gaynor
**** Never tried but should be similar to municipal water
CSR Well 2

CSR Well  2 - Karlkalung

GPS Co-ords: -26.283     120.20778

Track distance Well 2 to Well 2A = 38km

2015-04 - Gaynor
** Water in well is stale but clear. Treat and drink

2014 - Alan Melville windmill report
Windmill removed and relocated to another bore. No water in tank.

2013 - Gaynor
Windmill and tank. No water in tank. Did not check well.

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Good water

CSR Well 2A

CSR Well  2A - The Granites

GPS Co-ords: -26.00503  120.32064

Track distance Well 2A to Well 2 = 38km

Track distance Well 2A toWell 3 = 31km

2015-07 - Gaynor
** Dodgy water. Treat and drink

2015-04 - Gaynor
** Dodgy water. Treat and drink

2013-08-20 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

2010 - Gaynor
Ruin. Some water

2010 - Traveller photo
Ruin. Full of water

1976 - Rex Shaw
Good water

 

Creek water

A few kilomteres hike to the east in direction of Bridal face Outpost

2015-04-08 - Gaynor
*** Walk along the creek bed looking for water pools, or water beneath the sand in likely creek bends and beneath an overhang bush. Clear water found in a few places.

CSR Well 3

CSR Well  3 - Wakunpur

GPS Co-ords: -25.77558 120.4137

Originally known as Number 3 Government Well

Track distance Well 3 toWell 2A = 31km

Track distance Well 3 to Well 3A = 23lkm

2015 - Gaynor
** Water nasty brown and smelly. Quality varies greatly from month to month, year to year

2014
** Water orange

2013-07-31 - Gaynor
** Water brown, slightly saline, smelled of musty, rotting vegetation. A struggle to drink.  Treated with Aqua Salveo. No stomach problems.

2013-05-21 - Gaynor
** Water was better, smelled less, lighter in colour, only slightly saline, easier to drink

2011
Water dark caramel colour. Looked like dark varnish

2006
Water clearer

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Good water
CSR Well 3A

CSR Well  3A

GPS Co-ords:-25.65272 120.48806

Track distance Well 3A to Well 3 = 23km

Not that important due to frequent bore water points for cattle

2015-07 - Gaynor
** There is water. It is difficult to extract as the well is in ruins

2013
Ruin. Water ?

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Good water
  Lake Nabberu Salt water pools
These pools might become less saline with recent rains
They are not that important due to frequent bore water points for cattle.

2015-07 - Gaynor
* Almost no water left in pan - drying out.

2015-04-09 - Gaynor
* Pans with clear salt water and animal life

 

Cattle Trough Bore

Distance between Cattle Trough and Well 3A = 24km

2015-09 - Gaynor
*** Clear water
  Pharis Bore 2015-04-10 - Gaynor
*** Good water
  CSR Well  4 - Kuta Pirla

Originally known as Number 4 Government Well
Not accessible to public. Today's CSR track is routed away from this well.
 
  Snells Pass Bore 2015-04-10 - Gaynor
Good water
  Kennedy Creek

2015-07 - Gaynor
** Water levels had dropped and looking dodgy

2015-04-10 - Gaynor
** Pools of water about  1/2 foot deep. Clear

  Kennedy Bore
There appears to be some working happening at this bore.
2015-04-10 - Gaynor
?

CSR Well 4A

CSR Well 4A

GPS Co-ords:  -25.61778 120.81867

Originally known as Number 4A Government Well

2015-07 Gaynor
?

2015-4-10 - Gaynor


2013

Ruin. Water ?

CSR Windich Spring

CSR Windich Spring

GPS Co-ords:  -25.55714 120.82572

Named by John Forrest in 1874 after one of his Aboriginal companions, Tommy Windich

Track distance between Windich Springs and Well 5 = 32km

2015-07 - Gaynor
*** Water clear and okay to drink once treated

2015-04-11 - Gaynor
*** Water clear and okay to drink once treated

2013-08-19 - Gaynor
*** Water clear, but open to contamination and still, so treated

2013-07-30 - Gaynor
*** Water still, but clear, life swimming in it. Water smelled  like rotting vegetation. Unfamiliar, it was hard to drink. Treated the water with Aqua Salveo. No stomach problems

2010 - Gaynor
Water clear looking. Did not drink.

1976 Rex Shaw
Odd taste, but drinkable 

CSR Well 4B

CSR Well  4B

GPS Co-ords:  -25.49483  120.88514

Originally known as Number 4B Government Well

2015-07- Gaynor

 

2015-04-12 - Gaynor

 

2013
Ruin. Water?

CSR Well 5

CSR Well  5

GPS Co-ords:  -25.37664  121.00439

Originally known as Number 5 Government Well

Track distance between Well 5 and Windich Springs = 32km

Track distance between Well 5 and Well 6 = 19km

2015-07 - Gaynor
**** Water was good and clear.

2015-04-12 - Gaynor
**** Water was good and clear, much to my surprise. The first time I have drunk from this well.

2014
Water orange

2012
Not operational

2010
Water good

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Good water

CSR Well 6

CSR Well  6 - Pierre Spring / Milyirnirri

GPS Co-ords: -25.24032  121.0995

Named Pierre Spring by John Forrest in 1874, after one of his Aboriginal companions, Tommy Pierre

Track distance between Well 6 and Willy Willy Bore = 28km

2015-07 - Gaynor
Water good again

2015-04-14 - Gaynor

**** A mixed bag this year. Was very good when I visited in April and early August, although water levels very low. A couple of dead animals around the well. During the season, however, something may have died in the water as there were reports to it being foul for awhile. Recommend straining due to tiny leach like swimmy things

2013-08-19
**** Water excellent

2013-07-28 - Gaynor
**** Water excellent

2013-05 - Gaynor
**** Water excellent

2010-05-27 - Gaynor
**** Water excellent

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Good water
CSR Well 7

CSR Well  7 - Ngunpa

GPS Co-ords:  -25.15819  121.2905

Track distance between Well 7 and Willy Willy Bore = 5km

2015-7 - Gaynor
Small amount of toxic looking water.

2015-4-14 Gaynor

Small amount of toxic looking water. Oil sheen on surface. Dead cows and a camel in the area.

2013
Ruin. Hole. No visible water

2010
Ruin. No visible water

1976
Good water - 
Rex Shaw
 

 

Willy Willy Bore

Note: Bore is a fair bit further south than shown on EOTopo mapping

Track distance Well 6 to Willy Willy Bore = 28km

Track distance Willy Willy to Scorpion Bore = 8.6km

 

2015-04-14 Gaynor
*** Water clear and good
CSR Well 8

CSR Well  8 - Kunpa

GPS Co-ords:  -25.10603  121.38695

2015-07 - Gaynor
Dry

2015-04-14 - Gaynor
Dry

2013
Ruin. Some shaft left. Water ?

2010
Ruin. Water ?

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Good water
 

Scorpion Bore

Track Distance between Canning and Scorpion Bore appoximately 9km

2015-07 Gaynor
*** Water clear and good

2015-04-15 Gaynor
*** Water clear and good

 

Canning Bore

Track distance between Well 9 and Canning Bore approximately 20km

2015-07 - Gaynor
*** Water in tank clear but with dead birds floating in it
CSR Well 9

CSR Well  9 - Palatji

GPS Co-ords:  -25.01825  121.58639

Also known as Weld Springs

Track distance between Well 9 and Piccinini Bore = 10.5km
(The turnoff is at 9km)

Track distance between Well 9 and Well 10 = 22km

2015-04-15 - Gaynor
*** Clear but stale water in well. Has a VERY heavy lid on top of the shaft to keep animals out.

**** The bore providing water to the cattle nearby is clear and tastes good.

2013-08-19 - Gaynor

Water visible in shaft. This is a cattle watering point so may be possible to take water from another facility, with permission

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Good water
 

Glen Ayle Station

There are regular bores between Well 9 and Glen Ayle Station, usually around 10km apart, maximum distance 20km.

 

 

Piccanini Bore

Track distance between Well 9 and Piccinini Bore = 10.5km

Track distance between Piccinini Bore and Well 12 = 66km

2015-04-15 - Gaynor
*** Good bore / tank water

CSR Well 10

CSR Well 10

GPS Co-ords:  -24.85231  121.65289

Also known as Lucky Well, because it marked the end of the dune country

Track distance between Well 10 and Piccinini Bore = 13km

Track distance between Well 10 and Well 9 = 22km

2015-04 - Gaynor
** A small amount of water in a deep shaft. Managed to extract 1L. Water was pink with disturbed gravel. Smelled stale. Drinkable. But there was so little water.

2013 - Gaynor
Ruin. Water ?

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Good water
CSR Well 11

CSR Well 11

GPS Co-ords:  -24.74897  121.734

Originally known as Goodwin Soak

2015-07 - Gaynor
* Saline water

2015-04-19 - Gaynor
* Saline. Finches drinking

2013 - Gaynor
Ruin. Water ?

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Good water
 

Large Soak

Track distance between large soak and Well 12 = 26km

Almost a little lake at the foot of a dune, a fair way from the track to the west. Easy to see due to recent burn. Plenty of birdlife.

2015-04 - Gaynor
***  Tasted like fresh rain water.

 

Muddy water in vehicle tracks

2015-04 - Gaynor
** Strain, boil and treat. Okay to drink

 

Shallow soaks

Multiple very shallow pans east of track, easy walking distance

Track distance between shallow soaks and Well 12 = 24km

2015-07 - Gaynor
Only dampness left on surface. Might be possible to dig for seepage. Did not try

2015-04 - Gaynor

*** 1cm deep water. Sucked up through a narrow clear pipe and transferred into a container. Found a camel print which offered slight deeper what to suck up. Tasted like fresh rain water.
CSR Well 12

CSR Well 12

GPS Co-ords:  -24.59408  121.87258

Track distance between Piccinini Bore and Well 12 = 66km

Track distance between Well 12 and 15 = 72km

Track distance between Well 12 and Well 13 = 29km

2015-07 - Gaynor
**** Good water

2015-05
**** Well restored by Track Care

2015-04-21 - Gaynor
**** Water was clear and tasted good. Drank without treating.  No ill effects. Next day pulled out two large dissolved lizard skins. treated water after that. It rained 21-23 April. Midday temperatures dropped to 11C.

2013-08-18 - Gaynor
Excellent water

2013-7-23 - Gaynor
**** Excellent water

2010 - Gaynor
**** Excellent water

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Good water
CSR Well 13

CSR Well 13 - Pulpurrumal

GPS Co-ords:  -24.42214  121.98822

Track distance between Well 13 and Well 12 = 29km

 

2015-07 - Gaynor
Dry

2015-04-24 - Gaynor
** No water in depression. Did extract muddy surface water in vehicle tracks, boil and drink. Soak nearby on the main track was dry on surface

2013-08-18 - Gaynor
Ruin. Difficult to find. No visible water

2010 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

1976  - Rex Shaw 
Saline
CSR Well 14

CSR Well 14 - Djindjimal

GPS Co-ords:  -24.28578  122.05336

2015-07 - Gaynor
Dry

2015-04-25 - Gaynor
Dry

2013-08-18 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

2010 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Caved in. Dry. No water
CSR Well 15

CSR Well 15 - Mandjangga

GPS Co-ords:  -24.14097  122.202

Track distance between Well 12 and 15 = 72km

Track distance between Well 15 and 16 = 15km

2015-07 - Gaynor
**** Water was clear and good

2015-04-25 - Gaynor
**** Water was clear and good

2013-08-18
Dead rat in water

2013-07
Water very good

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Good water
CSR Well 16

CSR Well 16 - Larulawa

GPS Co-ords:  -23.90822  122.3835

Track distance between Well 15 and 16 = 15km or 39km???

Track distance between Well 16 and Durba = 43km

2015-04-26 - Gaynor
** Clearish stale water. But drinkable.
Warning - There is risk of the walls you stand on to draw water, caving in. There are also pans nearby. Did not check for water as there was a lot of camels in this area. Same in 2013.

2013-08-18
Ruin. Water ?

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Saline
CSR Biella Springs

CSR Biella Spring

GPS Co-ords:

2015-04-27 - Gaynor
*** Clear pools of water along the creek. Would treat due to water being still and open to contamination.

** The water hole at the source was dodgy

2013-08-18
Clear pools of water

CSR Well17 Killagarra Gorge

CSR Well 17 - Jilikurru

GPS Co-ords:

Also known as Killagurra (phonetic spelling)

2013-08-17
**** Clear pools of water. Water better quality than Durba Springs which is contaminated by human and other animals
CSR Durba Springs

CSR Durba Springs - Jurrpa

GPS Co-ords:

 

2015-07 - Gaynor
*** Draw water as far upstream as possible. Strain and treat. Lots of reeds and debris, subject to shower, swimming and animal contamination

2015-04-29 - Gaynor
*** There is clear water. Treat. More reeds than in 2013

2014-08-19
Bert van Diermen's photograph shows usual levels of water

2013-08-16
*** Usual levels of water

2013-07-19 - Gaynor
*** Usual levels of water, however quality affected by human contamination. Travellers swim in and shower next to it, and rangers herbicide leaches into the pool. I collected water up stream and travellers topped me up with water from Well 17

2013-05-23 - Gaynor
*** Water clear but with a herbicide smell

2010 - Gaynor
Good water

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Good water
CSR Well 18

CSR Well 18 - Wankuju

GPS Co-ords:  -23.56344  122.52853

Track distance between Well 18 and Diebel Hills intersection = 15km

Track distancebetween Well 18 and Terence Hill / Onegunya Rockhole = 15km

2015-07 - Gaynor
*** Water clear and okay to drink

2015-05-01 - Gaynor
*** Water clear and okay to drink

2013-08-16
Water quality poor, slightly saline, but drinkable

Note: some cyclists report upset stomachs so treat water

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Good water
 

CSR Onegunyah Rockhole

GPS Co-ords:

Track distance between Well 18 and Terence Hill / Onegunya Rockhole = 15km

Track distance between Onegunyah Rockhole and intersection / turn off on main track = 10km

Track distance between intersection / turn off and Well 19 = 17km

2015-07 Gaynor
*** What a surprise! Rockhole full of water. Water good to drink after treating or boiling.

2015-05-01 - Gaynor
** Desperate times, but drinkable once strained and treated. Boiling helps separate the particles of camel poo.

CSR Well 19

CSR Well 19 - Kunangititi

GPS Co-ords:  -23.42681 122.48872

Also known as Kunanaggi (phonetic spelling)

Track distance between Well 19 and Well 18 = 22km

Track distance between Well 19 and turn off to Onegunyah Rockhole = 17km

2015-07 - Gaynor
* Salty, nasty black water

2015-05-01 - Gaynor
* Salty, nasty black slush, even after digging down

2014-08-17
A shallow hole with very dirty, unappealing water

2013-08-16
A shallow hole with dirty water

2013-5 - Gaynor
A shallow hole with dirty water

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Caved in. Water availability uncertain
 

Savory Creek

Recommend walking off track as I did in 2013, taking a direct line from Savory Creek to a side track just north of  near Onegunyah Rockhole, completely bypassing Well 19 and saving 20+ kms. The straightline walk is about 21km to the small side track onto the lake, north of Onegunyah. The terrain is easy walking, mostly flat. Beware of hard salt lakes becoming wet and boggy if taking short cuts. The experience can be frightning and exhausting.

2015-05-02
VERY clear, salty water at all times
 

Mining PVC bore pipe casing #1409

2015-05-02
* Water. Did not taste.

 

Mining PVC bore pipe casing #1410

2015-05-02
* Saline

CSR Well 20

CSR Well 20 - Karanyal

GPS Co-ords:  -23.25397  122.59672

Also known as Karanyulu (phonetic spelling)

Far off the track. No reason for a cyclist or walker to go out there. Nice 4x4 desert oak campsite though

2015-05-02 - Gaynor
Dry. Barely a depression, just a few pieces of metal.

2013 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Caved in and dry
CSR Well 21

CSR Well 21 - Jilkupuka

GPS Co-ords:  -23.17764 122.8095

Also known as Tjilkabulka (phonetic spelling)

2015-07 - Gaynor
* Some slightly saline  water

2015-05 - Gaynor
* Some water, slightly saline, smelly, stale. Possible to drink small amounts, but there was an alternative close by in 2015

2013 - Gaynor
Ruin. Some water, but difficult to get to

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Very saline water
 

Mining PVC bore pipe casing #1418

Do NOT rely

2015-07 - Gaynor
Sealed. Unable to extract water

2015-06 - Gaynor
* Pipe open. Saline water
 

Mining PVC bore pipe casing #1419

Do NOT rely
2015-07 - Gaynor
Sealed. Unable to extract water

2015-06 - Gaynor
* Pipe open. Slightly saline water
 

Mining PVC bore pipe casing #1420

Do NOT rely
2015-07 - Gaynor
Sealed. Unable to extract water

2015-06 - Gaynor
* Pipe open, but with obstrucion that made drawing water frustrating. Saline water
 

Willjabu Track Bore
Drinking water on new mine road between Talawana Track and Lake Disappointment, east of Well 21

Track distance between Willjabu Bore and Well 21 = 7km

2015-05 - Gaynor
**** Good clear water in tank
CSR Well 22

CSR Well 22 - Martilirri

GPS Co-ords:  -23.12067  123.04236

Als
o known as Matirlirra (phonetic spelling)

2015 - Gaynor
Dry. Plants stressed with water shortage.

2013 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water.

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Dry
CSR Georgia Bore

CSR Georgia Bore

GPS Co-ords:
 
2015 - Gaynor
***** Water excellent

2013 - Gaynor
***** Water excellent

2011 - Gaynor
***** Water excellent

2010 - Gaynor
***** Water excellent
 

Mining PVC bore pipe casing #14..
Unable to read number

Do NOT rely

2015-07 - Gaynor
Warning - Might be capped and inaccessible

2015-06-10 - Gaynor
* Water clear but with dead lizard. Salty

CSR Well 23

CSR Well 23 - Kalpya

GPS Co-ords:  -23.07928  123.22053

2015-06-10 - Gaynor
Dry depression

2013
Ruin. No visible water

1976 - Rex Shaw 
Very saline water
 

Mining PVC bore pipe casing #1423

Do NOT rely

2015-7 - Gaynor
Warning - Might be capped and inaccessible like others. Did not check as was salty in June and had drinking water at capped bore near Well 24

2015-06-10 - Gaynor
* Water clear but very salty. Salty dry pans in area

 

Mining PVC bore pipe casing #1427

Do NOT rely

2015-05-10 - Gaynor
Dry, but signs of a drainage trough nearby, so mayby water at other times
 

Capped Bore

Been there for a number of years. A good option. Need to be able to extract water via narrow PVC bore piping. One litre billy will not do.

Track distance between Georgia Bore and Capped Bore = 35km

2015 - Gaynor
*** Water clear, drinkable, but stale. Bailing likely to improve the quality of the water. Treat
CSR Well 24

CSR Well 24 - Kartarru

GPS Co-ords:  -23.10947  123.3435

Also known as Karara or Curara Soaks (phonetic spelling)

Track distance between Well 24 and Well 26 = 47km

2015-07 - Gaynor
** Dodgy water

2015-05-10 - Gaynor
** Water drinkable once treated, but dodgy. Better option is to take from the capped bore nearby

2013-08-15
Filled with water, quality unknown

2013-07 - Trish Harrison
Green plants on top of water. Quality unknown.

2010 - Gaynor
Water look very bad - a toxic looking neon green slime

1976 Rex Shaw
Slightly saline water
 

Valley water
About 4km on the northern part of the track up on a rocky rise, look down into the deep valley on the west side of the track

2015-05-11 - Gaynor
Dry

2013 - Gaynor

There was plenty of water. Quality unknown

CSR Well 25

CSR Well 25 - Warntili

GPS Co-ords:  -22.98278  123.39672

2015-07 - Gaynor
Dry

2015-05-10 - Gaynor
Dry

2013
Ruin. No visible signs of water

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Caved in and dry
 

Clay pans with water

 

2015-07 - Gaynor
Dry

2015-05 - Gaynor
Dry

2013-08-15 Tom Walwyn and Scott Felter
Plentiful muddy water

2013-07 - Gaynor
Plentiful muddy water

2013-05 - Gaynor
Plentiful muddy water
CSR Well 26

CSR Well 26 - Tiwa

GPS Co-ords:  -22.91606  123.50572

Track distance between Well 26 and Well 24 = 47km

2015-07- Gaynor
**** Excellent water

2015-05- Gaynor
**** Excellent water. One of the best restored wells on the Canning Stock Route

2013
**** Water very good

2010
**** Water very good

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Good water
CSR Well 27

CSR Well 27 - Rarrki

GPS Co-ords:  -22.79469  123.64428

2015-05-24- Gaynor
The well was dry, the surrounding area stressed through lack of water. Fire damage since my visit in 2013. No birds. Due to fallen in timber and the numerous round holes in the walls of the well, I declined to dig for water for safety reasons. (Snakes? Or maybe mice. But where there are mice there is likely to be snakes.)

2013-07-08 - Gaynor
Water in the shaft. The shaft was hidden in long grass and mulga bush. I never drank as I did not need to. Birds were drinking the water. Nests with babies in the mulga bush. Predator birds hunting in the area.

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Good water
 

SOAK a 700m down the side track heading west of CSR Well 27

Track distance between Well 27 Soak and Well 33 = 191km

Track distance betweenWell 27 Soak and Well 30 = +-100km

Don't blindly follow the track all the way to the end - that is for lost people who have no idea where they are going. After half a kilometre - look to your right for an open gravel space with a tiny bit of green grass. That is the soak. Beyond are scrappy looking trees.

2015-07 - Gaynor
*** There was still water, the hole open. But some idiot had shot the dingo.

2015-05-24 - Gaynor
*** A few weeks later I heard that a dingo had dug another half meter and found water. I returned to see it for myself. At 2.5 - 3m from surface, found good water on my second attempt. Also found a white plastic busket that someone, a long time ago, had used to try form a small well casing - at 2m below the surface.


2015-05 - Gaynor
Hole filled up with sand. First attempt I dug until I found damp soil which wasps were excited about, but no water.  Shaking with exhaustion I gave up too soon at about 2m.

CSR Well 28

CSR Well 28 - Wuranu

Also known as Waranu (phonetic spelling)

GPS Co-ords:  -22.64314  123.75719

Track distance from Well 27 to Well 28 - 33km


2015 - Gaynor
Dry, barely a depression

2013 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible signs of water

1976 Rex Shaw
Caved in and dry

 

Camel pools - small clay pans

2015-05-27 - Gaynor
** Walking in the opposite direction of the first turn off to Thring Rock, found camel pools with muddy water.

** There are also clay pools around Thring Rock

CSR Well 29

CSR Well 29 - Mamunara

Also known as Mamurnarra (phonetic spelling)

GPS Co-ords:  -22.55483  123.879

2015 - Gaynor
Dry

2013
Ruin. No visible signs of water

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Good water

CSR Well 30

CSR Well 30 - Juntujuntu

GPS Co-ords:  -22.50411  124.13969

Also known as Dunda Jinda (phonetic spelling)

 

2015-05-27 - Gaynor
** Dug down 2.5 - 3m from surface level and found drinkable water

2013
Ruin. No visible signs of water

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Very bad tasting water, but drinkable
 

Soak about a 100m from Well 30

2015 - Gaynor
If it was the correct place, it was dry at 1.5m when I hit a limestone bowl
CSR Well 31

CSR Well 31 - Walawala

GPS Co-ords:  -22.52558  124.40714

Also known as Wullowla or Warlawarla (phonetic spelling)

2015 - Gaynor
Dry

2013
Ruin. No visible signs of water

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Caved in and dry
 

Snells Well

CSR Well 32

CSR Well 32 - Nyarruri

GPS Co-ords:  -22.40606  124.5855

2015 - Gaynor
Dry, not even a depression, just a few pieces of scrap metal

2013
Ruin. No visible signs of water

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Good water
CSR Well 33

CSR Well 33 - Kunawarritj

GPS Co-ords:  -22.34189  124.77519

Also known as Gunowaggi (phonetic spelling)

2015 - Gaynor
The original well is not in use, nor is it required. It does have water in the shaft

2013 - Gaynor
The original well received a new concrete framework and mesh cover.

The NEW WELL has a windmill which now draws clean good drinking water to the surface and stores it in a tank for traveller use. Excess water overflows into a pool from which animals drink. Most 4x4 travellers will still elect to fill up at the community tap a few kms away.

2013 - Gaynor
Water excellent

2011 - Gaynor
Water excellent

2010 - Gaynor
Water excellent

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Good water
CSR Kunawarriti Community

CSR Kunawarritji Community

GPS Co-ords:

2015 - Gaynor
***** Water smelled heavily of chlorine.
I opted to drink Well 33 water instead.
CSR Well 34

CSR Well 34 - Nyipil

GPS Co-ords:  -22.25903  124.90258

Also known as Nibil (phonetic spelling)

Track distance from Kunawarritji about 25km

2015-07 - Gaynor
* Saline

2015-05-29 - Gaynor
* Saline. There was some ugly water in a shallow hole. Dug about 2ft (over 1.5m from the surface), emptying the old water and new water poured in like a garden hose. It was salty.

2013 - Gaynor
A little digging, no more than two feet, revealed dirty water seepage

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Good water
CSR Well 35

CSR Well 35 - Kinyu

GPS Co-ords:  -22.21319  125.05058

Also known as Minjoo (phonetic spelling)

A difficult well to find in a frustrating maze of mulga and lost tracks. Getting out just as hard.

2015 Tip: on the way in, keep left until you see some wooden posts recently semi-installed. On the way out keep right until you find the main track

2015-05-29 - Gaynor
Hard to be sure where the well is. Scraps of metal laying about, no notable depression. A narrow PVC pipe was installed in 19..? It has some slow water seepage, not more than 1cm on the bottom and does not seem to improve. The pipe is likely blocked up.

2013-06 - Gaynor
No visible water

2011 - Gaynor
No visible water

2010 - Gaynor
No visible water

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Partially caved in. Good water
 

Bungabinni Well

GPS Co-ords:

A wooden shaft well - smaller than Canning's wells

2015-05-29 - Gaynor
Bitter water
CSR Well 36

CSR Well 36 - Kilkil

GPS Co-ords:  -22.13956  125.28325

Also known as Wanda

 

2015-05-30 - Gaynor
Water good, but not as good as in previous years

2013-08
Water good

2013-06 - Gaynor
Water good

2013-05 - Gaynor
Water good

2011 - Gaynor
Water good for me, but not for
cyclist Martijn Boonman who came after me in 2011. He found a dead camel in the well. I was lucky, he was not.

2010 - Gaynor
Water good

1976 - Rex Shaw 
Good water
CSR Well 37

CSR Well 37  - Lipuru

GPS Co-ords:  -22.155  125.45917

Also known as Libral or Haunted Well


2015-05-30 - Gaynor
** Open and messy with camel poo and bird contamination

2013-06 - Gaynor
Nasty looking water

2011 - Gaynor
Water was foul. In those days I was precious and preferred to walk another 20km back to Well 36 rather than strain, boil and drink it

2010 - Gaynor
Water foul

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Good water
 

Ural Native Well

GPS Co-ords:

Track to this well is no longer visible

 
CSR Well 38

CSR Well 38 - Wajaparni

GPS Co-ords:  -21.951  125.53392

Also known as Wardabunna Rockhole (phonetic spelling)

Rocky ground is a good catchment area for water.
Personally never seen water in the main pool only one in a tiny pool

2015-05-31 - Gaynor
No water

2014-08 - Mateusz Waligóra
Dry

2013-08-12
Some water in shallow cave pool, part of a rocklands creek system

2011 - Gaynor
Dry

2010-06-15 - Gaynor
A small amount of foul water in a small rockhole.

2009 - Russell Worthington
W
ater. It was a fill point for him

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Unreliable water. Dry in August
CSR Well 39

CSR Well 39 - Kukapanyu

GPS Co-ords:  -21.76703  125.65172

Also known as Murguga

2015-07 - Gaynor
** Well seems reliable with water still in the hole dug the previous month. 

2015-06-01 - Gaynor
** There was a depression in the silted up derelict well shaft where birds and dingoes could drink - held about 10L of water. Dug about 2ft deeper, water turning into a murky grey liquid which I tried to empty with a billy. More water filtered in overnight and settled. About 50L. Drinkable once treated. 

2013-08-12 - Gaynor
Small amount of water in one corner of the sand filled well

2010-06-19 - Gaynor
Small amount of water in one corner

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Good water
CSR Well 40

CSR Well 40 - Natawalu

GPS Co-ords:  -21.66792  125.78853

Also known as Waddawalla

2015-07 - Gaynor
Dry

2015-06-02 - Gaynor
Dry 

2013-08-12 - Gaynor
Ruin. Soak in the surrounding area dry

2011 - Gaynor
Soak in the surrounding area dry

2010-06-19 - Gaynor
Soak in the surrounding area dry

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Good water
Well 41

CSR Well 41 - Tiru

GPS Co-ords:  -21.55344  125.84817

2015-07 - Gaynor
*** Water was the best I have seen it. This well water quality is highly variable.

2015-06-02 - Gaynor
*** Water was the best I have seen it. This well water quality is highly variable.

2014-07-30 - Bert van Diermen
Water very brown and opaque. Mateusz Waligóra's Water filter broke whilst he tried to pump water. Bert van Diermen's MSR Miniworks also stopped pumping water after a few strokes.

2013-8-11 - Gaynor
Water cloudy. Scott Felter and Tom Walwyn's MRS MiniWorks struggled to pump the water, so they gave up and drank the water untreated. Water bugs may have caused Tom Walwyn's illness, plaguing him all the way to  Billiluna.

2010 - Gaynor
Water a toxic looking neon orange from vegetation colouring, but see though

2005 - Jakub Postrzygacz
Flooded, so plenty of water - Jakub Postrzygacz Filtering, boiling or treating recommended

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Good water
CSR Well 42

CSR Well 42 - Kulyayi

GPS Co-ords:  -21.3155  125.88242

Also known as Guli Tank (phonetic spelling)

2015-7 - Gaynor
** Water holes dug from previous month still there but quality very dodgy. Best to dig a new hole. Only a foot or two digging required to release water.

2015-6-2 - Gaynor
** There were already a couple of small holes dug in order for birds and animals to access water. I dug a third small hole less than 2ft deep to check how quickly it filled and if quality improved. It was fast and the water, once settled, a better quality than the holes that were exposed to animal contamination.

2013-08-11 - Gaynor
Some surface water

2011 - Gaynor
Some foul water in shallow holes

2010 - Gaynor
No water, but very green. Did not dig.

2005 - Jakub Postrzygacz
Flooded, so plenty of water  Filtering, boiling or treating recommended

1976 Rex Shaw
Water in well dirty. Hole dug next to well produced good water 

1973 Rex Shaw
Murray Rankin and John Foulsham dug a hole next to the well, which produced good water 

Well43_Rays_Well_255

CSR Well 43 - Katajilkarra

GPS Co-ords:  -21.21333  125.97381

Also known as Billowaggi

2015-07- Gaynor
Water still saline. Finches drinking.

2015-06-02 - Gaynor
Dug down about 1.5m in Ray Garde Well next to Well 43. Slightly saline water. Might improve with rain or drawing of water?

2013-08-11 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

2011 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

2010 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Good water
CSR Well43 and Well44 - inbetween

Between Well 43 and Well 44

 

2005 - Jakub Postrzygacz
T
ook water dug from a hole in the ground.
Recent rains, birds and animal tracks help to locate water between working wells. These are often called “native wells” orsoaks where holes were dug into sand or soil laying next to the point where a sloping surface of hard, impermeable rock disappeared beneath a flat plain. The upraised rock surface serves as a rainwater catchment and the run-off soaks into the soft sediments surrounding it.

Sometimes wells are located in swales between sandridges with no close proximity to rocky outcrops. In such cases there may be a widespread subsurface water table that is accessible only in the more depressed regions. With few exceptions, the depth of these native wells does not exceed about 4 or 5 metres, but an average depth is only about 1.5 metres. Sometimes the water is just below the surface as with Jakubs hole, at Well 42 and Well 19
 

Burnagu Sand Soak - not found.
4.2km south of Well 44

2015-07 - Gaynor
CSR Well 44

CSR Well 44 - Jimpirrinykarra (This name is the tribal spelling for the soak below. Check)

GPS Co-ords:  -21.01386  126.15003

2015 - Gaynor
There is barely a depression. Hot, dry hard land meant there was no thought of digging.

Instead I tried to locate two Aboriginal wells or soaks in the area - Failed, despite having Cannings co-ordinates. Simply no trace in the sand. To find them would have meant deep digging in various likely locations. Without seeing a strong likely option, I declined.

2013 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

2011 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

2010 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Caved in and dry
 

Jimberingga Soak - not found despite 8 hours of searching. 3.4km north of Well 44

 

Gravity Lakes

2015-07 - Gaynor
Dry

2015-06 - Gaynor

Dry

2013-08-11
No water

2013-06 - Gaynor
Muddy water in the pans

2011 - Gaynor
Some muddy pan dampness

CSR Well 45

CSR Well 45 - Jintijinti

GPS Co-ords:  -20.79375  126.17478

Also known as Tjinditjindi (phonetic spelling)

2015-07 - Gaynor
Dry

2015-06 - Gaynor
Dry

2013 - Gaynor
Ruin. A big hole where the wllks of the well hav caved in. No visible water

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Good water

Well46 water quality in 2010

CSR Well 46 - Kujuwarri

GPS Co-ords:  -20.64186  126.28772

Also known as Kuduarra or Kotjowari (phonetic spelling)

2015-07 - Gaynor
*** Water was low but good

2015-06 - Gaynor
*** A difficult year for Well 46. Water levels were lower than usual, perhaps a combination of being pumped due to a dead animal fouling the water. Also the heavy use by increasing numbers of tour groups. The two occasions I drew water heading north and then south, the water was fine.

2013-08-09

Well water excellent

2013-06-13 -Gaynor
Well water excellent with plenty of flood waters in the area

2013-05 - Gaynor
Well water excellent with plenty of flood waters in the area

2011-06-17 - Gaynor
Water excellent

2010-06-18 - Gaynor
Water excellent

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Good water
Point Massie

Point Massie

GPS Co-ords:

A part of the CSR not generally visited.

Off track distance between Point Massie and Well 46 = 29km

Shortest off track distance from main track Point Massie rock hole = +-5km

2015-07 - Robert Maskill
Dry

2015-06-08 Gaynor

*** Water in main pool and clearer water in smaller pools above

2010 - Alan McCall
Plenty of water. Quality. Point  Massie again in June

2003 - Alan McCAll
A very small amount of foul water. Alan McCall - Outback Yonder

CSR Well 47

CSR Well 47 - Kartalapuru

GPS Co-ords:  -20.43036  126.29156

Also known as Kardalapuru (phonetic spelling)

2015-07 - Gaynor
Dry

2015-06 - Gaynor
Dry

2013 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

2011 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

2010 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

1976 -  Rex Shaw 
Good water
 

Dirribirri Rock Holes

2015-07 - Gaynor
*** A double rockhole with clear and plentiful water in the top rockhole and milky brown water in lower pool

1976 - Murray Rankin, Rex Shaw and Kathy Burman
Good water

1973 - John Fouldsham and Murray Rankin
Good water

 

CSR Breaden Pool

CSR Breaden Pool

GPS Co-ords:  -20.24645  126.57089


2015-07 Gaynor
*** Water level dropped noticably. Okay still to drink once treated.

2015- 06 Gaynor
*** Good clear water

2013-08-08
Water foul

2010 - Gaynor
Water clear

2009-05 - Russell Worthington
Water foul.
CSR Godfrey Tank

CSR Godfrey Tank - Wartikarrapungu

GPS Co-ords:  -20.24847  126.52333

2015-07 - Gaynor
Dry. I would dig if desperate, but other waterholes in the area had water.

2015-06 - Gaynor
** Small pool of dodgy water

2013-08-09
*** Good amount of water, slighty better quality water than Breaden Pool

CSR Well 48

CSR Well 48 - Kaningarra

GPS Co-ords:

Also known as Koningara (phonetic spelling)

2015-7 - Gaynor
Dry

2015-06 - Gaynor
Dry

2013 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

2011 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

2010 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water
Well49 water in 2010

CSR Well 49 - Lampa

GPS Co-ords:  -20.16433  126.68122

Also known as Lumbu or Lumba (phonetic spelling)

A very reliable well. Also known as Crystal Well due to the excellent clear quality of the water.

2015-07 - Gaynor
**** Excellent water

2015-06 - Gaynor
**** Excellent water

2013 - Gaynor
**** Water very good

2011 - Gaynor
Water very good

2010 - Gaynor
Water very good

1976  -  Rex Shaw
Good water
Rockhole at the end of a side track from Well 50 passing Culvida Soak

Rockhole at the end of the side track from Well 50, passing Gulvida Soak

GPS Co-ords:

Depending on recent rains there are a number of rockhole options in this little gorge

2015-07 - Gaynor
** A little dodgy water left in one rock pool


2015-06 - Gaynor
** Some water in 2 rock pools. Image is of the pool with the most water

  Culvida Soak between Well 50 and the Rockhole 2015-06 - Gaynor
Never found water in the soak/sandy river bed
CSR Well 50

CSR Well 50 - Jikarn

GPS Co-ords: -20.20931 126.96444

Also known as Tjan (phonetic spelling)

2015-07 - Gaynor
Dry

2015-06 - Gaynor
Dry

2013 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

2011 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

2010 - Gaynor
Ruin. No visible water

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Caved in and dry
CSR Well 51

CSR Well 51 - Wirriyarra

GPS Co-ords:  -20.14778 127.14603

Also known as Weriaddo (phonetic spelling)

Windmill turns but is not connected and therefore does not draw water

2015 - Gaynor
There was clear water in the shaft next to the windmill. It was stale but once aired and treated, drinkable.

2013 - Gaynor

No visible water

2011 - Gaynor
No visible water

2010 - Gaynor
No visible water

1976 -  Rex Shaw
Slightly saline water
 

Chungla Bore

2015-07 - Gaynor
*** Upwelling of clear water from broken windmill bore. Plenty of finches

2015-06 - Gaynor
Clear water spring with plenty of finches

CSR Lake Stretch

CSR Stretch Lagoon and area between Well 51 and Billiluna

GPS Co-ords:  -19.67966  127.58841

Stretch Lagoon is known locally as Lake Stretch. Aboriginal name is Nyarna

Area between Billiluna and Well 51 subject to flooding. Lake Stretch, 15km from Billiluna has milky brown water most months. Animal activity. Prudent to treat the water

2015-07 - Gaynor
*** Plentiful milky brown water to drink. Treat first

2013-06 - Gaynor
Road and pans were dry in the first week of June, but flooded mid June.

2011-06-18 - Gaynor
Numerous pans filled with water. Some minor track flooding

2010 - Gaynor
Water milky brown

CSR Billiliuna Community

CSR Billiluna

GPS Co-ords:  -19.55512  127.66164

Aboriginal name is Mindibungu. Also known locally as Kurrurungku, meaning wallaby area

2015 - Gaynor
*****

2013 - Gaynor
***** Some of the best tasting water in the region

2011 - Gaynor
*****

2010 - Gaynor
*****

 

CSR Halls Creek

GPS Co-ords:  -18.22485  127.66647

2015- Gaynor
*****

2013- Gaynor
*****

2011 - Gaynor
*****

2010 - Gaynor
***** Municipal water good

     

* 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

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