Canning Tag-alongs

Submitted: Friday, Mar 05, 2004 at 05:57
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Hi all,

I am thinking about doing the Canning Stock Route with my brother in a June/July 2004 timeframe.

Obviously we don't want to do this on our own, so I'd be interested in hearing about any tag-along operators that has a tour in June and/or July.

BTW what's the general feeling about tag-alongs? Are they worth the hassle of not being able to go at one's own pace? Then, I guess going with an ad-hoc group would also require some give-and-take.

cheers,
Torben Bang Nielsen

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Reply By: Well 55 - Friday, Mar 05, 2004 at 07:54

Friday, Mar 05, 2004 at 07:54
The two tag-a-long groups I saw on the Canning were travelling way to fast, and speaking to a couple of drivers thery were saying the same thing.

I was with one other vehicle and spent 17 days going down the CSR and in some respects could have been longer.

Do a bit of research and don't think you have to be with a large group. Also some camp sites are to small for more than a couple of vehicles if you like a bit of room.
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Reply By: David from AUSSIE TRACKS - Coffs Harbour - Friday, Mar 05, 2004 at 08:49

Friday, Mar 05, 2004 at 08:49
Hi Toban,
We do not do the Canning in its full length, but come out at Well46. The trip we do is called "In the Footsteps of the Hon. David Carnegie" and travels roughly pararrel to the CSR between it and the WA border. This is quite a remote trip and see few people. We only take a maximum of 6 vehicles including our own and its at a very leisurely pace, no rush. This adventure leaves Alice Springs on 21 June and returns 21 days later. We still have a vacancy if interested.

Cheers,
David
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Friday, Mar 05, 2004 at 12:52

Friday, Mar 05, 2004 at 12:52
Hello David, I hear from Mal T that we will see you aagain, about 25 July. Mal has been trying to get me along on your trip - would very much like to do this - but of course, our busy time.
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Reply By: Member Colin - NSW Bungendore - Friday, Mar 05, 2004 at 13:40

Friday, Mar 05, 2004 at 13:40
Ronele & Eric Gard run Tagalong tours - they are considered by some as the CSR 'guardians' and would give a informed guide of the CSR not just a 'drive'. They have published a book on the CSR and I'm sure they would be worth contacting.

We are going to the Calverts again this June for 2 weeks Via Glenayle station (fuel) - look out for a 'stand' of Foresters!
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Reply By: Member - Gary - Friday, Mar 05, 2004 at 21:18

Friday, Mar 05, 2004 at 21:18
Torben -= Try Tony and Brenda from Outback Tagalong Tours.
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Went on a transcontinent trip with them in 2001. Had a fantastic time

Gary
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Reply By: Rick from Remote Area Tours - Saturday, Mar 06, 2004 at 21:02

Saturday, Mar 06, 2004 at 21:02
Hi Torben,

Remote Area Tours has a CSR tour scheduled for June 2004. I would have to agree that most tour operators and quite a few independent travellers, I have seen travel too fast to truely experience what the CSR and the desert has to offer.

Our tour is of 18 days duration from Wiluna to Halls Creek, is relaxed, with ample time to enjoy the experience.

Additional details are available from our website, and we offer a discount for ExplorOz members.

Cheers,
Rick
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Reply By: Chris (W.A.) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 01:45

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 01:45
Torben,
I looked into it a few years ago but the prices were outrageous. Maybe they've come down with competition now.
I personally can't figure why you have to fork out all that money just to "tag along".

The only advantage is that they can snatch you out of a boggy situation. For what you pay you get nothing...you still have to be self sufficient in regards to food, water, recovery gear etc.

If it was much cheaper (reasonable) I would consider it.
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Follow Up By: Torben - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 12:24

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 12:24
Thanks to all the people that replied.

At the end of the day, I'm probably leaning towards not doing the tag-along thing.

The flexibility of not having to start at a certain date and following a set schedule is probably going to work better for us.

Furthermore the ~3K AUD could be applied towards a Satellite phone or HF, which would improve safety for the whole trip.

/Torben
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Reply By: Patsy - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 08:10

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 08:10
We will be doing the CSR in June. We are meeting Tassie friends (one of them is also a Neilson) in Kalgoorlie around the 5th of June. Will head off to Willuna and then at a leisurely pace all the way to Halls Creek.
As with most other travellers, we would help anyone out in need (give them a snatch or whatever). If you are doing the trip around then, keep your eye out for a white 2002 GU Patrol flat tray EO5393 with Trayon Seeker and a mulberry Landcruiser flat tray EV5580 also with a Trayon Seeker.
Cheers
Patsy
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