Canning Stock Route (CSR) Preps

My wife and I are currently preparing to travel down the CSR next year and we have been advised that we should carry approx 260 litres of diesel, in addition to a fuel refill at around Kunawarritji Community (Well 33).

My question is... if you have travelled the CSR in one of the 'Japanese' utes (Hilux, Ranger, D-Max etc), how much diesel did you carry, was it enough/too much and how did you carry it?

The reason I am asking is that we currently have a LC200 but due to the length of the trip, we would prefer to have a trayback camper on a ute rather than tenting it in the 200 (our age and knees would definitely prefer a camper).

Thanks in anticipation of your responses.

Peter F.
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Reply By: Member - John - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 10:05

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 10:05
Peter, "Travel down" I presume this means North/South? Halls Creek to Bililuna is about 215kms, Bililuna to Well 33 is 650kms approx., Well 33 to Wiluna is about 1100kms. I would refuel at Well 33, then see if any fuel has been left behind at Well 23, or even head into Cotton Creek to top up.

Well 33 being the preferred option for me after arriving at Well 23 and finding fuel had been stolen............ and also use Cotton Creek.

Lots of options........ good luck and enjoy the trip.
John and Jan

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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 13:03

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 13:03
I have a current shape Mazda BT50; I've travelled twice down the CSR in that dual cab, fully loaded but no trailer, from N to S. I carry 4 x 20 L jerries.

Although the price of fuel is high at Kunawarritji, the convenience factor of fuelling up there is greater; besides, it's a good place to stop and have a shower, do a load of washing, etc, etc. I use a total of approx 140 litres from Billiluna to K'tji. In other words, the standard 80 L tank + 3 x 20 L jerries.

From K'tji to Wiluna via Granite Peak, I use about the same; arriving in Wiluna with a 20 L jerry left.

Although this 20 L is not a great margin, I am travelling with other 4WD's and we have enough fuel to cover possibilities.

Hope that helps

PS keep the tyre pressures low - I regularly start at 19 psi and go down from there as needs dictate. You'll see what over inflated tyres do on the southern aspects of the dunes + all those bloody corrugates!

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - fawkesp - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 21:50

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 21:50
Thanks Rick, very helpful.
Because with a camper on the ute tray space will be limited, I was planning to replace the standard fuel tank, I believe I can get a 150 litre replacement tank fitted.
This should mean that I will only need to carry 2 jerry cans.

Thanks,

Peter.
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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 15:01

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 15:01
All CSR travellers and interested parties may be well served by looking at the Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/canningstockroute/


Many of the posters have detailed first hand experiences and mostly speaking, the comments are 'Gold'.
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Follow Up By: Member - fawkesp - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 21:50

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 21:50
Thanks Rick, I'll have a read.

Peter.
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Reply By: Fab72 - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 19:48

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 19:48
G'day Peter,
I'm planning to do the same trip next year too....but in a (VERY) SWB Pajero 1.8 petrol. None of this is of any use to you but it will notify me of any follow up posts that I'll be reading with interest.

One question though.... what months are you planning your trip for?

Fab.
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Follow Up By: Member - fawkesp - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 21:46

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 21:46
Fab,
No date set yet, as we will be travelling with others, but I would imagine we will be leaving from Halls Creek around the middle of July.

Peter.
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 17:15

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 17:15
G'day Peter....roughly the same time as me but I'll be heading from south to north.

Might just see you out there. :)

Fab.
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Reply By: Member - Neil L1 - Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 22:04

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 22:04
I did North to South in 2013 in a Prado diesel towing a camper. Averaged about 21 l/100km. In addition to the 180 litre fuel tank I carried 60 litres of fuel and filled up at Kunawaratji. I only needed one jerry but put two into the tank as an insurance measure in order to get to Wiluna.
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