Canning Stock Route

Submitted: Monday, May 09, 2016 at 15:26
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We are planning on travelling the CSR in late July. What is the distance from Kunawarritji to Wiluna and what amount of Diesel would you recommend to carry on this leg? We are having trouble getting the distance from the map.Do we need to check Kunawarritji for fuel or is it always available.
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 15:42

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 15:42
Have you checked out the Canning Stock Route Trek Note on this site.
Canning Stock Route trek note
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Reply By: B1B2 - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 17:11

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 17:11
1,000km Exoz does have a lot of good info.
To calculate the fuel it would be necessary to know what vehicle you are driving.
Kunawarritji hours for fuel including the shop are variable. They close 11.30 to 1.30 for lunch weekdays. Bililuna was ok for fuel as well and a lot cheaper.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ellis F - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 18:45

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 18:45
Thanks for that, yes it does have a lot of information
Cheers
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Reply By: tony_j - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 17:16

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 17:16
We rang Kunawarritji before leaving Kalgoorlie last year. The chap who answered the phone wanted to know why I bothered ringing! Said there is always plenty "about 30,000 litres at the moment" was his comment (diesel).

Wiluna to well 33 about 1100ks from memory. We went out to Cotton Creek to refuel and visit Rudall Nat Park.

You will probably use more fuel per kilometre from well 33 to Bililuna (spelling?). Track is more sandy overall up the north half.

Enjoy the trip, Take at least 3 weeks to really enjoy it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ellis F - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 18:41

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 18:41
Thanks for that information. I presume the 1100 does not include the distance to Cotton Tree and out again?
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Follow Up By: LAZYLUX16 - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 09:57

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 09:57
Hi tony_j wondering was Rudall River worth the visit and did you have any decent maps for it thank you
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Follow Up By: tony_j - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 16:35

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 16:35
Ellis F No, the 1100ks does NOT include the trip to Cotton Creek. The price of diesel at Cotton Creek was $3.20pl, the community at well 33 was $3.40.
We refuelled at Cotton Creek, went out to the Nat Park and refuelled again at Cotton Creek before going up to well 33. From Wiluna to Cotton Creek is about 870km. There to well 33 fuel was about 700 I think without checking.

Lazylux16 I reckon it is worth seeing. Its a remote place and because I'm not out that way often, why not do it while I'm there. 2nd time I have visited it. The track in is heavily corrugated, but then so is the whole length of the CSR. The track that leads to Newman from the CSR (and thus the turn off to Cotton Creek and Rudall) was as smooth as a babys backside. Due to mining influence. So, if you are out there, why not - it's a long way back.
I used the Hema maps (+ the Hema Rudall Nat Park map), Natmaps and a 1:50000 map. That was a bit to small a scale though.

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Follow Up By: LAZYLUX16 - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 17:59

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 17:59
Thanks tony_j.I forgot to mention coming via Gary Junction rd.Funny thing I never heard of it although done Tanami Track 8 times. A member on here suggested nicer trip to get to Broome etc.Its then I saw Rudall River NP and researched it a bit and found peoples photos of the GJR and Rudall ..I have 1100kms range on Hilux so have to figure where to fuel up so want a good map to work it all out. Have you done GJR ?cheers saw some photos of tain out that way it was teeming but hope by the time I get there be dried up on the roads and tracks ...
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Follow Up By: Member - Ellis F - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 21:43

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 21:43
Thanks for the clarification of the mileage,all good
Cheers Ellis
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Follow Up By: tony_j - Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 06:48

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 06:48
Lazylux16, Sorry, Can't comment on the GJR, haven't travelled it yet. On the ever growing bucket list!
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Reply By: cookie1 - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 17:43

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 17:43
Wiluna to Kunawarritja is 1134km including a side trip out to Granite Peak Station ( we thought we had lost fuel but it was just the fuel sender wiring) and used 255L in a brand new 200 GX Cruiser - the fuel economy is a lot better now that it is run in :). We bought a drum from Capricorn Roadhouse and went halves with another 4wd - take your own pump & leave about 5L in the bottom if you do, do this.

The management has changed from when we went through and apparently the people are a lot more friendly. There is a little store there to top up on anything and purchase Phone Cards to call home on the Telstra Phone.

cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Ellis F - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 18:38

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 18:38
Thanks for that information. I presume from your comments you went in and back the same track to Granite Peak Station so that mileage can be taken off the total of 1134. Also the little store you mentioned i presume is Kunawarritja?
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Follow Up By: cookie1 - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 08:05

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 08:05
Yes mate, went in and out on that track which, by the way, was a good track and topped up with fuel - the folks at Granite Peak were fantastic, they were short on DIesel themselves but let me have 60L which topped the tank to full as expected and confirmed we didn't have a hole in our tanks.

Yes the little store was at Kunawarritja

cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Ellis F - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 09:52

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 09:52
Great,thanks for that information which will help a lot
Cheers
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Reply By: Member - JOHN C16 - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 19:50

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 19:50
1,000 km according to this sign at the junction of the CSR and the Gary Junction Road.



Fuel is always available at Kunawarritji. I asked several years ago what happens if they run out. They said they order more from Alice Springs and in the meantime supply diesel from their separate generator storage tank.

Most travellers carry at least 200 litres of diesel from Kunawarritji to Wiluna. Usage depends on vehicle, load and conditions.
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