Canning Stock Route

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Hi all, I am about to travel the Canning again,( Willuna to Halls Creek,) it has been 16 years. I am getting nervous about fuel consumption, I have a 100 series cruiser 4.7 liter petrol, with an Out of Town long ranger tank. Total capacity is about 270 liters. My calculations say I have no problem getting to well 23 fuel drop then the community at the northern end at Tanami road. Has anyone done the trip with the same cruiser V8 petrol. Your consumption figures would be apreciated.
Thanks Rob.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Monday, Jun 27, 2016 at 12:42

Monday, Jun 27, 2016 at 12:42
Hi Rob, if you can get a little further, the norm these days is to get fuel from the Kunawaritji community (Well 33). It has been reliable for at least 10 years now and no need to call ahead or book. The fuel drop has had many problems and is not the norm anymore but is still an option if you must.
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Follow Up By: Rob C17 - Monday, Jun 27, 2016 at 16:00

Monday, Jun 27, 2016 at 16:00
Thanks Michelle, I will have to check kilometers from Willuna to Kunawaritji.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Monday, Jun 27, 2016 at 15:54

Monday, Jun 27, 2016 at 15:54
If you can make Kunawaratji from Willuna then you will be fine Kunawaratjii to Billiluna.

Just remember that they have certain hours only at Billiluna. Ring them to get the hours then you can't be wrong. Excellent camping at Stretch Lagoon if you won't make it to Billiluna while the shop is open. May as well ring Kunawaratjii to get their hours unless a recent traveller comes up with both. We drove down the CSR in July - August, 2013.

Kunawaratjii staff are a little more felxible and have excellent service and HOT showers.

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Follow Up By: Rob C17 - Monday, Jun 27, 2016 at 15:58

Monday, Jun 27, 2016 at 15:58
Thanks Phil, it's always good to find out information from recent travelers .
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Monday, Jun 27, 2016 at 16:31

Monday, Jun 27, 2016 at 16:31
I took a bit of a turn during the last few K's into Kunawaratjii and the bloke at the garage got us the okay to drive on the Telfor Mine road and the mine also said that they would fly me to Perth if needed. I rang my doctor on our sat phone (good choice). Luckily while we were talking to him my pacemaker settled down. He said just go to Port Headland and he would make arrangements for me to see someone.

Like I said great -- help. Typical country folk - can't do enough for you. I was a little worried for a while but all turned out okay. We also called the mine on the CB on the way past and thanked them.

No wonder why we travel in these so hospitable place yet they desert is so often so deadly!!!!! It's the people, serenity, honesty and peace that's for the sharing. You won't get that in Bali etc.

They will look after you mate. Say Hi for us. A 100 series, one grand daughter daughter and a "T" van in tow. They may remember us. I was quite worried and a little eager to get back to populated areas. It helps to have an ex nurse with me though. We sent a thnk you letter by snail mail. I didn't get a response so I hope that they got it okay.

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Reply By: Life Member - Terry 80FTE - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 at 22:28

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 at 22:28
Hi Rob,
just did it with a mate , his vehicle is a Lexus 470 auto, so same as yours really if yours is auto as well.
we did 1100ks kunawaritji (The community is a lot better than when I was last there 9 years ago, they are doing a great job) to Wilunya, dropping into all wells.
he used about 200 ltrs of petrol and 100ltrs of gas.
I used 177ltrs of diesel.
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Follow Up By: Rob C17 - Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 at 07:02

Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 at 07:02
Thanks Terry, that makes me feel better knowing it can be done, I don't have gas but with 270 liters of unleaded it shouldn't be a problem. It will be interesting what has changed after 16 years and what impact travelers have had over that time.
Cheers Rob.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 at 12:47

Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 at 12:47
Hi Terry , good to see your back ok.

Hi Rob

I did it in a 4.8lt petrol patrol which is just as thirsty.

We set out with 244lt of fuel and averaged 18.3lt /100km which is not much more than our long term touring average of 16.5

We got 69lt at the fuel dump just for the experience of doing it.
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Follow Up By: Rob C17 - Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 at 13:13

Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 at 13:13
Thanks Robin, can you get less than 200 liters now? When we did it in 2000 you could only get the 44 gallon drums. Most vehicles could not fit that much in, and certainly not by well 23.
Cheers Rob.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 at 13:59

Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 at 13:59
Hi Rob

No, I shared with a petrol 80 series who was happy to have the rest.

Interestingly the fuel dump fuel was cheaper than well 23 and easier despite the light rain and freezing temperature at the time.
At well 23 they didn't have proper setup for petrol and we ended up hand pumping from a 44 anyway.


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Follow Up By: Rob C17 - Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 at 17:31

Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 at 17:31
Thanks Robin, it's probably the same hand pump supplied by Capricorn Roadhouse we used in 2000.
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