Rudall River National Park to Kunawaritji Via Canning Stock Route

Submitted: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 20:20
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Hi all getting ready to travell up to the Kimberley in June, followed by travelling down to Port Hedland, Marble Bar, Rudall River NP, then home via Canning Stock Route up to Kunawarit for fuel before turning south onto the Gary Hwy, Old Gunbarrel Hwy and onto Warburton ,once there its an easy drive on the Great Central Rd to the Stuart before heading south to Sydney

The question is can I tow a 4WD camper trailer along the canning between well 22 and well 32 (Kunawaritji) or will I find the sand hills to large in that area ? (2016 Hilux with a Kimberley Kamper in tow, at max GVM)

My second plan would be to take the Talawana Track from Rudell River NP to Windy Corner on the Gary Highway and turn south heading to Warburton.?

Any help on the tracks ect in the area would be a great help.

I will be in a group of 6 vehicles, 2 towing trailers

Thanks
Dennis

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Reply By: Mick O - Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 00:06

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 00:06
You'll be fine on either option Dennis. Corrugations on the canning will be horrendous particularly as you get closer to Kurnawarritji. Sandhills shouldn't be too much of an issues for you on that stretch.

The Talawana/Gary option is a great run. The only sandy stuff is within 10 km of the Canning/Talawana turnoff and it's hardly a challenge. I love this run. It's one of my favourite tracks. Don't forget to drop into Midway well. The run south along the Gary is straight forward with changing landscapes and quite a few things to see. The drive into Mulgan Rockhole and Nipper Pinnacle is well worth the detour.Lake Cohen is another great stop particularly if there is water present. Camping at Charlies Knob is also good.

Another alternative is to turn right from the Talawana and head south down the Eagle Hwy to the Gunbarrel. It's a bit rough crossing the Connolly Basin but a great drive through the Woolnough Hills, The Warri site, and Gibson Nature reserve.

Food for thought.

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Follow Up By: bardenboy - Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 20:25

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 20:25
Thanks Mick,
There are so many great tracks out there and not enough time to see then all.
Do you have any experience on the Skull Springs Road, just thinking about taking the long way round from Mable Bar to Running Water ,and Carawine Gorge before heading to Rudell River NP.

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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 20:38

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 20:38
Hi Dennis, did that track last year and will be doing it again this year in the reverse direction. The track going north from Running Waters through the Upper Carawine Gorge (great camp spot) to the Two Sisters is really nice drive.
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 21:46

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 21:46
I think Chris has covered it Dennis. It's been 6 years since I was on the Skull Springs Road although it was a good quality dirt road that was well maintained at that point.

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