CSR and Drinking water

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 18:56
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Hi all,

I'm travelling the CSR in June and need to know what wells have water suitable for drinking. I have read several books, maps etc but would like more recent knowledge from anyone with first hand experience on the CSR.
Thanks
Tony
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Reply By: kimprado - Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 19:23

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 19:23
Hi Troy,
Contact Ken Maidment from Treks Across Australia. Ken is a committee member of the Canning Stock Route Re-enactment (CSRR) and has done up a number of wells along the route.
We have done an exhaustive water survey for cattle. However, this won't translate into human consumption.
All the best on your trip
Kim
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 19:54

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 19:54
Most wells which have water in them should OK unless a snake or a goanna has fallen down in to the water. We did the trek a long time ago and drank from most wells but times change and it is best to get the up to date info.

We found that it was difficult to draw water just with a bucket alone as it would not tilt over 15mteres down. So tied a shifting spanner to one side of the handle and that did the trick
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Reply By: MichaelR - Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 20:52

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 20:52
Travelled down the Canning a couple of years ago. Family of 5. Carried 110 litres and had no problems Used the 'Melbourne water' for drinking the entire length of the Canning and replenished other containers for occassional refills from wells. The best water was from the windmill near Kunawaritji which was eminently drinkable. Georgia Bore also good.
It's a great trip. Would do it again tomorrow. Have a great time
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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 22:10

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 22:10
May see you on the track Tony.

Leaving to be there end of may early june. Can't wait.

Apparently theres a really good book by R. Gard & ?. Gard but I don't know where I can get it. Library doesnt have it and bookshop says they can't get it. Does anyone else know?

Dave

PS Obviously Cape York got cancelled. Missus didn't want to take 19 month old - so I'm leaving her home with kids and doing the Canning with mates. Thanks to those who answered my Cape York questions, the info will be held over for a year or so's time. DJ
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 22:17

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 22:17
Hi DJ. My copy came from the tourist peoples bookshop in Tasmania. Most libraries wouldnt have a copy, and I havent seen one elsewhere.
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Follow Up By: bob - Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 12:01

Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 12:01
I just purchased the book 'Canning Stock Route' A travellers guide 3rd Edition by Ronele and Eric Gard, online through www.westprint.com.au
Cost $55 dollars plus $5 postage and handling. Nearly 550 pages and excellent reading
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 12:03

Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 12:03
Last time I looked at Westprint thay didn't have it. Yes its dated but in the absence of anything better its a great companion on the CSR.
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Follow Up By: bob - Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 12:25

Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 12:25
I received my copy only 2 days ago, so I am very confident they stock it. The latest edition (3rd) was printed in april 2004 and has a 150 pages of new info compared to the 2nd edition released in 1999. I ve only started reading it, excellent for those who are interested in the history, fauna, flora of the csr.
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 17:35

Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 17:35
Hi Bob,

Where did you get it from please?

Dave
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 17:36

Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 17:36
Bob,

Disregard previous bone headed question. I see the answer is above.

Dave
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Reply By: Member - sparra - Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 22:29

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 22:29
ARB stores have the guide book on the canning by eric and ronelle gard,not sure if it has been updated at all. cheers sparra
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Follow Up By: Well 55 - Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 07:34

Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 07:34
Their book is getting a bit dated and to be used as a guide not a bible.

If you start with 6O lts of drinking water, washing and camp water can be picked up from wells on the way, you need a soild bucket and 15m rope to get to the water in some wells. There is good water in a couple of wells that is drinkable.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 07:58

Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 07:58
Tony,

I will also be traveling the CSR, leaving Ayers Rock on June 1.

Might see you on the way.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: KJN - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 20:18

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 20:18
We are also doing the Canning in early June - will be in Alice Springs for a few days 1-4June , going on the Tanami to Balgo to visit a friend teacher there for a few days and then onto the CSR . We may be able to catch up with somebody in Alice or we we start on the CSR approx the 9th June .
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Reply By: rash - Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 13:02

Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 13:02
Hi Tony
Travelled CSR last year from S. to N. Good drinking water at wells 6,9,12,15
Plenty of water at Durba for washing
Geogia bore ........good drinking
North of well 23 we did in 1998
Good drinking water at wells 26,33, 37(we only used for showers) 41,49
I left home with 50litres which we found more than adequate

Hope this is of some assistance.....you will have a ball

Regards
Rash
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Reply By: Tony J - Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 15:23

Friday, Apr 01, 2005 at 15:23
Hi All,

Thanks for the replies. The tip to tie a heavy spanner to the side of a bucket is a good idea. I have 6 weeks holidays so will spend at least 3 weeks travelling the CSR (want to see as musch as I can). Have been planning for 3 years now. Hard to believe it nearly here!

Anyway, good travels to all and thanks again for the info.
Tony
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