Hitching the Canning Stock Route

So it is that time of the month ... when a girl goes hitching down the Canning.

Vehicles have been coming through Billiluna on average 3 or 4 times a week lately so it is a good time to go. So far they have all be full up (doh you say!), but never mind :-) my lifts are on their way!

Temperatures have dropped and nights are very cold. I know I am not going to enjoy that. The days are very pleasant.

Billiluna has website now www.billiluna.org.au Still lots of content to go in, but the Youth Worker is loading lots of images of youth life here.

If anyone has photos or info on the history of Billiluna, you are welcome to drop me a line on flygirl@flygirl.co.za and we will give credit where credit is due. I will be uploading again late July when I am out off the Canning.
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Reply By: oldfart1953 - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2010 at 18:24

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2010 at 18:24
Hi Gaynor,
Have an enjoyable, safe trip.

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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2010 at 18:30

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2010 at 18:30
Ah, so you are the old fart from Balgo I met :-)

Thanks for the wishes.

I have a SPOT link on www.flygirl.co.za so you can see how far I get if there are any bets on :-)
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Reply By: Pete Mac - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2010 at 20:57

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2010 at 20:57
Hi Gaynor,

Just been checking out the Billiluna website - you have done a fantastic job there!

Might see you in the desert some time in July :)


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Follow Up By: suzannerobin - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2010 at 21:59

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2010 at 21:59
See you on the Canning late July. How cold are the nights???
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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 10:08

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 10:08
Thanks Pete!

Early July and we may indeed meet up :-)

Hi Suzanne

Well, I am living in a guest house at present (yes we have three plus a donga in Billiluna for travellers and service providers :-) and I have closed half the windows. I love the outdoors and normally leave everything open so this is an indication I am going to freeze my butt off in my tent. The cold wind at night and in the mornings is the big chill factor.

When walking outside at night I now wear a thin fleece and a down sleeveless body warmer. Last night we had 100% cloud cover - still do - so last night was pleasant and my duna was too warm for me this morning. Clear nights are the cold ones.

So not Arctic temperatures, but I am a girl who follows the sun and the warmth and does everything she can to stay away from the cold and rain. Hence me being in the desert :-)

Unfortunately I will probably miss you late July as I have to fly out of Australia mid July for a few days - visa requirements - I am South African and have to leave Australia every 3 months.

Have fun and try not to rush the Canning too much if you can. Most of the people I speak to do it in 13 days and feel they were travelling hard and would have liked to have had a bit of chill out time.


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Reply By: MLB1959 - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2010 at 22:17

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2010 at 22:17
Hey Gaynor

Marc from the shop in Mulan here. Don't know if we have met, I'm the one with the bald head and beard, the ugliest check out chick in the Kimberleys. Tony is not that old, and without blokes like him the communties would have little or no power.

What kind of history do you want about Billiluna, my wifes father is an Elder who knows more than most about the place, and I am sure I could some relevant facts for you.

You have safe travels and if I have not met you, drop in to Mulan sometime.

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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 10:25

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 10:25
Hi Marc

I was in Mulan in May whiclt on a quick recce of Lake Gregory and Well 51. I got a lift with the Billiluna CEO's son, Partick.

A kind gentleman did give us fuel in Mulan midday which we were grateful for as it was out of business hours. Our fuel gauge was reading empty despite having filled up in Billiluna and that made us nervous we may have a leak. We were in a white Ute with a very big windsurfer board on the back. Just the kind of thing you expect to see in the desert :-) We had hope to go exploring on the lake.

Tony looks after us here in Billiluna too. We know how important he is to us :-)

REGARDING HISTORY - can't believe my luck!

You are just the man I want to speak to. I have been reading to the children from a book called The Children of Tiger Wirrir. It has the stories of Rex Johns, Veronica Lulu and Bessie Doonday. I emailed the Kimberley Language Resource Centre in Halls Creek for permission to reproduce their stories on the Billiluna website as so much of the Mulan stories interlink with the families of Billuna. The children get so excited and go into great detail about inter-relationships when they hear familiar names. But so far no reply from them. The stories are the property of the story tellers anyway, so if you could ask permission from the relevant families I would be very grateful.
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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 10:29

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 10:29
I will use spell check next time - all those typo's!!!! I was just so exited :-)

Please give my best wishes to Andrea - the Mulan Youth Worker!

And thanks for the reply!
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Reply By: bobsabobsa - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 08:46

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 08:46
Hi Gaynor,
What a very welcoming site,good on you
I might see you there one day.
I love to see the art work.
have a good trip.
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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 10:48

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 10:48
Thanks Bob

I will work on the Art Section today.

We have two fantastic works of art for sale here in Billiluna at present. Will post images and info.

If you look in the School Heritage Collection there are two excellent representations of The Massacre at Sturt Creek. They belong to the school.


I have Catholic Religious paintings too, done by the artists of Billiluna. Not being religious I need to go and ask the Principal what the story is that goes with them. Will post those images today as well under the same category.

This is my first time in a Community and it has been interesting. I would like to return, maybe end July for 2 months or do volunteer work in another Community.There is plenty of volunteer work available in return for food and accommodation and this suits me well. It is a great way to learn about another culture, people and myself.
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Reply By: Gaynor - Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 00:47

Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 00:47
Update on the hitching.

17 June I get my first lift - with a 1978 Peugeot 505, two wheel drive, of course :-) Why on earth would I choose a 'normal' lift!!

I am travelling with the Sutcliffe family who appear to travel a little differently to most. I will be Andy's passenger whilst his parents Bob and Mary are driving a 1982 ex Australian Toyota Landcruiser. There will be a third vehicle I have yet to see.

I have been warned that there may be a fair bit of digging and laying of tracks, but Andy assures me that as an Overland truck driver in Africa, he was passed many times by the humble Peugeot on some of the worst roads and we have an excellent chance of making it to Wiluna. That's good to hear Andy :-)

Don't you just love having front row seats to this kind of stuff?

Will drop the Forum one last email when I get to Wiluna.


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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 00:48

Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 00:48
ex Australian ARMY Toyota Landcruiser
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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 01:02

Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 01:02
And I am South African - not another crazy German tourist as all the people coming out of the Canning thought I was :-)

A lot of people who read this forum or were spoken to by locals at Wiluna and Kunawarritji were asked to look out for me and give me a drink of water if they saw me, so thank you very much to all those people for your thoughtfulness. Do appreciate it.

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Follow Up By: HGMonaro - Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 09:50

Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 09:50
maybe that should have been 'I am a crazy South African' ;)

good luck, looking forward to further updates.
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