CSR Point's of interest

Hello to all .
Well we are at the point of "almost no return".
After reading numerous threads and questions raised here on the glory and perils of the CSR, I would like to ask a question if I may.
We are a group of 7 people and 4 vehicles, and hope to leave Wiluna on 13/7 to take on this trek.
After all the planning and organising for this, and a huge amounts of info gained from this site,( with thanks to those who contribute their experiences on forum and blogs.) For which we are all very grateful thank you.
My question is "What is your favourite well / campsite /stopover and your most memorable part of this trek be ?


Thank you

Paul


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Reply By: Crackles - Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 at 23:38

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 at 23:38
Calvert Ranges......
Cheers Craig.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 03:36

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 03:36
Paul,

After completing 6 trips from Wiluna to Billiluna and will be doing trip 7 this June it is hard to pick just one place.

From the local swimming hole at North Pool to,
Well 3, first of the wells that has been restored
Windich Springs where the local wildlife come to have a drink
The stand of grass trees between Well 5 and 6
Lake Aerodrome with it's vast expanse of salt as well as Lake Disappointment further up the track
Well 10 and the start of the sand dunes
Calvert Range,when it was possible to visit the area
Derba Springs, a amphitheatre of red cliffs enclosing a park like camp ground
Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn
camping under the Desert Oaks after the Savory Creek crossing
Georgia Bore and the fuel dump at Well 23
The corrugations between Well 32 and Well 35
Tobin Lake
Well 46 and the Brown Snakes that can be found in the well
Breaden Valley
Well 51
For me it is not just the 3 weeks on the track but the characters that I take with me and the ones that you meet on the way.

Enjoy your trip because you will find it memorable

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 04:13

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 04:13
Wayne,

I've only done it once and I'd have to agree with your summary.
Didn't get into the Calvert Ranges last year. :(
We stayed two nights both at Durba Springs, Breaden Valley and Wolfe Creek which isn't really on the CSR.
Amongst other places we also stayed at Gravity Lakes which had water in it at the time and Stretch Lagoon just south of Billilluna which were nice.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 07:47

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 07:47
Hi Paul

l concur with Wayne, it varies so much and there's so many things to see.

Also like Wayne I done it many times. On one trip it can be dry and the trees are really struggling and stressed, the next time its been a wet season and every dune valley is full of tees and shrubs in bloom, a veritable 1000 km plus long garden.

Of the sites one is permitted to visit nowadays the Breaden, Diebel and Durba hills stand out. The wind through the desert oaks is a sound I never tire of and remains of each well's superstructure reminds me of the toil of the well builders and the drovers bringing the bullocks down.

Don't forget to take Gards Travellers guide to the CSR with you its in my opinion indispensable.

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Follow Up By: Member - Joe F (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 09:55

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 09:55
G'day Everyone

Paul ~ I, like the other people who have responded to your forum post have and do travell the CSR, we not only see the countryside but also feel it, sometimes very deeply.

It is a difficult thing to explain, but the CSR for what it once represented to the people of its time ~ cattlemen, pastrolists, adventurers and now days tourists, I have deliberately not included the Aboriginal people(s) who claim ownership of what we today know as the Canning Stock Route, simply because they had no concept of it, as we know it.

Theirs is a connection to "home" ~ not a vehicle track through it.

Research your planned journey to the finest degree, plan for the unexpected that you hope will not eventuate, but above all feel the country ~ once you allow that emotion into your heart, you will also know where the best places are.

Safe travells :
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 16:57

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 16:57
Superbly put Joe

"... once you allow that emotion into your heart, you will also know where the best places are."

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Reply By: Member - Derek Jones - Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 09:17

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 09:17
Wayne's put up a pretty good list.

I would also add the icecream/beer celebration at the end of the CSR.

I found pre-reading Gards Book and The Beckoning West BEFORE the trip added a lot of value to the trip. Helped me to understand how remarkable the formation of the CSR really was - this point was reinforced when driving along the CSR. Something that is be too easy to forget in our modern, air-conditioned 4WDs.

The reminders of how harsh the environment is - seeing the burnt out wrecks of vehicles, trailer carcasses, old motor-bike frames, push bikes and so on where others, even in relatively recent times, have tried and failed.

The grave sites also highlighted how harsh the CSR and life in general really were at the turn of the century.

And leaving the best for last - the goldfish in well 33.

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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 11:28

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 11:28
It wasn't really THE highlight, but don't forget to climb up to Canning's Cairn. Sensational views back to Durba Hills to be had.

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Reply By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 16:22

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 16:22
Ditto to all the responses so far, however may I add that with a group of 7 people you will create your own memorable journey and find your own favourite places due to the trip dynamics. Some of the best camps are the unplanned ones - when something like a rainbow, a special night-sky, or spotting of a unique animal makes you realise you didn't make it to pointA for a reason, and how lucky you were that you didn't miss where you ended up instead! You will each respond in different ways to the experience, and much of a journey like this is how you all relate to one another, how you deal with the circumstances that may arise - you may find yourself challenged physically, mentally or emotionally and you may find yourself longing to get out of the desert, or longing to stay. You may find yourself challenged in ways you've never been before. Each trip is an incredible journey of discovery - of the natural world, of our interpersonal bonding, of our skills and weaknesses, and of course the mechanical and technical challenges of ensuring that the vehicle gets us to the places we plan to visit. So, don't fuss if you miss one of someone else's favourite spots - you'll have your own special memories no matter what happens. We'll be the grateful ones, to hear your stories after your trip if you share with us in you blogs! Take care and good luck.
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Reply By: Flighty ( WA ) - Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 19:51

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 19:51
Just a thank-you to all for your time and input.
I now have from you a lot more thing's of interest to look for on our trip.
The photo from Derek makes me wonder "How did they get there to start with?"
and wonder if these fish are still there, so no doubt will be looking out for them on arrival.
Thank-you all once again
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 20:06

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 20:06
Paul,

The fish are all gone, I don't know how they got there or where they went. The area around Well 33 has a much improved camping area with rubbish bins provided

Wayne
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Reply By: Gaynor - Monday, Apr 25, 2011 at 18:22

Monday, Apr 25, 2011 at 18:22
I loved the deserts and wells north of Kunawarritji. Felt like 'home'. Hitched the CSR in 2010 from Billiluna to Wiluna. Hope to hitch the northern section again this year - Kunawarritji to Billiluna.
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