There is no fuel, water or supplies available on the Puntawarri Track
so all of this must be carried. Fuel is only available at Jigalong
once you reach the Canning Stock Route
, the only fuel stops are Wiluna
at the start of the CSR and Kunawarritji
Community towards the other end.
Please note: Capricorn Roadhouse
are unable to deliver fuel out to Well 23 this year (2008) as their truck has blown up. There is talk in Kunawarritji
Community for plans to set up a temporary fuel depot as a stop gap measure this year due to the termination of fuel deliveries by Capricorn Roadhouse
. The temporary dump will not occur as far south as Well 23 and this distance is still to be determined if these plans go ahead. Although, they do not anticipate fuel shortages this season, there is talk on plans for development of a bigger fuel depot at Kunawarritji
Community. For more information on the latest developments, please call Graham at Kunawarritji
on: (08) 9176 9040
Remote Desert Country
Temperatures can rise to 50°C in summer and it has been known to rise to 60°C. Travel during summer is not recommended. This is remote desert country, so be fully self-sufficient. Keep in mind that this is not a well travelled route and there are absolutely no facilities for travellers, not even stations or aboriginal communities.
Your vehicle will need to be extensively prepared for remote area travel, with all fuel, water, food and vehicle repair equipment and spare parts. All travellers must be totally self-sufficient and should read the 4WDriving Topic for related articles and checklists for vehicle setup and driver awareness. High clearance vehicles recommended, and depending on the season, a spinifex blind is highly recommended.
This is spectacular country but very isolated. You may not see any other vehicles at all on the track. Be well prepared and make all the usual plans and preparations for remote travel. We advise that you refer to the latest information and advice about 4WDriving, 4WD Preparation and articles on Outback Communications, Navigation and Outback Survival
. For any dune driving you should fly a dune flag from the front of your vehicle to avoid head on collisions on dune tops. Additionally, the lead vehicle in any direction should periodically make calls on Channel 10 from the top of large dunes on the UHF radio
to advise oncoming traffic of your position.
A permit is required for entry to Jigalong Reserve and is available online from Department of Indigenous Affairs
. People need to contact Jigalong if they plan on visiting the Community via the Puntawarri track. The Puntawarri Track and Puntawarri are restricted areas even for holders of a Canning Stock Route permit. As Puntawarri & the Puntawarri Track are restricted, this means that access is not always granted however to request a permit you simply contact the Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation on (08) 9486 9797 or email them directly on email@example.com
Fuel Supplies & Usage
|4cyl 31 litres||4cyl 35 litres||4cyl 44 litres|
|6cyl 33 litres||6cyl 39 litres||6cyl 38 litres|
|8cyl 33 litres||8cyl 36 litres|
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.
Best Time To Visit
Do not attempt to travel during the summer months.
Closest Climatic Station
Distance from Trek Mid Point 184.23km W
Best time to travel Ok time to travel Travel NOT recommended
|Mean Max. °C||39.4||36.9||34.7||31.7||27.2||23.1||23.0||26.0||30.3||34.8||37.3||38.9|
|Mean Min. °C||24.9||23.9||21.4||17.3||11.6||6.8||6.1||7.7||11.9||17.4||20.8||23.8|
|Mean Rain mm||62.7||76.3||40.1||19.4||17.1||15.2||14.9||7.5||4.4||5.6||12.3||38.0|
Services & Supplies
Limited supplies at Jigalong
and Kunawarritju Community (Well 33). Caravan Park
and good supplies (fresh food) at Wiluna