Canning Stock Route

How to get there

You can access the Canning Stock Route via the Tanami Road, taking the Bililuna turnoff approximately 42 kilometres south of the Wolfe Creek Crater turnoff.

Planning your drive

Grab a copy of the Shire of Halls Creek Tourism and Travel Guide, published by the Halls Creek Visitor Centre. It contains maps and comprehensive details on attractions along Duncan Road, the Great Northern Highway, Tanami Road and Canning Stock Route. Four wheel driving guides and maps are also available online, or in specialist bookshops. 

Road conditions

The Canning Stock Route traverses extremely harsh arid terrain and sand dunes. Do not attempt this track unless you have extensive outback driving experience and a very reliable vehicle that is specifically prepared for long distance desert travel.

Access permits

Travel permits are required for some parts of the route. For the sections between wells 5 to 15 and 40 to 51, you can obtain permits online via the Canning Stock Route Visitor Permit System. For permits to travel between wells 16 to 39, see the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council website. Depending on your intended route of travel additional permits may also be required.

Best time to drive

Travel on the Canning Stock Route should only be undertaken during the cooler months, between April and September, and in a well organised convoy.

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