This is the Ultimate Australian Desert Experience. If you want to explore somewhere truly remote, The Canning is the place.
Traverse the four deserts of central Western Australia plus the iconic Gunbarrel Highway on this legendary overland tour. 4 weeks travelling the desert gives you time to take in your surroundings and appreciate the ever-changing environment without destroying your vehicle.
You will be on the actual Canning Stock Route for 17 days on this tour, plus another 5 days on the Gunbarrel Highway. Camp among the sand dunes, near the historic wells and under the desert oaks and bloodwood trees. See the unique desert wildlife and plants. You will learn that there's much more to the desert than sand.
Starting in Alice Springs, we make our way West for two days on the Tanami Track. Travelling South on the Canning from Billiluna to Wiluna, we count down the Wells from number 51 all the way to number 1 (including the "extra wells" - track conditions permitting). Travelling the Canning from North to South means we avoid having the sun in our eyes every time we go over each of the 1000+ sand dunes.
Once off the Canning we head East along another legendary track, the Gunbarrel Highway, for 5 days before joining the Great Central Road and our final run to our destination of Yulara, passing Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Uluru (Ayers Rock). We will show you the best spot to see the sunrise on Uluru the next morning. Yulara is a 450 km drive from Alice Springs on a good sealed road.
This tour is not easy. The desert tracks are rough and hard on people and vehicles. Your vehicle must be well set up and be able to carry enough fuel for 1000 kms. However, the benefits of completing this incredible tour are almost beyond words. Almost. Read tour guide Tony's articles about the first time he travelled the Canning here -
Part 1 & Part 2
Duration: 27 Days
Start/End: Alice Springs to Yulara (Uluru)
Cost: $4500 per couple Extra passengers $495
Find out what's included below.
For more information or to book your place on this tour, contact Tony directly using the button below, the email form near the bottom of the page or phone him on the number in the menu above.
Full-time, professional tour guide/4WD instructor with a Cert IV qualification in 4WD training and current first aid cert; reliable 200 Series Landcruiser tour vehicle with all safety, recovery, communications and emergency equipment (Garmin inReach - tracker, emergency beacon and satellite texting); camping fees (eg. caravan parks and National Parks); Motel accommodation on the first and last nights; 2 dinners (welcome and farewell); Aboriginal Land Permits; National Park entry fees; tyre changing and mechanical assistance; spare 2-way radios; night spotlighting sessions for animals; bird/animal ID books and apps; photography sessions and tips.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
4WD Vehicle, fuel, food, camping gear, insurance.
WHAT ARE THE 4X4 VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS?
This tour is NOT suitable for off-road camper trailers. A high clearance 4X4 vehicle with low range (with some exceptions) and upgraded suspension and a fuel range of 1000 km is required for this tour. All terrain LT tyres (light truck construction) with over 60% tread remaining (ie. about 7mm min). You don't need a winch or lockers for this trip, but you will need a good quality sand flag. The guide vehicle is carrying all recovery gear. Some basic recovery gear is advised to be carried however - spade, snatch strap, shackles and Max Trax. A mechanical checklist is to be completed and returned by a qualified mechanic 2 weeks prior to the start of the tour. A medical form is to be completed and returned 2 weeks prior to departure.
WHERE CAN I GET SUPPLIES AND FUEL?
Fuel is available along our route, however, you will need to have a fuel range of 1000 km for the longest stretch with no fuel stops. All care will be taken to check in advance whether fuel is available where we are going. We fill up in Billiluna, Kunawarritji, Parngurr, Wiluna and Warrakurna along the way. Some food is also available in these locations but variety is limited and fresh food is not available.
WHEN CAN I SEE THE FULL ITINERARY?
A full itinerary is sent to you on booking. See above for the general plan. Please note that the itinerary is subject to change and is used as a guide only on this tour. Depending on track conditions, vehicle issues etc, the daily destinations can change. We have several alternative campsites recorded from previous trips in case of a hold up. We have also factored in some spare days that can be used if necessary for contingencies.
How rough is the track?
The simple answer is "quite rough". It's long too and very remote. Tony describes the Canning as 2000 km of roughness. But it's still the most awesome place he's seen in Australia.
Tony is a full-time tour guide and Cert IV qualified trainer and assessor in four wheel driving. He has led remote tours all over Australia and in New Zealand including the South Island High Country, the Kimberleys, Flinders Ranges, Central Aust, Canning Stock Route, Victorian High Country, Arnhem Land and Cape York. Tony is a keen fisherman and photographer and loves chasing wildlife with the camera. He has a Degree in Tourism and a Masters Degree in Wildlife Management.
"What I will remember is the red of the dunes, the dingoes and camels, camping amongst the dunes, the prolific wildflowers, animal footprints in the sand, the swarms of birds, the amazing sunsets and sunrises, the brilliant stars, the shining spinifex seed heads, the lakes, the water, the quietness of the night and how absolutely remote it makes you feel." - Tony Davys
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