Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Australia / New Zealand

Australia / New Zealand Topics specific to Australia and New Zealand only.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 25 Feb 2013
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Perth
Posts: 258


I'm intersested in travelling from Perth to Darwin or Broome using the Canning Stock Route and then maybe up to Cape York via the Telegraph route.

It this point I dont know much about it, can anyone point me in the right direction for prep, routes and how to go about actually doing it...

I believe its now do-able as there are fuel stations on the 'CSR' but do you still need to go with a 4x4.

At present its just me and fairly flexible as to when I do it.

Any help apreciated.


Reply With Quote
Old 25 Feb 2013
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Australia
Posts: 425
If you type "Canning Stock Route" into google you get

on the third entry you get
Canning Stock Route @ ExplorOz Treks

exploroz is fairly good... it does cover most OZ tracks of interest. There are a number of others you can look at too on that google search ...

oh you want motorcycle then
google ""Canning Stock Route motorcycle"
surprisingly that gets you a number of HU links

eg http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...ightmare-30729

As for the CRS 'doable' ... well it has been done ... a number of decades ago ... by motorcycle....

but the exploroz will give you some basics, the HU will give you more. So read that and you have the basics? Or am I missing something from your post?
Reply With Quote
Old 24 Apr 2013
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: NSW Australia - but never there
Posts: 144
Not a lot of fuel possibilities along the Canning for motorbikes and you will need an endurance of 1000km in sandy conditions.

Problem for bikes is that long sections of the route are lined with very tough tall shrubs and trees that overhang the two wheel ruts and it will tear you to shreds. So usual thing is to cross back and forth between the two tracks or spend long distances riding on the sandy bit between.

Bikes do do it - we followed a couple up but I don't know whether they had arranged fuel dumps. One German Biker we talked to at the Laager at Willuna had a dirt bike that was essentially a fuel tank on two wheels and he was about to head north.

Corrugations from one end to the other.
And hundreds of dunes

Rocky sections too

https://picasaweb.google.com/1146117...kRouteJuly2012 will give you a bit of an idea of road conditions.

NB Southern winter is the only time to consider and you would need to be out the Cape country before the wet season
Travel Photos
Reply With Quote
Old 27 Apr 2013
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Bribie Island Australia
Posts: 579
Whilst it is doable, I knew of a few guys on BMW R60s who did the CSR in the late 70s or early 80s, its not a solo trip and will require someone to drop fuel for you at one or two of the wells. I'm pretty sure ExploreOz has some details about who to contact. I think they will only drop 205 litre drums - so its a good idea to have a few mates along to divide the costs - which will be expensive. Dont forget a hose to siphon the fuel.

I think a BMW K75 from Sydney did it two up in the 90s, so can be done with standard roadbikes with some offroad tyres fitted.

I'd say three riders is the safe minimum as a dislocated shoulder could be fatal if no one comes along for a couple of weeks/months and you are travelling alone. With so many dunes to cross taking a tumble is a fact of life, it just depends on the speed you are going when you hit the dirt. If you can get hold of the people who drop the fuel you'll be able to find out when others are travelling to reduce your isolation risks.

There are plenty of posts on here about Cape York, just try the search function.
Reply With Quote
Old 27 Apr 2013
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Australia
Posts: 425
Some discussion ovrer on advrider Cannining Stock Route-May 2013 - ADVrider
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 01:36.