The Canning Stock Route #2
Spinifex grass begins its attack on my ankles as we set off on Alfred Canning's Stock Route itself, from old Halls Creek. We are driving the route from North to South, the opposite direction that the route was first surveyed. We camp our night on Stretch Lagoon, where the extraordinary bird life entertained us for much of the morning. The Canning Stock Route welcomed us with corrugations and the first of many dunes that we will encounter. We conclude with a magnificent camping spot near the Breaden Hills.
The Canning Stock Route is a track that runs from Halls Creek in the Kimberley region of Western Australia to Wiluna in the mid-west region. With a total distance of around 1,850 km (1,150 mi) it is the longest historic stock route in the world. Once used as a route for cattle droves following a series of wells, it is now mainly used by adventure seekers looking for a challenge and solitude in the Australian outback. The last cattle drove the route in the 1930's.