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Beanie Bunch doing well on Canning Stock Route adventure with 265km to critical Kunawarritji re-fuel stop

July 27, 2009
Beanie Bunch doing well on Canning Stock Route adventure with 265km to critical Kunawarritji re-fuel stop

By the Beanie Bunch Sunday, July 26, 8pm

GoSee talked to the Beanie Bunchby satellite phone last night. They are doing well and were at Well 24, Karara Soaks, latitude 23.06.953S long.123.20.586E which is about 150km north of the Tropic of Capricorn.

They are all well and have about 265km to go until they can refuel at Kunawarritji Community.

Today Monday July 27 a southeast wind in the area was averaging 20knots with gust to 26knots. The temperature was about 16.9C but with the wind chill factor it will feel much colder.

The Beanie Bunch believe they will make it to the Kunawarritji Community with about 100km of spare fuel. The aboriginal community offers fuel for ULP and diesel vehicles. Run by white management the community is tourism orientated.

It has been heavy going for the Beanie Bunch on the Canning adventure and windy with gales up to 40 knots. The wind has filled everything with sand including the tents.

The temperature was 27 degrees on Saturday, July 25 and 15 degrees on Sunday, July 26.

Although it is tough going the Beanie Bunch sound happy. As we spoke to our GoSee adventurer Alan, laughter could be heard in the background.

The Shire of Wiluna website says the direct route along the Wiluna to Halls Creek Canning Stock Route is 1820 kilometres. There are many pleasant camping site not necessarily at the wells. Some of the more notable ones which include Well 24 are:

Well 3, Windich Springs, Well 6, Well 7, Well 12, Durba Springs, Desert Oaks near Lake Disappointment between Wells 20 21, Well 24, Well 26, Well 28, Well 30 ,Desert Oaks Bungabinni Well, Well 37, Well 41, Well 46, Breaden Hills Well 49.

All vehicles, whether private or in commerical tours, are required to hold permits. Tourist operators can obtain a permit valid for one year, while each vehicle in the tour will be required to obtain an individual permit for the duration of the trip.

Star crossed lovers roamed a desert home
Star crossed lovers roamed a desert home

The Canning Stock Route should not be attempted without extensive outback travel experience and a reliable and capable vehicle that has been specifically prepared for remote, long distance, desert travel.

Strictly no trailers or wide-track vehicles can be taken on the section of track between Wells 2 - 5. In this case the alternative route via Glen-Ayle or Granite Peak stations MUST be taken.

During the travelling season on the stock route (April to September inclusive), day time temperatures are pleasantly mild, but zero and sub zero temperatures are experienced most nights.

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