Canning Stock Route: Great Central Road

Experience the wonders of remote Australia on the 4WD trip of a lifetime. The Canning Stock Route is the longest historic stock route in the world, running from Wiluna in the mid-west to Halls Creek in the Kimberley region of WA. Named after its creator, surveyor Alfred Canning and covering a total distance of around 1,850 km, this journey covers some of the most isolated and magnificent country in Australia.

In 2022 we are again offering a Canning Stock Route tour, we will start at Yulara, where we set off on the Great Central Road, stopping along the way at Lasseter’s Cave and Docker River to enjoy the ancient landscapes and star-filled skies.

We then travel across to Wiluna, the kick off point to the Canning. We will stop at each historic well, revelling in the history and solitude and camping along the way. We will have a rest day at the alluring Durba Springs, before heading north as the scenery changes from Australian scrub to iconic desert landscapes.

We visit Karlamilyi National Park — Western Australia’s largest and most remote National Park, where we can have a swim and a well deserved rest day. After there, we return to the track where we continue in the footsteps of Alfred Canning and the old drovers before venturing on to Billiluna, Wolfe Creek, and Halls Creek.

The Canning Stock Route is a popular and challenging 4WD trek which takes 24 days to complete. While a few brave adventurers have completed the track in standard vehicles, on bicycle, or even on foot, a 4WD is the only real way to travel. There are only two small settlements on the Canning track where you can obtain fuel and other supplies, so it’s important to be prepared and travel with an experienced guide.

So you want to undertake the most challenging 4wd adventure in Australia? Well welcome you are on the right website! This is Adams favourite tour, if you have read about the Canning, times everything by at least two, this is THE best track in Australia! Big statement we know but this track has it all, sand dunes, scrub remote isolation, and an amazing history.

We think we have put together the best itinerary for this tour we start from Yulara! This gives you time to get here have a holiday before the tour or why not do a tour before the tour, we have put together a very special Simpson Desert Central Australia tour which ties in with this tour, if this interests you check out the  link.

So day one of this tour we head towards Kata Tjuta, but wait there is a turn to the left, every visitor to Kata Tjuta sees this road and dreams of making the turn, well today its your turn! This is the Great Central Road. A road that we will be on all the way to Laverton in Western Australia. From here we head up to Wiluna and the start of the Canning Stock Route. Here is our last opportunity to stock up, From Wiluna to our next fuel stop is 1000km of remote travel. Getting to know how much fuel your vehicle will go through is imperative to the success of your trip, but hey this is why you are putting your trust in Tracks 4×4 Tagalong we will give you all the advice and help you require to set your vehicle up.

So we are ready, let’s begin this truly remote track, home for the next few weeks. The track was put in to bring cattle down from the North, in 2022 we will be heading in the wrong direction. You will on this trip marvel at how they firstly found water out here, but then had the energy to dig these wells, some as deep as 20m!

This tour has plenty of time to take it all in. We will have a few two night stops, visit nearby national parks, side trips from the Canning and generally explore as much as we are able, and then 24 days after leaving Yulara we arrive at Halls Creek in Western Australia. It will take you a while to acclimatise to what you see here. Normally you would think it is a small town, but not today after 24 days of remote travel Halls Creek will appear to be big with easy to access supplies!

Does this whet your appetite to join us? If this or any other tour that Tracks 4×4 Tagalong offer, interest you please give Adam a call on 0408780072


24 days
  • 2022
  • 4 - 27 June


  • Experienced trip leader with first aid skills and all communication equipment
  • Central Land Council Permits
  • Canning stock route permits
  • All camping fees


  • This is a self catered tour, so no meals are provided