In July of this year, 4xOverland‘s Andrew St. Pierre White took an overland trip on Australia’s famous Canning Stock route. According to Hema Maps’ Great Desert Tracks guidebook, “No track compares with the Canning Stock Route in terms of sheer distance and the mechanical and physical endurance required – it is Australia’s toughest 4WD trek.” White added that it is one of the world’s longest and most remote public tracks as well as the longest cattle stock route ever surveyed. Wikipedia’s entry states,
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 . . . The stock route was proposed as a way of breaking a monopoly that west Kimberley cattlemen had on the beef trade at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1906, the Government of Western Australia appointed Alfred Canning to survey the route . . . Canning was appointed to lead a construction party and between March 1908 and April 1910, 48 wells were completed along the route.
White was accompanied by his friend Paul Marsh, a “highly experienced overland tour operator and classic rally mechanic.” The entire expedition took 22 days and covered a distance of over 1,700 kilometers (1,056 miles). They traveled in a heavily modified new Toyota Land Cruiser 78 series “Troopy” Troop Carrier GXL. Below is the video series of their trip.
Note: In December 2016, Andrew St. Pierre White originally purchased a 79 series dual cab Land Cruiser. Due to gross vehicle weight (GVW) considerations, he sold this vehicle for a Troopy in March, a few months later.