Day 5 Getaway Canning Stock Route 4×4, Australia, 2017

Day 5 Getaway Canning Stock Route 4×4, Australia, 2017

Welcome everyone. Day 5 on the Getaway
Canning Stock Route. We’re travelling in Western Australia. North from Bililuna.
South to Wiluna. That’s the way the original stock route drives went… north
to south. They will bringing those cattle down to market. Wow! Today we’re going to be challenged… more sand dunes, the corrugations are certainly
starting to ramp up a bit. We’re going to see more graves. We’re gonna hear about
more murders. This place is amazing So… let’s go! Here we are, Wajaparni, Well 38. Quite impressive…gorge So they used explosives here? Yes they did. This was blown up, dug out, or both. Not quite sure… to create a holding capacity of 30,000
gallons. Meanwhile, we had a bit of an explore around the place and we found
some etchings along the rock face. Ben Taylor. 1969 it looks to me. Is it? According to Mr. Canning Stock Route, that’s Phil Bianchi, Ben Taylor was a
horse tailer, whatever that is. He accompanied Lanagan down here in 1939 and went on to become quite a well known Kimberley identity. Says Burke. I’m not sure what the first letters are Aha! Phil says Tom Burke, he was a camel man on the 1905 /1906 survey team. When I was in the Kimberley, one of the Aboriginal tour guides, also an elder, showed me very
similar etchings in the rock face and said that was a spear sharpening station. Not sure what it is but I’m open and receptive if anyone knows please put it
in the comments. Let us know. They’re checking out a few scats here. We’re getting very scientific. You can see how high the water comes from all the debris up against the tree trunk. Here we are at Lipuru, Well 37. Jeremy is just go pro-ing there, getting a close up. Is there water in it Jeremy? Yeah, there’s water in it. There were a couple of murders around this area. There was Shoesmith, Thomson and a native boy that were murdered and they found their bodies nearby. And there was also another murder about 56klms out. A guy called Jock McLernon. He got beaten to death by some natives and a couple of other people in his group got kicked around a bit as well. That was in 1922. We’re gonna look at the graves Shoesmith and Thompson are buried on
the left together. Chinaman, the Aboriginal drover, he is buried on the right on his own. I do hope he is in his own country here because Aboriginal people believe that you need to be in your own country, your body needs to be
buried there, or your spirits will never rest. Considering that we’re travelling
through desert country we were amazed at the amount of water out there. I asked Graham, one of my Getaway travel mates and also a geologist,what he made of it. I’m just surprised….the water’s not too far down in this sand country and… makes you wonder how much there is generally through the country. Mmm, more than we would have thought Graham. Obviously the trees that we see in the interdune corridors have got to be getting their water from somewhere. They’re tapping down Here we are at Well 36, Kilkil. Yeah this well was done up in 1970 by Mark de Graaf and its got water, user friendly water. Just make sure you put the cover back over it after you’ve used it to make sure you keep the wildlife out. About 950 gallons per hour you can get out of this. Good little spot. Erika is studying to be an hydraulics engineer. Lots of birds around again Denise. Yep. As usual. A bit of excitement here. Lesley stepped in and she fell straight through! So Well 36 is due for repairs, Lesley. Bobby decided that we should make sure that there’s a stick or some sort of escape route for animals that fall in these these wells. That’s so they don’t drown and pollute the water. Well of course we tried to do something but that worked out to be a bit of a disaster. And then it fell in when we
tried to shift it. Not having much joy. The mystery of the 2 well names at each well continues. I’ve asked the traditional owners and they’re not sure either They can’t give me any definitive answer. All they can come up with is that there were kind of overlaps in the country so that one group would come in at one time and use the area and they had a name for it Another group would come at another time and they had a different name for it so it may have been that. We’re not sure. Mr. Phil Bianchi advises that there was an interesting naming process followed by Canning and I’m going to do a video on that later. We’re just curious about this Wanda sign. I think I’ve seen it in other places and I’m wondering what it means You WANDER what it means? Yes. What’s this? Another social gathering on
the Canning Stock Route, the loneliest 4WD track in the world! Where are you from? Melbourne. Obviously you came across and came up from Wiluna. Yeah. How’s it going? Really well. No problems? None at all. Ah! That’s just what we like to hear! Erika’s going to give us a bit of a rundown on this one So have a look there. Where’s the stick for them to climb out? This soak wasn’t much good. Canning actually surveyed it during his expedition but he actually found that it wasn’t very good because it only produced 120 gallons per hour which really wasn’t sufficient to feed the cattle. So when he actually routed all the wells this one was left out because it was just inadequate. But more than sufficient for the indigenous people.Absolutely. who would not have been in large groups. The corrugations took their toll on the old 80s series so Graham had to make a few roadside repairs A little bit of strengthening was required on the inner skin near the dual battery set up. Kinju which is Well 35. There’s the pan. What’s the story about this one Erika? Well basically it was a well that had a storage capacity of 1350 gallons but they could actually retrieve 1500 gallons an hour so obviously very good refilling. Now in 1929, this was the last well that Snell came along on his reconditioning expedition. It’s the last well he reconditioned before he went back to Meekatharra for supplies and he never ever reconditioned any more wells. It was Canning that actually took over and reconditioned the rest of them And it was burnt out in 1969. and there was a group from Adelaide that came through in about 1985 and..well they did as much as they could but obviously… Well it may have been repaired Erika but you know these things need constant upkeep, don’t they? They certainly do and I mean, animals and camels and everything else coming through. It doesn’t take long for it to get into a state of disrepair And full marks to them for giving it a go. Absolutley. This country takes its toll on the vehicles and the people so every hour we’d stop, let the shockies cool down, do a spinifex check. Jeremy always pulled out a lump of spinifex, bless him. You needed to walk around your vehicle just do a visual check. The other thing was adjusting your tyres. Over the first few days we did spend a bit of time adjusting tyres until we got it right. Once we got it right…we sailed over those sand dunes! It was so easy. Whoo! We traveled over some shocking corrugations that really taxed us and our vehicles but we remained stoic. In fact Lesley, loved it!. No, it’s all good Rona. No, we creamed it. We’re here at well 34 which, Nyipily and we’re hoping this makes a good campsite tonight. Yes basically you’ve got a well capacity of about 1750 but only a retrieval rate of 900 gallons. Now Snell came along here and reconditioned the well in 1929. but Canning came along in 1930 and I think implied that Snell did a pretty crap job because he had to go through it and clean it all out again. But there’s a bit of a murder mystery here as well. Another murder! This stock route was a war zone! There was a skull found in here about 1930 – 31 and they were a bit concerned ..they thought it might have been a white fella so the investigation was done. Taxidermist and everything. Down in Perth. But they found out that it was actually a 16 year old half caste Aboriginal girl that has somehow got killed so the investigation ceased as soon as they found out that it was an Aboriginal… Hmm, we can only wonder what happened to that poor girl. They’re up the hill, up there around the corner but I decided on a bit of privacy with my favorite girl. That’s the end of day 5 on the Getaway Canning Stock Route Thank you for joining me. I hope you’ll join me for the next 11 days. Whoo! If you like this video please click on the thumbs up sign below share it with your friends If you’ve got any comments or queries put them in the comments box below and if you’d like to keep up to date with the channel click on the subscribe button. Costs you nothing. Ok, that’s it for now. I’ll catch you next time. Bye bye


  1. I'm from Sydney stumbled across your videos in my CSR research Just wanna say thanks I enjoy them particularly your prep info and warnings keep up the good work. Cheers

  2. Another great video Rona, good to see its not just another scenery of CSR video – keep up the good work. Gee Erica does a good job doesn't she? Doesn't adding history and such info to the trip make it more interesting?

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