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4WD AUSTRALIA is now issuing permits for travel through Martu country between wells 16 to 39 on behalf of the Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation (WDLAC).
Separate permits must be obtained for other sections of the route.
Our Permit Service – Covering Wells 16-39
The Canning Stock Route is an iconic 4WD trail of national importance. Four Wheel Drive Australia has previously issued a permit for travellers to traverse the Canning Stock Route 4wd track between wells 5 to 40. However due to changes in the management arrangements amongst the various Native Title owners, Four Wheel Drive Australia can now only issue permits to cover wells 16 – 39 on behalf of the MARTU people’s Western Desert Aboriginal Lands Corporation (WDLAC)
The permit fee for this is $100 for individual travellers and the fee for a commercial operator’s vehicle is $250. Revenue from these fees funds covers the administration of the permit system and protection of environmental, cultural and heritage values of the Canning Stock Route by Traditional Owners.
New permits are now required for travel between wells 5-15 and 40-51
To obtain these permits see: http://permits.canningstockroute.net.au/
Why is a Permit needed?
The Canning Stock Route is a public access easement which varies in width along the length of the route. Moving off the track for camping should be limited to less than two kilometres. The Native title holders are concerned about the protection of their native title rights and interests and their adjoining lands may not be accessed without a first obtaining a permit. Within the easement, springs and other sites including many wells are also subject to native title rights and require the correct permit to visit.
The original and successful permit scheme offered by Four Wheel Drive Australia was developed in conjunction with the MARTU people to provide permit holders access to sites within the native title areas as listed in the information booklet attached to and part of the permit. The permit covers the permit holder, their passenger(s) and their nominated vehicle. The permit is non – transferable and allows entry to visit approved sites as listed in the permit. Access from the south and north or through adjacent properties is not provided by this permit and compliance with existing arrangements for passage through these roads and properties is the responsibility of the traveller.
Permit holders will be granted access by the traditional owners of the land to operate the nominated vehicle to the specified sites upon and adjacent to the stock route easement. Four Wheel Drive Australia issues this permit on behalf of the native title holders for a period of one month from the date nominated by the applicant in the case of private individuals and twelve months for commercial tour operators at the fees set from time to time.
This permit allows access to visit the sites in the following list only if they are located between wells 16 to 39:
§ Durba Springs
§ Diebel Springs
§ Onegunyah Rockhole
§ Western Section of Lake Disappointment
§ Helen Hill
§ Slate Range
§ Ural Native Title Well
There will be no permits for access to the Calvert Ranges until further notice.
Additional specific permits are required for the following sites only if they are located between wells 16 to 39:
§ Mt. Shoesmith
§ Wandurba Rockhole
§ Billigilli Well
§ Callawa Track
§ Savoury Creek Track
§ Killagurra Spring
§ Biella Spring
§ Lake George
§ Lake Winifred
§ The Track to McFadden Ranges
§ Paraku Indigenous Protected Area
For further information in applying for a specific permit email email@example.com
The complete permit document package must be carried at all times within the vehicle. The permit holder must provide the permit for inspection if requested to do so by a representative of the traditional owners or a law enforcement officer.
Access from the south and north or through adjacent properties is not provided by this permit and compliance with existing arrangements for passage through these roads and properties is the responsibility of the traveller.
Permit holders will be granted access by the traditional owners of the land to operate the nominated vehicle to the specified sites upon and adjacent to the stock route easement.
The issue of this permit on behalf of the Martu people by Four Wheel Drive Australia will be for a period of one month from the date nominated by the applicant in the case of private individuals and twelve months for commercial tour operators at the fees set from time to time.
The outback lands of Australia are unforgiving and isolated. Travellers have to cope with very harsh, arid conditions which quickly take their toll on vehicles and people. Do not travel through the area unless you have made plans to cope with vehicle breakdowns or personal emergencies. You and your party must be self reliant.
Four Wheel Drive Australia (FWDA) endeavours to make sure that permit information provided on this website is correct at the time of its publication. However, you should obtain independent advice before making any decision based on the information on this site.
The information on this site is made available on the understanding that FWDA, its officers and members, accept no responsibility for any damage, cost, loss or expenses incurred by you during your trip as a result of:
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Travelling to or departing from the Canning Stock Route.
If you obtain a permit to visit the sites along and off the Canning Stock Route between wells 5 to 40 and intend accessing or leaving by side roads through adjacent properties, you must arrange permission and pay any fees required to do so. Four Wheel Drive Australia will not be liable for such fees and permissions. If there is any material on our website that you consider to be misleading or inaccurate, please let us know and we will correct it as soon as possible.
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Places along the way
WILUNA - Handy Contacts in Case of Emergencies:
Kunawarritji Aboriginal Community - Location near Well 33 - Restricted access to the community. Signs clearly state these areas. Travellers need to make contact and advise E.T.A. before entering the community.
Parngurr Aboriginal Community - The Community welcomes visitors. Parnngurr is situated in close proximity to the entrance of both the Canning Stock Route and Rudall River National Park (Karlamilyi).
Jigalong Aboriginal Community - CONDITIONS FOR ENTRY - Jigalong is a closed Aboriginal Community and it is mandatory for visitors or contractors to gain written Council approval 2-4 weeks before entry.
This pre-purchase information (in the next step) may be downloaded and printed for further consideration before you purchase the Permit.
To proceed click button to apply for the Permit.
Page last updated: 09 Apr 2013