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These were our trips for 2016 as we advertised them. Please click on links below each to view a post trip summary.


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Grass TreesTour convoy at Haasts BluffMick enlarging Beadell blaze


** Please note -: Final itineraries for all trips are dependent on permit approvals **


"Canning Stock Route" 2016


    The Canning Stock Route is without doubt the pinnacle of remote outback travel in Australia; vast distances, various unique desert environments, extraordinary isolation and an almost direct link to our past from an exploration, pastoral and aboriginal point of view.

    Leading Surveyor A.W. Canning & second in command H.S. Trotman in 1906 began a Government survey for a stock route to bring cattle from the north of W.A. through the desert country to the goldfields. It was known the desert conditions would eliminate the tick problem that was restricting cattle movement between the north and south of the state. Canning and Trotman, with a crew of good men, completed the survey from Wiluna to Lake Gregory, they then returned back to Wiluna in 1907 along the line of waters they had found that would in the next few years become the Canning Stock Route. Early in 1908 the Construction Expedition with more men, tonnes of gear, equipment and scores of camels to carry it all set out on what became a two year job to build and equip fifty one watering points across three deserts enabling travel through some of the harshest country on earth, quite simply one of Australia’s more remarkable achievements.

    In the years before the stock route quite a few other notable fellows travelled the area as well, the Gregory brothers in 1856, Carnegie 1896, Warburton 1873, Hann 1897 & 1902, Giles 1876 and the Forrest brothers in 1874. These men left maps & journals of their travels and from them the maps we use today have in part been derived. Beadell Tours always feature a very high level of early explorer content. This trip will be no exception.

    None of the above would have been possible without the help of local Aboriginals. Almost all of the stock route wells are situated on or near aboriginal wells, soaks or rockholes. Throughout this trip there are constant reminders of a long term Aboriginal presence. A great deal of time will be spent on this subject so a basic understanding of how people lived can be understood.

    Beadell Tours are devoting 28 days towards travelling the Canning Stock Route, no rushing about from major centres, just Halls Creek to Wiluna. If you want to travel the Canning safely and have the time to look around and enjoy as much as possible this trip might be for you.

Well 16
Well 16 in 2011




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"South West Explorer" 2016


Please note -: This tour will have patches of rough scratchy overgrown tracks – if you are concerned about your vehicles' paintwork this trip may not be for you.

    The south west corner of the Great Victoria Desert is one of the least travelled & least known of all the desert regions. Most traffic uses the famous Beadell Tracks to the north & east. This tour will investigate that almost forgotten south west GVD by using the network of roads & tracks from the sandalwood harvesting days and various routes pushed in for mining exploration.

    Explorers from the previous centuries left valuable journals and maps of this area and we intend visiting sites these men relied upon in days gone by. Ernest Giles in 1875, David Lindsay in 1891, David Carnegie in 1894 and Frank Hann during the early 1900s are the best known. Aboriginals of course knew the country intimately but they left no written records for us to understand how they saw the country that sustained them for countless generations. We will see plenty of evidence of aboriginal occupation and we will explain how they survived in a country where we can’t.

    This tour will have a variety of road conditions from good maintained roads, faint wheel tracks through the scrub and finally a small amount of rough going while we get into historical sites. We will be keeping the rough stuff to a minimum so vehicle preparation does not have to be any more than normal for a remote off-road tour.

    If you have always wanted to try a desert trip that is a little different then this may be the one. Join us for some adventure & history rolled into one slow-paced enlightening ramble.

Land Rover near hill




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EremophilaRocky countryConvoy in sandhills


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"Two Soaks C96" 2016


    This year’s expedition will explore a portion of the route used by David Carnegie & his men during 1896. Over the last 40 years there has been a small dedicated band of people that have searched through many of the western deserts looking for the sites used by not only Carnegie & his men but the other explorers from the age of classic exploration; Warburton, Forrest, Giles, Hann & many others not so well known. Many of these sites have been located both by the enthusiasts already mentioned & lately the western desert Aboriginals who in recent years have been able to get back out into their traditional country with programs run from the Native Title arrangements.

    Our expedition this year will travel part of the 1896 route seeing the country as those famous men saw it in the late 1890s. Of course we won’t be on camels but bumping along in 4WDs. Even so cross country travel still remains pretty much the same. An average distance per day is still about 20 miles as the rate of travel across virgin deserts is quite slow. The advantage is that we get to see & look at the country far more than normal travel clipping along one of the deserts roads at a fair pace.

    If you yearn to see parts of Australia that cannot be seen by even the most adventurous 4WDers then this trip may be something to think about. Detailed maps of our intended route and other details will become available as the off-track navigation for the trip takes shape.

    If you have any questions drop us a line.


Sandhill swale

    Information will be supplied about off-track travel and
    what is required to participate in a month long expedition.
    These trips are unique and well worth the effort.



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"Nullarbor Explorer" 2016


    Very little is done to promote the extensive Nullarbor region as a 4WD destination. Most folk hardly give it a thought at all. The Nullarbor is just that long boring distance between South & Western Australia. To change that opinion the solution is pretty simple, get off the bitumen......This tour travels from Esperance W.A. right across to Coorabie S.A. and you guessed it, there will be very little bitumen.

    The Nullarbor has a very long human history. Aboriginal occupation dates back tens of thousands of years, seafarers have been sailing past for 300 years, explorers began poking around from the 1840s, pastoral interests began in the 1860s, the Overland Telegraph Line sent its first message in 1877 and the Transcontinental Railway was completed in 1917. All of this history is still available to be seen and experienced, if you know where to look.

    The first travellers on the Nullarbor were the aboriginals, following lines of rockholes and freshwater wells dug in the sand of the coastline. They moved about the region according to the seasons. Much later on these travel routes were used by the early explorers, pastoralists and eventually the roads continued the use of these ancient human pathways. It is a unique feeling these days to travel the same line as thousands of generations before you have done.

    A great range of features and sites will be seen along the way revealing a vast intricate environment completely different to the deserts just to the north. Limestone caves both small and massive, blowholes, rockholes, relics of the early days and dozens of varieties of trees, shrubs and plants are just some of the sites the Nullarbor has to offer.

    This will be a surprising trip at a relaxed pace with a day off midway through the trip.

Cave in NullarborHandprints in a Nullarbor cave
Caves in the Nullarbor




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