Welcome to the Canning Stock Route (CSR) visitor permit system. This system is for people wishing to travel the sections of the CSR between Wells 5-51 for tourism and/or sightseeing purposes only.

For access to the CSR for these sections for any other purpose (e.g. research, mining, exploration, prospecting) or for access to any other areas on surrounding lands (apart from approved access roads) please contact the relevant native title organisations.

Please note that general public access is not readily granted and that government approvals may be required for activities other than tourism. The system has been designed to minimise the administration cost of permits so that a maximum percentage of your permit fee can be committed to looking after the important environmental and cultural values of the land through which the CSR runs. This is achieved through enabling automatic approval of applications that meet criteria for typical sightseeing trips along the CSR.

All travellers on the CSR enter and travel the CSR at their own risk. You should ensure that you are adequately prepared.


10 May 2022

Kuju Wangka has not issued permits since March 2020.

This has been done to minimise health risks to communities on and adjacent to the Canning Stock Route (CSR) since the outbreak of Covid-19 in early 2020.

Traditional Owners of the CSR lands met again in May 2022 to assess the status of Kuju Wangka, provide information to people wanting to travel on the CSR, and to consider a timetable for issuing travel permits.

Kuju Wangka is continuing to monitor the health advice from WA Health agencies for communities on the CSR and along key access roads.

After our meeting, all Traditional Owner members of Kuju Wangka have agreed to maintain the current CSR closure.

Kuju Wangka understands and regrets that this will affect many people and delay plans and business bookings.

Reducing the health risks to people in remote communities will always be our priority.

The closure will be reassessed again in the next two months - Further updates will be made available at

The CSR will reopen as soon as communities and TOs are confident it is safe to welcome travellers back.

Traditional owners and their affiliated rangers confirmed at our meeting that on-country work and monitoring is continuing along the length of the CSR.

Making an application

The system will guide you through your application with the use of help text and will prompt you for any mandatory information before moving to the next page. The system will take you through 3 stages

  • Application
  • Confirmation and approval
  • Payment

If you make a mistake or want to change any information in your application, you can do so anytime up until you make payment for the permit. Once you have confirmed the details in your application it is stored in the system and you can retrieve and edit your permit at any time prior to payment.

The help text in the Trip plan section provides a guide to the 'rules' for a typical sightseeing trip. If your trip plan is outside of these 'rules' then your application will need to be manually assessed. This may cause a delay in issuing your permit as your application may need to be referred to the relevant native title organisations for their approval.

There is a text box on the 'confirm' page that allows you to enter information in support of your application that will be considered by CSR staff and/or native title organisations in the event that it requires manual assessment.

Issue of permit

A permit will only be issued once it has been paid for. It is valid for the vehicle, number of persons, period and any conditions indicated on the permit. The standard permit fees for the sections covered by this system are:

  • for a non-commercial (private) light vehicle (e.g. Toyota Landcruiser, Nissan Patrol, Landrover Defender, motorbike) is $175.00. These are the recommended modes of transport for the Stock Route*.
  • for a non-commercial heavy (private) vehicle (e.g. Oka, Mitsubishi Canter 4WD) is $350.00. These are not recommended for the Stock Route due to concerns for safety, the environment and track conditions*. Please note that these vehicles may not be allowed on some pastoral properties through which you access the Stock Route. You will need to check with the pastoral manager if you wish to access these properties (see contact details). Feedback from other travellers will be monitored for future decisions on these types of vehicles.
  • for a commercial permit (light or heavy vehicle) is $440.00. A commercial operator is someone who receives payment to take customers along the Stock Route. In the event of a tag-along-tour, the commercial permit covers the lead vehicle only. All other vehicles in the tour require a (non-commercial) permit. See above regarding heavy vehicle*.
  • an additional fee of $90.00 for trailers. Trailers are not recommended for the Stock Route due to concerns for the environment and for track conditions as well as for their potential for break down*. Please note that trailers may not be allowed on some pastoral properties through which you access the Stock Route, or they may be additional charges for access through these properties. You will need to check with the pastoral manager if you wish to access these properties (see contact details).
  • a fee of $25 applies to cyclists and trekkers. Bicycle travel and trekking on the CSR without the use of a support vehicle is not recommended due to harsh and difficult terrain. Permits for cyclists and trekkers do not meet the criteria for automatic permit issue and will be referred for manual assessment. A separate permit is required for each support vehicle (see above).

* see the Canning Stock Route Information Pack (issued with your permit) for further detail.

On the payment page, you will also be given the option of purchasing a high quality hardcopy of the CSR Information Booklet that can be posted to you anywhere in Australia. The booklet includes important information about the CSR including; preparing for your journey, natural and cultural heritage of the CSR and advice for looking after the CSR. The cost of the booklet is $22.00 (including GST, postage and handling). You can also download a free digital version of the booklet once you have paid for your permit.

Manual application and payments

If desired, you can contact CSR staff to take your application details and process the application and payment over the phone for an additional administration charge of $22.00 (including GST). The contact number is 08 9425 2099 (use +61 8 9425 2099 for international dialling).

For making automated payments, this system uses the PayPal service. You do not require a PayPal account to use this service, just an accepted credit or debit card. If you would prefer an offline payment, you can choose to pay for your permit over the phone using a credit card or through direct funds transfer. Offline payment attracts an administration charge of $11.00 (including GST).

Details for these options are included on the Payment page, including information on additional handling charges. Your permit will serve as a tax receipt, as well as being a permit to travel the CSR. Please make sure that the information that you enter in your application is correct before you proceed to payment as details can only be changed by contacting the system administrator once you have paid for your permit.


Permit fees will only be refunded if you advise us that the trip has had to be cancelled prior to entry to the CSR due to circumstances beyond your control. Applications for refunds can be made through by quoting your 6-character permit code.

A small service charge ($11 including GST) will apply to processing of all refunds.


CSR staff would welcome any feedback on the permit system. We will be undertaking periodic reviews of the system and any feedback received will be considered at this time.

Please direct your feedback to

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