Day 7: Robinson Gorge to Staircase Range

Today we farewell Trish and Bryan as they head home. We all left just after breakfast parting company at the turnoff into the Park with Trish and Bryan heading south and us north along Glenhaughton Road. The Hema map had a choice of several unsealed roads we could take. The road wasn’t well maintained and it needed 4WD for most of it and we travelled pretty slowly. It took us about 5 hours to get to the Dawson Highway during which time we didn’t see another vehicle or human. That said though, it was on the whole a really lovely drive.

Definitely a road less travelled.

Definitely a road less travelled.

Thanks little man. Got it!

Thanks little man. Got it!

Once on the highway we still had 140K to go to Springsure and another 2 hours to get to Ka Ka Mundi – too far after all that concentration needed for the first part of the trip. We looked for a camp and found a free camp just outside Springsure at Staircase Range Cutting. It’s just off the road, but well out of sight and has a fire place and a concrete picnic table. The historic cutting it ajoins was carved through the rock in 1905 by Chinese labourers using hand tools. Hard work!

Staircase Range historical cutting.

Staircase Range historical cutting.

Despite being quite close to the road we weren’t disturbed during the night as there is very little traffic after dark.

To see the photos for this section of the trip click HERE.
Distance travelled: 302K

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