Camels carry cou­ple on their trav­els

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Noel Thomp­son

WHEN walk­ing around Queens­land for 22 months with a bit of bor­der hop­ping into New SouthWales and South Aus­tralia, you re­ally need five camels to go with you.

To be more ac­cu­rate you need drom­e­daries – camels with two humps.

Ber­nadette and Robert Sut­ton’s camel car­a­van rested in Eidsvold on Wed­nes­day at the show­ground un­der the shade of a big gum tree.

“We are just about home,” Mrs Sut­ton said.

“We live out­side Gympie and we haven’t been there for almost two years.”

The Sut­tons and Black Jack, Bear, Mouse, Dodge and Tewa just got up one morn­ing and thought it would be a good idea to go for a walk around the coun­try­side.

With some prepa­ra­tion and plan­ning they set off on the long road which would take them to Birdsville, the New SouthWales bor­der, the South Aus­tralian bor­der and beyond.

“I have walked with Black Jack from Gympie to Ma­reeba in the Far North to Mel­bourne on our last trip,” Mr Sut­ton said.

“He has walked over 16,000km.

“So we are now go­ing to head down the Na­tional Trail from Mt Perry to Gympie and home.”

Mrs Sut­ton rides the camels all day and said that once you got used to the rock­ing it was a whole lot of fun.

“We have ev­ery­thing we want here and we have never had a prob­lem,” Mrs Sut­ton said.

“Peo­ple ask us why we do it and I just say, be­cause we can.”

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

REST STOP: Ber­nadette and Robert Sut­ton have been trav­el­ling the coun­try with their five camels.

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