Rob Sutton leads the camels along Texas Rd.
Rob Sutton leads the camels along Texas Rd. Ella Archibald-Binge

Tall order for trekkers

FOUR Kilkivan travellers gave a whole new meaning to "hump day" when they led their camels through Stanthorpe on Wednesday.

Husband-and-wife team Rob and Bernadette Sutton, along with their daughter and her partner, arrived on the Granite Belt after a five-week journey from their hometown, Kilkivan.

Mrs Sutton said the trip was all for the love of trekking.

She said the camels were handy companions for long expeditions.

"We've had them for 12 years," she said.

"We found them in the wild and Rob trained them himself."

In addition to carrying swags and supplies for the group's overnight camping stops, the camels are saddled to give their owners' feet a well-deserved rest from time to time.

The group's next rest stop will be Texas, where two of the younger travellers will end their journey and return to the working world.

"They could only get six weeks off work," Mrs Sutton said.

"Rob and I will keep trekking out west."

This journey is not the first, nor the longest for the Sutton family.

One trip saw Rob and Bernadette on the road for more than nine months.

The seasoned trekkers have completed the national trail twice, their camel companions causing quite a stir.

Trail chairman Nick Jacomas said it was the first time camels had walked the 5330km trail, which is one of the longest marked multi-use trails in the world.

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