The remote Throssell Ranges - A bit of history and some Quad Bike Exploration.

Monday, Mar 01, 2010 at 19:31


The remote Throssell Ranges were named by the first hardy souls who headed inland in search of Gold in the early 20th Century. They are named for George Throssell (1840-1910), early Pioneer of WA and a premier of the state in 1901 (Georges son was Lieut. Hugo Throssell of the 10th Light Horse who won the Victoria Cross for actions on the 30th August, 1915 at Hill 60, Gallipoli). Intrepid Explorers like Rudall and the old bushman Frank Hahn had skirted their perimeter and in fact these two met in the western foothills of the Throssells in 1897 while Rudall was searching for Wells and Jones, the two ill fated members of the 1896 Calvert Expedition.

These days, The Throssells remain largely isolated despite the majority of their rocky expanse falling within the western boundaries of the Rudall River National Park. The Aboriginal inhabitants have travelled the ranges for thousands of years following the many ephemeral waterholes in the area eventually leading them to the more lasting and secure pools of the Oakover. There are very few tracks into this area and its mysteries remain largely unexplored.

This Video follows our expedition into the eastern edges of the Throssells on out Arctic Cat diesel quads. The area is extremely remote and on this occasion we followed the course of the Yandagooge Creek to the amazing Darlsen Pinnacle. There are no tracks into this area. We made many interesting discoveries along the way as you will no doubt see.

''We knew from the experience of well-known travelers that the
trip would doubtless be attended with much hardship.''
Richard Maurice - 1903
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