The range occupies an interesting location geographically being on the border of two major desert systems. To points north are the expansive plains of the Tanami Desert and to the south, the lineal, listless and, soul destroying dunes of the Great Sandy Desert. Mount Hughes is itself an imposing tiered range that rises out of the surrounding desert. Warburton had endured months of hardship leading to this point and was dispirited by the surrounding country. What terms he used to describe the location are largely unflattering and symptomatic of the harsh conditions and deprivation he had endured. Carnegie’s description we reckoned to be a lot more accurate.
The range under which we had struck our camp a century later is the smallest of the three and is linear being about two kilometres long and running in a nor-nor-east direction at 25°. It forms a rocky bluff at its northern end that overlooks a sandy plain that stretches about 1.5 kilometres across to the base of the two jagged angular bluffs that form both Mount Hughes and its smaller sister hill. From altitude, these two resemble jagged triangular points like sharks teeth, both pointing nor-nor-west (210°) Both are tiered or “stepped” as Carnegie describes them with Mount Hughes being the highest of the three hills.