Arrived King's Canyon

Trip Start May 02, 2009
Trip End Jun 07, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Up bright and early this morning around 6:15 am to head out to the official sunrise viewing area for Uluru. (Along with several hundred others - many cooking breakfast or coffee etc.)  It was quite cold - around 10-12 degrees, so we rugged up. When we arrived, the rock was a subdued dark, reddy, brown colour.  As the sky lightened, the colour changed to pink and then, eventually to a bright red. When the sun actually got over the horizon, it was like Uluru was glowing.....  It was quite a special event to witness.  (Yes, I know it happens every day, but this is something which all Australians should experience. - Anyway, I was here 40 years ago on a school trip in 1969, and at that time, it rained constantly so the only colour I saw in the rock was a dull grey - this was much more exciting!)

After sunrise, we returned to camp for brekky, and then packed up.  A fairly straightforward trip then to King's Canyon arriving mid afternoon. Rather disappointed in the King's Canyon Resort campground.  This is run by Voyages Hotel group who also run the Yulara resort.  However, King's Canyon was not up to the same standard. We went to find a site and tried several but they were too narrow to allow our camper to open (and it is certainly not the largest camper around). Some of the sites are triangular and extremely small.  Eventually we found a site that we just fitted on, to find that the ground was too hard to get tent pegs in.  We got a couple part way in and then used rocks from the gardens to hold our annexe floor down etc.  Lucky we didn't get any major winds....

We had been warned not to leave anything out overnight which could be chewed as the dingoes here were very active.  However, we were surprised to find one wandering through our campsite just after we set up around 3:30 in the afternoon!

We had a quiet afternoon, as things have been fairly hectic, and tomorrow was to be a big day.

We went up to the resort bar for a pre-dinner drink and got chatting with a German couple from Munich (both psychotherapists) who were doing a 4  week trip around Australia. They were really nice and it was interesting that they thought Australia had grown-up since they were here 20 years ago - we even have decent espresso coffee now! We had dinner in the BBQ grill restaurant where we had camel/crocodile pizza.
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Where I stayed
King's Canyon Resort
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