KATHLEEN SPRINGS TO DESERT OAKS-400KMS
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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JOURNEY: Kings Canyon, Kathleen Springs, Mt Ebenezer, Erldunda
WEATHER: sunny, cool @ 9.30 am
MILEAGE: 18880 kms
OVERNIGHT: Erldunda Desert Oaks Resort; $20pn
We called in again at Kings Canyon and completed the Kings Creek walk- 2kms- along the rocky creek bed into the canyon and it is once again an impressive show of large red walls.
Then onto Kathleen Springs (we couldn't go past this one). The walk takes you into the spring fed waterhole, a very sacred place for the Luritja people who must have been horrified when the white man barged into the area to run cattle. They tell the story of the serpent who lives in the waterhole and protects the area, which is now a fully protected area with remains of cattle fences and dams. The waterhole was lush green and a magic place on this sunny morning.
We had a 400+ km journey today so Sheila put the foot to the pedal and we listened to cheery road music as we went back over the roads we had taken in to Kings Canyon. At one stage we hit upon Peter Allen classics and sang loudly to "I Still Call Australia Home" but Bruce Springsteen sounded pretty good too.
After 170kms we reach the intersection of Luritja and Lasseter Hwys and 50 kms along make a stop at Mt Ebenezer for a break. We enjoyed the Imanpa gallery which fronts the aboriginal owned cattle station and road house.
We were very happy to reach Erldunda once again and booked into the “Desert Oaks Resort” at the intersection of the Stuart Hwy. It sounds pretty flash on the brochure, established as a petrol stop in 1979 and gradually “improved”, but the camp/caravan area is not much more than a dust bowl and as the evening wore on there was a desperate scramble for powered sites by campervans, caravans and motor homes. Large signs told travellers that there was no drinking water here and please do not ask in case of offence! We had a satisfactory spot and set up kitchen and dining area outside and prepared a good meal and watched the sun set. The camp ground was totally quiet by 9pm, except for the distant drumming of the huge generators that supplied power to the motel, restaurant etc. It was a cold starry night and we had no complaints!