Trip Start Jun 28, 2010
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The walk was quite difficult in parts but definitely worth the effort for the photo opportunities and to take in this beautiful area. I definitely think King's Canyon is the hidden gem of Central Australia and maybe gets overlooked because of it's nearby companion - Uluru (Ayers Rock) - which was our next stop on the agenda
Once we had set up camp, we had time to do the easy, flat 10km base walk of Uluru which allowed us to view this mammoth formation from every pssible perspective. We saw various areas where Aboriginal rock paintings were still visible and learnt just how culturally important and sacred Uluru is to the local Indigenous communities. The actual walk got quite repetitive at some points but was still worth doing in order to get an idea of what it looked like from different sides. The visitor centre had a brilliant art gallery that has made me want to choose some lovely Aboriginal art to take home with me.
The following morning we were early birds and after breakfast in the camp kitchen along with the mice who were doing acrobatics in the toasters and behind the fridges (eek!) ... we drove to the lookout point of Uluru to view the Rock at sunrise. It was absolutely perishing that day so we were really willing for the sun to peep up over the horizon
It was certainly an iconic place to almost end our travels in Australia before we headed back to Ceduna to earn more money. It took us two more days to get back to Ceduna - the main stop in between being Coober Pedy. This was a peculiar old town where opal-mining is the thing to do and where a lot of buildings, homes and churces are actually underground because of the extreme heat the town experiences in Summer.
It was then the dusty road back to Ceduna, driving past places without names and names without places, where our old jobs awaited us...Now it's time to plan a whole new phase to our trip - magical and mystical INDIA!!!