Gone Walkabout

Trip Start May 18, 2005
Trip End May 18, 2006

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Sunday, March 26, 2006

We took a 4am bus from Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon, a "Geographical Wonder" about 300 miles from the rock. Its a national park containing a massive canyon which you can walk into and around and its full of wierd and wonderful wildlife and shapes.

We had brekkie on a cattle station near the canyon before heading to the canyon where our guide kept reminding us to bring enough water. They recommend that you don't do the rim walk if its above 30 degrees. It was 30 degrees in the shade. But who are we to let a little heat ruin it for us? So we grabbed about 3 litres of water each (which we really needed) and headed up the steep incline to the top of the canyon rim then headed around it looking at some spectacular scenery and stopping at some points of interest (though mostly of interest to the guide as he was a botonist).

At about half way there is a little detour from the main path into the garden of Eden, a smaller valley off the main one with lush forest and a shaded deep waterhole at one end. We got the the water hole and were told we could go for a swim. Of course I was straight in to cool off. Such a relief. But no one else got in!! Its was nearly 40 degrees out, all sweating and smelly, and no one wants to have a dip in a crystal clear, ice cold refresing waterhole in the middle of nowhere!!!! Losers. I enjoyed having it to myself anyway.

We got back to the bus after sweating off about 8 stone and they brought us to another cattle station for lunch, this one owned by the guy who was the first to put the handrails up onto Uluru before it was handed back to the Aboriginals. He was also the fist to ban them from drinking in his pub, and he went to court over it as some people thought it was against thier civil rights. But the ironic thing is that while he was in court over it the Aboriginal elders in the area were asking all the bars to stop serving thier people because of the dependance they were developing on alcohal. That was in the 70's and its still the same now. There's even a sign in all the bars where we stayed saying that they would not serve them. Mad.

So after that we got back to the hostel and slept like babies. The walk was a bit tiring. And we were up for yet another early flight the next day.
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