A couple of days at the impressive Kings Canyon
Trip Start May 01, 2010
58Trip End Oct 03, 2010
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On the way to Kings Canyon, at last we saw two feral camels sitting fairly close to the road watching the world go by and earlier a few dingoes in the bush.
Sometimes referred to as Australia’s Grand Canyon, what makes Kings Canyon in the Watarrka National Park so rewarding is the incredible range of sights and experiences within such a concentrated area - a combination of parts of Karajini National Park and the Bungle Bungle. Generally one climbs down into canyons but we walked straight into the end of this one. We then spent the next morning climbing up a steep 100m cliff face and walking the 6 km loop around the canyon rim which towers 270 metre above the canyon floor.
At the halfway mark there is a side track that descends into the Garden of Eden, where pockets of Red River Gums, Bottle Brushes wattles, Fig Trees, Cycads and an abundance of ferns grow around pools of water trapped in the rocks giving it a real tropical rain forest feel.
Making our way back up to the rim of the Canyon again the walk then winds through a maze of giant beehive domes before descending back down to the floor of the canyon. The walk is not for the faint hearted and took us 4 hours, a few sore muscles but a sense of satisfaction that even Grey nomads can do anything if they set their minds to it.
In the evening we went to the Resort Outdoor BBQ Restaurant where we spent three hours eating, drinking and listening to the Roadies who put on a show with bush ballads and audience participation. Walking back to the caravan, we saw a few dingoes who howled and barked in the night. The next morning we set off early on the long drive to Alice Springs.