Happy Birthday Billy Boy!

Trip Start Jan 30, 2010
Trip End Jul 27, 2011

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Kings Canyon Resort
Read my review - 4/5 stars

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Friday, April 8, 2011

On our way to Kings Canyon from Uluru, we had a break at Curtin Springs Station and there was a friendly emu just wandering around randomly. Quite the character. Fuel was $2.11 litre there! We thought  that was getting expensive, but when we dropped in to Kings Creek Station further along the way, fuel was $2.21. Wowzers!

We headed on to Kings Canyon Resort, not a bad place to stay with a beautiful view out over the ranges.  Quite nice but VERY expensive once again at what seems to be the standard out here, $41 night.  There are two lovely walks in and around the canyon here. As it was about 2pm and 31, we decided on the Kings Creek Walk, along the canyon floor. Although it was quite hot, we did the 2km return walk, meandering along a dry Kings Creek, ending at a viewing platform where you can see the stunning sheer canyon walls going straight up where we will be walking along the ridge of tomorrow. We saw some people way up there standing on the edge of the canyon wall looking down!  Crazy!  We found a lovely waterhole along the way and sat and contemplated the beauty surrounding us and cooled off dangling our feet in the lovely cool water and having a splash. We just pretty much enjoyed the solitude and quiet. The only noise was nature and it was awesome. I really love all these rock formations and colours and textures. We were VERY hot when we completed the walk so back to the resort for a swim in the pool and relaxing afternoon. It is beautiful here and it has a nice energy.  It is lovely watching the sun go down over the beautiful mountains too.  Sometimes I wish I could paint or write poetry or something... so much beauty!

Well it's Billy’s birthday today 9th April, and also our lovely friend Christine! Many Happies to you both!  We woke, opened the curtains to look at the sunrise and bugger me dead there was a dingo just outside the van window sniffing around!  Wow!  They told us at the park that they wander around and not to feed them, but we really didn't expect to see one! He was so skinny and scrawny looking. 

We packed our backpack and headed back to King’s Canyon to do the 6km Kings Canyon Rim Trek. It apparently takes 3-4 hours to traverse. We wanted to get going before it got too hot. What an amazing day we had! We started the climb at 8am and it was 23. Quite lovely for a walk. The trek started with a steep climb to the top of the ridge up stone steps that really were quite deep.  It was hard going (even for some younger ones) but we just stopped every so often to take in the sensational view, and rest for a bit. I was a bit worried about Billy and his vertigo the higher we climbed, but the birthday boy was a real trouper and handled it brilliantly, as it really was high.  He soldiered on without complaint! 

After we reached the top of the initial tough part of the climb, a whole world of spectacular beauty was opened up to us. What great energy these stone domes have! They are kind of like gigantic droppings!  It is like being on another planet! The walk encompasses the rim of the canyon and meanders through magnificent domes, offers great viewing positions of the amazing, steep, sheer canyon walls down to the canyon floor below, not to mention spectacular colour and plant and birdlife. I walked out to a phenomenal viewing spot, where there was a bridge out to a dome viewing spot – no hand railings or fences here, and when I climbed to the top of the dome felt like I was on top of the world.  It truly was very special. Billy missed this one as it was way too close to the edges! 

We trekked down to another section to this gorgeous Garden of Eden, a true paradise in this barren hot landscape, with lush, huge cycads and gum trees!  Who’d have thought? Not only that, but there was a spectacular cool waterhole that we were able to soak our feet in and splash ourselves to cool down.  It was getting mid morning and the temperature was quite hot up on the canyon rim, but down in the waterhole it was shaded and beautiful and cool. We could have stayed here for ages!  We continued on our second half of the trek meandering back down the other side of the canyon through yet more spectacular rock structures. There are no railings here and you are actually able to walk right up to the sheer canyon edge!!  Scary stuff!  I certainly couldn’t do it and Bill sure kept his distance!  We saw others doing it though! It is amazing to see and experience this place and will certainly stay with us for a while.  The walk back down the other side of the canyon was just as spectacular. When we got back to the car park (about 4 hours from starting) the temperature was 35!  So hot and we were really starting to feel it!  Lucky we didn’t start the walk any later!  Back to the resort we headed to throw ourselves into the pool to get the body temperature back to normal.

We met a guy and his dad from Byron Bay this arvo in the pool and went over to the Bistro here at the resort with them for dinner and Billy’s Birthday Bash.  There was entertainment there and once informed that it was Bill’s birthday, came and sang to him and got both him and myself up for a couple of their skits!  Billy took the show away with his rendition of A Frog Went Walking on a Summer’s Day Ah-Hum! (there is a video of him singing at the end of the photos)  It was a cack, or should I say croak!  It was a BIG night and we had a ball! Off to Alice Springs next to stock up then out to the Macdonnell Ranges for a look… should be good.
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louandmichael on

Many happy belated's Bill. Judging by your performance as a frog time does not appear to be ageing you, in fact you seem to have reverted to your childhood!! Have fun.

Darko on

Sorry I missed your birthday. Looks like you had a good one without me. Another year and still"dancing"to a different drum. All the best.

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