Spectacular Kings Canyon

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
Trip End Oct 27, 2012

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kings Canyon Day 20

We hit the road at 7am on the dot. We are now in a routine of packing up, being ready to leave an hour after waking up. Topped up with fuel. $2.14 still can’t get used to this high price. Ouch.

Today George led the way when he finally managed to find his way out of Yulara.

Big excitement happened up the road, a camel was just crossing over. We all came to a quick stop & jumped out to take photos. When I looked to the left of me I saw a huge heard of wild camels. When I started clicking away with my camera they must of heard & started running off. What a funny run head down & off they go. What a way to start the day.

Next stop off, was at Curtain Springs. So I could capture the Stuart Desert Pea on camera. Phyllis had discovered them when they stayed here 4 nights ago. A lot different than I thought not so bright red & very soft.

On the road again. Laughing at the banter between radios of the cars kept us amused. More of the same sort of scenery around here same low lying plants Spinifex grass covering the red dirt & yellow wild flowers along the roadside.

The next stop off we discovered some pink cockatoos called Major Mitchells. They were gorgeous light pink in colour with bright pink crest & under their wings. They were “twitterpaited” all kissing & snuggling up to each other. Great to watch them.

Next stop off was at Kings Canyon Resort at 11.30am. Our camping spot for the next 2 nights. Our camping spot is backing onto the National Park. If the trees were lower we would have a beautiful view of Kings Canyon.

We set up the caravan quickly, whilst the kids made us lunch. We sat & relaxed for a little while, watching the local bird life. A large flock of zebra finches were flitting from tree to tree. A honey eater was drinking water from a dripping tap. Some pigeons have discovered Jay again & are walking around the ground between our caravans. It ended up being a bit of a joke as each caravan park from Yulara on pigeons were, so we all thought they were following Jay after he helped the pigeon.

At 2pm we drove out to Kings Canyon to do the short 2.6km gorge walk. On the way out there more excitement a dingo crossed the road in front of dads car & headed into the tall Spinifex grass camouflaging him.

The 2.6km walk was very easy & spectacular. The red cliff faces either side of us. Large smooth red boulders formed in an old river bed along the path beside us. Tall ghost gums lined the pathway standing out spectacularly against the red rock formations of the Canyon. Grass clumps everywhere. The rocky cliff faces have lines running thru them making parallel patterns in different shades of red.

At the end of the walk is a view to the end of the canyon. You can see people high up on the canyon cliff face. They are so high up they look like ants walking along. We had another family photo met a lady from Paris who talked & talked. Lovely girl. On the way back Jay discovered another cute little lizard just chilling on a rock. His head held high & back legs spread out over the rock. Cute.

We then headed back home. Jay needed some petrol for the generator so we pulled into the garage & saw a lace monitor lizard sitting lazily on the top of the fence. He was just gorgeous. And stayed still whilst we all gathered around taking photos. Must be his favourite spot in the afternoon sun. Even the birds swooping down on him didn’t make him move.

It was more relaxing at happy hour this afternoon. I took some photos of Kings Canyon in the afternoon sun light. Too much cloud cover to get the red rock glowing in the afternoon sun. I also took some photos of the lovely green parrot. I think it's called a yellow crested parrot.

Jay cooked tea tonight which was great chops, potatoes with herbs cooked on the BBQ & I made some terrible tasting peas.

When we were heading to the showers before we went to bed we bumped into mum & whilst we were saying goodnight Bella looked back to our caravan & two dingos happened to be strolling past. WOW so close
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