You sure this is an ancient sea bed?

Trip Start Jun 29, 2005
Trip End Nov 30, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Monday, July 11, 2005

Up once again at 5.30, after a great sleep under the stars, in order to catch the sunrise in spectacular Kings Canyon.

Not as popular a destination as Uluru, it's still magnificent in its own way and was good to get up there early (before the hordes arrive).

It's a 2-3 hour walk that start with an intense climb up Heart Attach Hill, which ascends a couple of hundred metres in very short order. We powered by a few groups struggling up it and then settled into a more sedate pace for the rest of the hike.

Highlights were ancient sand dune fossilised into striated rock formations, the lush Garden of Eden (with a great deal of water flowing through it which we were very lucky to witness) and the walls of the canyon that tower over the valley below. It's bloody windy up there and we were lucky not to lose some of the group to 'short cuts' down the cliff face.

The amazing thing about this country is that it's all ancient sea bed that has been pushed up to great heights in cataclysmic geologic events, and then eroded away over time (many millions of years). We were tramping about a sea floor many hundreds of metres above the desert below and there is botanical and geological evidence to prove it.

I can't spend much more time on this entry so suffice it to say that our group was once again humbled by the power and beauty of this amazing place. I know that sounds like brochure regurgitation but it was easy to see why Chris (our guide) and many visitors to the region think that this is the highlight of their red centre trip.

To wind up, we made it back to Alice by 6pm - after seeing our first herd of wild camels, seeing a mega road train and tormenting the emus again at Erldanda, and almost hitting a Kangaroo in the bus just outside Alice. After 3 days and about 1,500km it was a little sad to bid Chris farewell, he would have liked to come drinking with us at the end of tour dinner but ended up having to prepare for the next 3 day tour he has to lead - starting at 5pm tomorrow morning. Ouch.

Anyway, 10 of us ended up at Melanka bar for a Kangaroo steak dinner and wind down beers. We almost took out the music trivia night and ended up at Bo Jangles for a few extra beers before heading home.

Adrian (Poland), Bastiaan (Netherlands), Holly (UK), Tori (UK), Flavian (France), Yumi (Japan), and Ove (Sweden) - I salute you. Cheers for a great tour and hopefully our paths will cross again sometime in the future. Remember - we are number 1!
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