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Published: June 25th 2019
We're on the move again and heading to Kings Canyon. It's approximately 325kms away from Yulara. I've booked us on to an afternoon AAT bus transfer. The bus takes about 4 hours with a quick stop at Curtin Springs. Which is a privately owned cattle station, over one million acres in size. The station is home to a number of salt lakes (we saw as we flew into Yulara) and foolaroo .... AKA Mt Connor. Many tourists have mistaken Mt Connor as Uluru. Although they look familiar the lack of a resort is a dead giveaway.
The Kings Canyon Resort is located in the Watarrka National Park and is home to the George Gill Range. The resort is surprisingly large, with a few eating places, a bar, tennis court and a swimming pool. It's all well hidden in the Landscape. The Lookout for the resort has a fantastic view of Carmichael Crag. The Crag's claim to fame is having the Qantas choir standing atop of it singing 'I still call Australia home'.
Mum and I decided on the Kings Creek walk over the Kings Canyon rim walk and after seeing the 500 odd rock steps you need to climb
up we were both pleased with our decision. The Creek walk was a short 2km walk along the base of the canyon. Pete our driver from the night before was the guide for the walk, he provided us with a lot of information on the vegetation and the different rocks that makes up the canyon walls. Unfortunately the Lookout for the Creek walk was being rebuilt after a large rock had destroyed the old one. I did get a cheeky look at the fit young guys working on the new Lookout ...this was the only wildlife we saw on the walk.
As we were watching the sunset that night and chatting to some guests we decided to do a helicopter flight over Kings Canyon after their recommendation. This will be mums first helicopter flight. I know she wasn't to keen when I'd mentioned it for our trip to New York a few years ago. We were lucky to get a late afternoon booking for our last day in the Canyon.
The flight took us over Kings Canyon, the Domes of the Lost City, the Garden of Eden and Carmichael's Crag. Our Pilot was the only female pilot working
for the company and happily pointed everything out to us. From the air you can make out the Dreamtime story of the range being a mother dingo feeding her 8 pups with Carmichael Crag being her head.
I've been a bit disappointed with the lack of animals we've seen in the wild that weren't road kill. Today made up for it. As I was taking our bags out of our room a doggy came up to me ... till I realised it was a dingo and she was looking for food. As we were heading out of the resort some wild horses and a foal crossed the road in front of the bus. We saw a few Wedge-tailed Eagles but I wasn't quick enough to get a photo.
Next stop ... Alice Springs
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