Blogs from Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kings Canyon April 29th 2016

Geo: -24.2676, 131.545Today we have decided to do an early guided tour of Uluru at the Mala Walk. We were originally going to do a very expensive helicopter flight until we discovered that the flight path has been restricted to a wide birth around the rock due to the fact that the noise disturbs the peace.There are about 30 people waiting for the Park Ranger (guide) who has been contracted by the Aboriginal owners to tell their story 365 days of the year. The guide is very informative but is taking forever to move between viewing points, so Deb an I decide to continue by ourselves. The walk was very impressive, somewhat spiritual and took as about 45 minutes to complete.We head back to our hotel leaving Uluru in the distance knowing we may never return. ... read more
The Mala Walk
The Mala Walk
Heading towards Kings Canyon

No signal at Kings Canyon resort so posting both days together tonight. Yesterday we headed over to Kings Canyon from Uluru. We left Uluru after paying $1.99 per litre for diesel, (got to expect that). However Ayers rock resort is a great place and well worth the visit. The drive to Kings Canyon was pretty uneventful. It’s probably about 3 hours and we arrived at the resort (yep that name again!) in the serious heat of the day. Too hot to attempt the canyon walk today so we found our spot of the red dirt and did our best to stay cool. We have both decided that, even though we’ve seen some spectacular natural sites, the outback is not really our thing. The sooner we get back to the coast, the happier we will be. I ... read more
Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kings Canyon April 9th 2015

Up bright and early to set off for the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. The resort is only a few kilometres away from the starting point of the walks. Firstly, there is an endless (hundreds anyway) number of steps to be climbed as you ascend from the creek floor to the top of the gorge. From there you meander around the top visiting lookouts and other points of interest until you get to the back of the gorge where the Garden of Eden is located. It's a hard slog but worth the effort as this is one of the top walks in Australia. We drank lots of water and ran out with about a kilometre of the 6 km walk to complete. At this point, Georgi took a trip / stumble and both she and the camera ... read more
100 steps up
One of the lookouts
A little local

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kings Canyon April 8th 2015

A few moments of drama as we got to Kings Canyon. We hadn't booked any accommodation and we had to decide whether to stay at Kings Creek Station (a cattle station with facilities about 30 km from Kings Canyon) or stay at the Kings Canyon Resort (a place somewhat like Yulara and run by the same people but much smaller of course). It was about 5 km from Kings Canyon and we decided to go with the closer property. So we drove past the Kings Canyon turnoff to drive on to the resort and sort the accommodation....and then I thought... there is no rush...we will check out the walks first, maybe do a short walk and then head on to the Resort. So I decided to do a u-turn. On a highway (with minimal traffic).... In ... read more
Georgi in Creek bed
Lenny relaxing
The Creek

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kings Canyon April 7th 2015

After a very full day walking at Kata Tutja (The Olgas), the previous day, we decided a leisurely bike ride around Uluru would see the end of our time here and we would head off to Kings Canyon to explore that area. The wind remained stubbornly strong. Luckily, it was from ESE and was relatively coolish. We unloaded the bikes at Mala (a walk and facility site at Uluru) and headed out on the 10.6 km loop of the big red rock. Some times you can ride right next to the rock and you are so close you can lean on it. Other times you are detoured hundreds of metres away (so that you may not easily see the secret mens sites). There is a lot of variation that you can see when you are close; ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kings Canyon March 15th 2015

Another early start and on board the coach in darkness. Arrived at Kings Canyon just as day was breaking. We started the walk but after only a third of the way up the first climb sense prevailed and we returned to ground level, neither of us would have been able to complete the walk. Disappointed but still in one piece we enjoyed the walk along the canyon. The rest of the day was spent aboard the coach travelling to Alice Springs. Boring! Seven hours on straight roads with monotous scenery. Sunset and sunrise at Ayers Rock was great. The rest of the Red Centre and their hotels are not great but it was an outback experience..... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kings Canyon March 20th 2014

At night I opened the curtain a little bit. So I could see something outside. In the dust I opened the curtain completly and took photos of dust and later of sunrise. After breakfast in dining carriage we arrived in Alice Springs. There we visited the RFDS (Royal Flying Doctors Service). We saw a marketimg video about it and they have a mini museum and a sovenier shop. Next stop was on top of a hill next to RFDS. There is a war memorial and you can take a view about Alice Springs. Next stop was next to a supermarket. The last one for the next days? On our way we saw camels and twisters. Next stop somewhere in nowhere at a rest house. Next stop Kings Canyon. We followed a track to a lookout. There ... read more
Mesh for head
Kings Canyon

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kings Canyon October 8th 2013

It is hard to imagine Kings Canyon. This is a horseshoe shaped canyon, the highest wall peak 300 meters above the canyon floor, fascinating flora, rock formations, giant boulders that Marg had no show of lifting beside the path, and at the right time of year, full of bird life. This Kings Canyon is a little under 400ks from Uluru, and access is via a good sealed road suffering a little from damaged shoulders, but otherwise an easy drive north off the Lasseter Highway. I asked Marg what was missing on this road, and eventually the penny dropped as they say - despite crossing many creeks, there are no bridges, so this road could be challenging in the wet season. The land varies, some farmed but with an emphasis on arid pasture, other areas would not ... read more
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Kings Canyon 03
Kings Canyon 04

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kings Canyon September 16th 2012

Geo: -24.2676, 131.545It was late at night when I came back from the bathroom and had a surprise encounter with one of the wild camels which roam the pitch black campground in search for food. Another early morning call: 4:40AM! Today we got to see Kings Canyon. The 6km long Rim Trail was probably the most interesting hike of all three days. And so everyone was happy when we finally made our long way back to Alice Springs. In the evening, all cleaned up, we met again for a last beer at the Bojangles Saloon. Es war schon spaete Nacht als ich vom Duschen zurrueck kam und ploetzlich unverhofft einem dieser wilden Kamele gegenueber stand, die hier auf dem unbeleuchteten Zeltplatz gelegentlich nach Nahrung suchen.Wieder ein frueher Weckruf: 4:40! Heute gings zum Kings Canyon. Der 6km ... read more
Kings Canyon, Australia
Kings Canyon, Australia
Recreating iconic scene from "Capricorn One" ;)

Day 6 – Thursday July 5th – Uluru to Kings Canyon It has been a nice treat to stay for more than one night in the same place. The facilities at Ayers Rock Campground (apart from in the overflow section) are excellent. Despite the literally freezing temperatures the water was lovely and hot and the showers were top notch. Rested and almost clean (that red dust gets everywhere) we packed up the camper trailer after a leisurely breakfast prepared to hit the Red Centre Way again en route to Kings Canyon in the Watarrka National Park. However, we could not leave Ayers Rock resort without a camel ride for the kids and stopped off at Uluru Camel Tours for a quick encounter with some “ships of the desert”. Anna mounted on Lazy Daisy. Lazy ... read more
Camel ride
Kings Canyon rim walk
Kings Canyon rim

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