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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
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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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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
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Kings Canyon rim walk
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kings Canyon June 16th 2012

Today we woke up really early since we had a huge day planned which included quite a lot of driving. We were up before the sunrise and headed to the viewing platform at Ayers Rock to watch the sunrise. It’s amazing how different the colours and shadows look at different times of the day and this morning with the skies being so clear you could see The Olgas in the distance behind Ayers Rock. It was a beautiful morning and an incredible sunrise over one of the most fascinating landscapes I’ve ever seen, certainly something I will remember for a long time. Once the sun had cleared the horizon we decided to make a move since the drive to King’s Canyon would take around 3 and a half hours. We arrived into King’s Canyon Resort, a ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kings Canyon January 10th 2012

Day 118, 07/01/12 Got picked up at 6am and off we went to Kings Canyon. A long drive and we arrived about 12noon and did a lovely walk around the top and stopped off for a swim half way around in a small waterhole, as it was a warm day I jumped in. We learnt a lot of the history about the Canyon including the Aboriginal stories and the scientific/evolution facts. The whole tour is in the middle of knowhere and you barely seen any cars on the one long road, just desert and shrubs for miles and miles on end - so guess where we slept that night? In a tiny opening about 1km away from the main road in the land with a tiny corrugated shelter and a space for a fire. You sleep ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kings Canyon December 1st 2011

Heading north we stop off to see Australia’s version of the Grand Canyon. Kings Canyon. We stayed at another Voyages Resort with camping which was as good as the Yulara one. We were warned at reception about the dingos and to not leave the dog on his own. Which we realised was no exaggeration when later that night when we were having dinner our van got surrounded by 3 dingos all howling and looking ready to try a piece of tasty blue cattle dog for dinner! We promptly shoved him in the van where he stayed till the sun came up! The creek walk into the canyon was easy and lovely. The big walk (Canyon Rim Walk) was too long for us to do so we were a bit cheeky and just did the first part ... read more
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Lots of wildlife in the canyon
Steep climb up the canyon.

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kings Canyon September 19th 2011

Several months ago, when this trip was still in the planning stages, the community of geo-bloggers were asked to describe geology that they find sexy. The topic wasn't meant to be about double-entendres (but lets face it, there are lots of those in geology), but about geological features that we get really excited about. I wrote about ripple marks, although there was also a brief mention of cross-bedded sandstone. Imagine my delight then, early this morning as we made the steep ascent on the start of the King's Canyon rim walk, when I started seeing cross-bedding and ripple marks. Our guide said that I should wait until we were at the top, and then I'd be really excited... Uluru() and Kata Tjuta () were amazing, but King's Canyon was spectacula... read more
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Sunlight and shadows

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kings Canyon September 1st 2011

We had to get up early again, no sleeping in for us! After breakfast we drove over to Kings Canyon. This wasn't the hardest hike but it was a long one and walking on the same kind of rock that I fell on so I opted not to do the hike at the top but the easy hike in the bottom of the canyon. It was still a really nice walk. Once everyone was back we all had lunch together and then it was time to go back and pack up the camp. Then it was time to make the long journey back to Alice Springs. On the way we stopped at a roadhouse that also sells aboriginal art so we could have a look. We got back into Alice Springs and then hopped straight into ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kings Canyon August 31st 2011

From Georgina-kids too busy playing so I thought I better take over for now! Apart for the ridiculous prices of everything (a can of coke $5 and petrol, $2.10 a litre), we loved KIngs Canyon. The caravan park is quite near the bottom of the Canyon. As this sun sets, the view was magnificent. We settled into a much quieter park. It had a very relaxed atmosphere, set amongst grasslands. We were advised by other travellers to put all the shoes in at night because the dingoes like them-didn't see any but they hang around. We decided to make (and it definitely was make) the kids do the Kings Canyon rim walk the next morning. It was a 6km, 2-3 hr walk up the side of the Canyon (a very steep start) and then a picturesque ... read more
The Canyon
Having a rest at the top
Fossilised sea ripples on the canyon floor




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