Watarrka

Trip Start Jan 29, 2012
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Trip End Apr 01, 2013


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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Monday, April 23, 2012

The drive to Kings Canyon (Watarrka) was just over 300kms. The landscape was flat with mainly spinifex and the odd tree at first, but soon became more interesting with the huge cliffs in the distance, and many more trees. We arrived in the afternoon, and decided to have a rest afternoon.
Our first night was paid for by Grant and Sandy, and this was in a magnificent spa suite. Wow, were we excited! The room containing the spa was nearly as big as our van, and we also had a huge bathroom, and joy of all joys, a king bed. We thought we had died and gone to heaven. To top that off, a full breakfast was included, which was to be a huge improvement on the Vegemite toast we were having each day. We had pizza and drinks at the huge eating area, and then hit the hay. Next day we ate a huge breakfast, and I mean huge, then got ready to do the 3 hour rim walk.
Grant and Sandy had been dreading this because of the steep steps at the very start, but they climbed it without requiring resuscitation, and were very proud of themselves.
The rim walk is sensational, the colours of the sun reflecting off the sheer cliffs is sooo red, the ghost gums so start white against the clear blue sky. 
The beehive formations at the Lost City were spectacular, and there are literally hundreds of them.
The permanent waterhole in the Garden of Eden was a beautiful place to sit and take in the surroundings. I tried to imagine Hugo Weaving in his shock frock from the op shop that he wore in the movie "Priscilla Queen of the Desert", which was filmed there. I remember him standing on the edge of the sheer cliffs being ruffled by the breezes.
At the end of the walk we staggered back to the shelter area and had lunch, then did the valley walk, which was also beautiful.
That night we stayed in the caravan park, and paid $38 to park on the grass. No power, no water, just grass. We wanted to stay hitched up so we could head out early in the morning, so this was our only option. Grant and Sandy joined us for cheese and drinks, and we witnessed the most magnificent sunset, with the canyon glowing bright red behind us. We then had a great night sitting under the stars, and watching for satellites. 
We all loved Kings Canyon. The colours and the sheer size of it are just breathtaking, whereas Uluru has a very different look to it, with every corner you go around having a different look and texture to the rock.
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