King’s Canyon.

Off to King’s Canyon but not the night of 17/05 as we decided to have a freecamp at Salt Creek Rest Area. Reading about it in Wikicamps and camps 7 it sounded very nice. We arrived for a late lunch around oneish and to find Ian and Kay already there. In the write up of this area someone had said to head over the sand dune so we all did and what a lovely surprise over there. All the space we could want and no one for miles. There was a fire ready for us to use which the men quickly found more wood for. We all set up and began chatting with excitement about what we had seen over the past week and our King’s Canyon walk the next day. We had an awesome fire by happy hour and thought we would cook potatoes in the coals for dinner. They were perfect with some meat sauce over the top. Early to bed for our big day to come.

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King’s Canyon is in the Watarrka National Park. The rim walk is 6kms long and can take up to four hours. This walk should not be attempted in the heat of the day and a certain amount of fitness is required to complete it.  We began our walk at around 9am from the steep ascent of heart attack hill which was a lot of steps to climb.  Taking our time we reached the summit with a couple of rests. Most of the walk from then was up hill, over rocks and then flat. In sections.  Once again the colours were awseome with many different shades of red in the Mereenie sandstone which makes up this huge canyon. We had an absolutely brilliant time on this walk.  It wasn’t all fun but it was well worth the adventure.

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Some of the views were absolutely breathtaking. The canyon’s edge is not protected against danger, you can look right over it with caution. Some parts you actually had to walk fairly close to the edge, literally taking your life in your hands. In the end you feel a satisfaction of having conquered this place with all its challenges. We ran into one gentleman who was on his own, quite breathless and struggling to get his bearings. We called him ‘Huffing and Puffing’. Turned out he was afraid of heights, made me wonder why he was doing it alone or at all. Some people who attempted it had put no thought into the fact that they were endangering their health and had to turn back.

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The descent from the rim is just as daunting as the climb up.  Just as steep with not as many steps but you seem to be descending forever.  We completed our walk in just under three hours, our legs were like jelly but we were happy and looking forward to some lunch, which we had in the shade at King’s Canyon Station back down the road.

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Murray and I then headed to our freecamp for the night by taking a quicker route on a dirt road called Ernest Giles Road. It was corrugated, had some washouts and was a bit hairy in places but saved us over an hour on the road to the Finke River Rest Area.  Another lovely, quiet spot for some dinner and rest.

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The next day we were returning to Alice Springs for a restock of groceries and to have a rest before we hit the road to Darwin which was nearly 1500kms away.

Cheers xo


About Leanne

Traveller, Cook, Blogger, Teacher's Aide, Swimmer, Mother, Wife and yoga lover. Now retired and enjoying me time.
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5 Responses to King’s Canyon.

  1. Helga says:

    Hi me luvverlies. Can see you are still having a great time and are looking fit. Boy you have seen some amazing sights. Travel well and lots of love Helga xxxxxx

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  2. Mick says:

    Glad to see you having a great time!


  3. Some great pics of Kings Canyon – that walk was the toughest we did with the kids & we still talk about it now!

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