Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
14 Mar 2008
|The day began early again with the alarm at 5:30 so that we were ready for a 6:15 start.
We reached the start of the walk before sunrise but not before the flies rose! They were everywhere and as we started the climb it became impossible to fend them off. If you opened your mouth to breathe you had an extra breakfast!
The sunrise was again very good but fortunately the clouds came over after and held the temperature to 28 degrees centigrade. A few weeks earlier it had been 42 degrees so we almost needed our pullovers!!
We managed the climb without too much difficulty and then enjoyed a wonderful walk around the rim of King's Canyon which took just over 3 hours and covered about seven kilometres.
We had a guide who explained the flora and fauna and we visited the garden of eden where we saw Adam and Eve, the local ducks!
A helicopter had delivered a couple of Harpers & Queen models and camera crew on a shoot in the canyon and the guide said it was strange coincidence that we saw two rangers out on the walk!
We got back to the hotel around 10:30 in time to shower, change and pack for the drive through to Alice Springs.
The roads are so straight and deserted that it is exciting to see another vehicle particularly if it was a road train comprising a large truck and three trailers about 53 metres in length.
We also saw some camels and at the afternoon tea stop some Emu. The Kangaroos and Koalas have been hiding and we haven't seen any on this trip.
It was a 7 hour journey to Alice Springs which demonstrated what a huge deserted place this is. The fourth largest town in Northern Territories was the hotel resort we stayed at in Uluru (Ayers rock), Alice was the third largest at about 23,000. The driver named every road in the territory and where it went to and from in the course of fifteen minutes max. What a place.
Mexican dinner and then breakfast delivered to the room as we have to leave at 7am and there isn't time to go to the restaurant before then.