After our busy 4 days at Uluru and Kata Tjuta we then set off for Kings Canyon which was about a three hour drive away along the ‘Red Centre Way’ highway. It was overcast, windy and cold when we left Yulara and by the time we reached Kings Canyon the wet weather had set in and stayed that way for the whole time we were there. We were a bit disappointed not being able to see some beautiful sunsets/sunrises over the Canyon – particularly as we managed to jag probably the best campsite with views in the whole campground!
We made the most of our time at the resort despite the rain – we had a beer and a softdrink at the ‘Outback BBQ & Grill’ Bar one night and the kids really enjoyed the live entertainment – a band called ‘The Roadies’ played and there was lots of getting the kids up on stage to play along and sing ‘Home Among the Gum Trees’ and other aussie classics. Matt and I even got roped in to going up too with some other parents to be laughed at but at least we were rewarded with a free beer or wine for our embarrassment (not sharing the vidoe footage of that!
We spent the first two days catching up on washing and spending some quiet time reading/doing a bit of school work bunkered down inside the van and hoping the rain would go away. The kids even watched the movie ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ for the first time and they loved – it was a favourite from my childhood days! We took a few short walks around the campground and even treated the kids to a hot chocolate (it was complimentary from the Reception Area but we didn’t tell them that – gotta take some ‘nice parent’ brownie points when you can get them cheap!), but by our third day we were ready to lace up the shoes and check out the Canyon despite the rain!
The Kings Canyon Rim walk was the best walk we have done so far! Unfortunately the photos don’t really show you how beautiful and varied and high the scenery was and the rainy weather didn’t help either! It was another long walk and probably the toughest one we have done with the kids. It was only a 6km walk but quite steep in lots of places and lots of different terrain to walk through and a bit slippery as well due to the weather. The cliff edges were completely open which had me constantly saying to the kids ‘get away from that edge!’ even from metres away! It was another really amazing walk – check out the Kings Canyon Resort webpage for more information and some beautiful photos of what we saw – our photos below don’t really do it justice!!
We enjoyed our time at Kings Canyon but after spending a week in busy caravan parks we were definitely ready to move on and tackle the Mereenie Loop and find some quieter (and cheaper!) spots to camp.