Yet another cold morning morphing into a glorious day. Cloudless blue skies and a top temperature of about 28 degrees.
As mentioned yesterday, dingoes and wild dogs are a problem here. There are signs all over the place warning about feeding or in any-way encouraging them. They turn up at mealtimes and you can hear a voice saying “Shoo – go away!” Unperturbed the dingoes simply move on to the next van and the next van says “Shoo – go away!” and so on. Just like a verbal Mexican wave. Hilarious!! Sometimes other words with the same meaning are used, but this is a family friendly blog so I won’t repeat them here. There were some upturned rubbish bins about the park this morning and it is pretty obvious who the culprits were.
We got off to an early start this morning as it felt a lot warmer than the last few days. Bertha was packed up and we drove about 10 kms to Kings Canyon.
We parked in a section of the car park set aside for the “big boys”.
There is a very impressive metal information structure with lots of information about the geology of the area, and about the different walks available. There are also water stations with (hopefully) fresh water so that visitors can have a drink, fill water bottles, and so on. Toilet facilities are nearby, but are the only ones servicing walkers and visitors to Kings Canyon.
We had a look at the rock stairs at the start of the Rim Walk, which is the most difficult walk. It goes for about 6 kms, takes 3 to 4 hours to complete, and is rated Moderate but with a hard section at the beginning – that would be the rock stairs. I did the Rim Walk 24 years ago but decided not this time – the years have left their mark!
Instead we headed along the Kings Creek Walk which is a lot easier, although it still means scrambling over rocks and such so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
It was an absolutely beautiful walk, in parts along a dry creek bed, but the contrasts in the colours of the vegetation against the clear blue sky and the amazing rock formations make it particularly special.
Our walk came to an abrupt end some distance before the anticipated end at a viewing platform where you can see stunning views of the sheer canyon walls. In May 2016, during severe storms, some boulders came loose from the canyon walls and destroyed the viewing platform and it is still being rebuilt, so the Rangers have had to fence off the end of the Creek Walk.
We really enjoyed the walk and stopped several times to just sit quietly and soak in the ancient, mystical atmosphere. Like at Uluru, you can feel the spirituality of the land and can completely understand why these areas are so special to the traditional land owners.
After a refreshing cool drink in Bertha we made our way back to Kings Canyon Resort and reclaimed our site.
Lunch was “Wombat, Roots & Leaves” vegetarian pizza at The Desert Oaks Bistro, which I washed down with a Lazy Yak. Delicious! We were going to have coffee there but a tour bus arrived and disgorged a million visitors so we headed back to Bertha for coffee instead.
This afternoon has just been a lazy afternoon, soaking up the magnificent vista that surrounds us. This truly is an awe inspiring location and we have made the most of our stay here.
Thoroughly enjoying the motorhome experience.