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Kings Canyon

Watarrka National Park

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Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park is the Australian version of the Grand Canyon; not as big but certainly as spectacular. The canyon is a huge chasm that cleves the earth to a depth of 270 meters, with sheer red rock faces that soar more than 100 meters over dense forests of palms, ferns and cycads, sheltering from the harsh, surrounding desert conditions.

We did the 6 km rim walk that took us to the top of the canyon after a steep climb, but rewarded us with spectacular views of the surrounding weathered sandstone, lush hidden forests and breathtaking sheer rock faces of the canyon.

We stayed at the Kings Canyon Resort and thought it would be a very nice place to stay, especially at $38 a night for an unpowered site. But we were disappointed with the neglected, overcrowded facilities. We tried the local BBQ restaurant and entertainment and that was also overpriced and mediocre. The conclusion: Kings Canyon itself is great but avoid the Resort, rather stay at Kings Creek which is on its way to the Canyon.

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon


Kings Canyon sheer rock face

Kings Canyon sheer rock face


Kings Canyon northern rock face

Kings Canyon northern rock face


Kings Canyon southern rock face

Kings Canyon southern rock face


Kings Canyon strange rock formations

Kings Canyon strange rock formations


Windy and cold!!

Windy and cold!!


Kings Canyon splendour

Kings Canyon splendour


Garden of Eden

Garden of Eden


Kings Canyon cliffs

Kings Canyon cliffs


Solidified ancient sand dunes at Kings Canyon

Solidified ancient sand dunes at Kings Canyon


400 year old West MacDonald Ranges cycad

400 year old West MacDonald Ranges cycad


Stunning scenery at Kings Canyon

Stunning scenery at Kings Canyon

Posted by KobusM 03:55 Archived in Australia

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Hi there reading about your trip I see you had a washing machine machine as we will be leaving in may next year do you think the washing machine a good idea

Cheers Richard

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