| Stayed here 28th Sept Mount Polhill Reserve we have really |
come to appreciate just how well these areas are set up
|Evidence of the big burn that is going on in the NT |
at the moment this was beside the camp area
|Rainbow Valley we have however learned not to always |
believe the signs they are either very accurate or
totally wrong as this one was - pretty good
road this one - wished we had taken the caravan
The fires were raging all around us and in particular Peter struggled with the affect on his breathing. The road into Kings Canyon (where we were heading) was closed and had been for three days. We continued on and stayed one further night at a rest area and by then the road was open and we were able to drive into Kings Canyon. Fortunately the wind had died down so the trip was uneventful. We had still had no rain. We had a choice of two camping grounds – Kings Creek Station or Kings Canyon Resort. We chose the Resort as it was nearer the Canyon. On the way to the resort we stopped off at Kathleen Springs and took the walk. There are excellent picnic facilities at Kathleen Springs as it is part of the National Park but for some reason there is no camping allowed at this National Park. We can only guess that this protects the interests of Kings Canyon Resort.
The resort has a general store, fuel, a buffet type restaurant, bar and indoor BBQ area. We went across to the bar to listen to the live music. The music was bush type and certainly not the best we have heard. Of course it was just my luck to be chosen from the crowd to join a group for the actions while they sang “Home among the gum trees”. It was certainly time to go back to the caravan after that!
Peter has written up about our walk to the rim of Kings Canyon – it was certainly an experience neither of us would have wanted to miss and we are certainly glad that we spoke to others in the camping ground and did not take the advice that it was fit for experienced walkers only.
We completed our stay at Kings Canyon by walking the “Kings Creek walk”. This is only 2.6 kms long and meanders up the dry Kings Creek to a lookout point. We could see where we had stood yesterday on the rim walk. As we walked back Peter saw this huge goanna – the biggest either of us have ever seen. We had a great trip to Kings Canyon and would recommend all three walks to anyone.
|Rainbow Valley well worth the look|
|Photo taken from under Mushroom Rock|
|The rock face is very crumbly because of the |
high concentrate of minerals
|Minerals give the rock some real nice colourings|
|Daughter with her visiting German Mother taking in the scenery|
|Peter climbs the rock with his sensible climbing shoes on|
|Gill climbed it without her sensible shoes |
not that you can see her feet!
|Rock structure again with a nest in it|
|The camping area at Rainbow Valley again an example of just |
how well catered for at low cost are the campers
|Site at Finke River|
|There was very little water in the Finke River|
|Shelter at Finke River - note cyclist resting in his hammock|
|Another way to travel Australia - 3k to a litre|
|Overnight stop at Kernot Rest Area - this area was burnt out|
24 hours after we were there by wild fires
|Facilities at Kernot Rest Area|
|Desert like conditions at Kernot Rest Area|
| I completely missed the brumbies who are now hiding in the bush|
I being Gill! I that is Peter at least missed hitting them!
|One side of the road burnt out enroute to Kings Canyon|
|The roadway worked as a fire break - enroute to Kings Canyon|