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The alarm went off at 6am today, that was painful... The reason for the early start was that most of the day was going to be taken up with the drive to Kings Canyon. First stop of the day was at Kathleen Springs (Alice's little sister?) for a walk in the Outback.

Instead of a town, it had been a cattle stock yard in the pioneer days; I'm not sure if it is still used at all, it certainly didn't look that way. At the end of the walk was a waterhole, which is used by wallabies, dingoes and other animals at night to drink. Afterwards, it was off to Kings Canyon.
Kings Canyon itself has 2 available walks: the 1 hour canyon base walk or the 3-4 hour crest walk. In 40° heat, it's not hard to guess which one we did :) Nevertheless, the views were impressive and we took a fair few photos.

I had imagined that Kings Canyon resort would be like Ayers Rock resort with plenty of (overpriced) facilities. Things didn't get off to a good start when we found out the only pub in town would be closed for the next 2 weeks because the air conditioning unit was broken. No problems we thought, we'll head to the hotel bar; they didn't open for another couple of hours - a drastic emergency as I was gasping for something other than water warm enough to make a cup of tea. In desperation, we went to the petrol station where I bought a can of Fanta that I downed in less than 30 seconds. It's thirsty work driving for 5 hours in the desert.
The rest of the day was spent hanging out at the pool (would you expect anything else by now?) and just lazing around. Got a biggee tomorrow...

Posted by jefranklin 16:30 Archived in Australia Tagged backpacking round_the_world

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