It’s grand, vast, rich and definitely fit for a king. The Kings Canyon is around 3-hour drive from Alice Springs and boasts amazing rock formations. It is part of the Wattarka National Park and home for Luritja Aborigines for more than 20,000 years. The natural elements and processes of red sandstone, rain and water, earthquakes, and erosion concert to create a spectacle that continues to inspire awe among its visitors.
Climbing the 3-hour 6-km Rim Walk was challenging. It was midday under the scorching heat with the flies that kept pestering us. Carrying 1.5L of water didn’t help either. But that precious 1.5L was the one that kept me going. Without it, I would have been dehydrated. But it was definitely worth it and I would not think twice of doing it again. The Kings Canyon was a spectacle. The bright sun glistened on the red rocks saturating more its color. The green shrubs and trees are like emeralds embedded in a blanket of ruby. And a delicate hue of sapphire was swept across the sky like a globe encasing these treasures.
The texture of the rocks makes it beautiful even in black and white.
But there are more treasures waiting to be discovered. We descended down the canyon to a natural spring waterhole surrounded by exotic plants such as large ferns and gums. It is also the habitat of lizards, birds and other animals. It’s like finding an oasis across the desert. And the sudden contrast of dry environment with the tropical atmosphere around the watering hole was surprising yet relaxing. Two sandstone cliffs were connected by a wooden bridge that serves as a viewing point for the watering hole. We rested for good 10 minutes under the shade. A crisp scent of foliage and rejuvenating sound of water, it is aptly called the Garden of Eden.
If you plan to go to the Red Centre, don’t just pass by along the highways heading straight to more popular tourist attractions. Take a detour and be moved by this immovable monument of time, history and culture.
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