Kings Canyon

After our hike around The Olgas, we drove 50ks until we were right outside of a place called Kings Canyon. We camped there for the night and it was extremely cold. Luckily, we made friends with our neighbors and they were so fun and pleasant that they made the evening pass quickly.

 

Julia and Trevor were a middle-aged couple from Melbourne. They had two weeks of vacation that they were spending here, in the Center. It took them five days to drive here, another five days to drive back home and four days to explore the attractions around the area. I admired that spiritedness. Julia and Trevor were the couple I wanted to be like someday. They were so pleasant and cheerful about everything. When Trevor would make a joke Julia always laughed and told him how funny he was. Trevor made several comments about Julia's traits like he was constantly studying her. They were hunky dory about everything.

 

The next morning we tackled Kings Canyon. Kings Canyon was the least publicized in all three of my travel guides. It was an afterthought to Uluru and the Olgas. However, my experience of Kings Canyon went above and beyond Uluru and the Olgas. In my opinion, the canyon trumped everything else in the red center.

 On top of Kings Canyon!

On top of Kings Canyon!

 

When we arrived at King's Canyon it was cold and cloudy, the perfect weather for hiking. No sooner were we out of the car did we see Julia and Trevor. They were smiling and waving at us and all dressed in their warmest hiking gear. We chatted with them as we began our walk—straight up a steep flight of stairs.

 

On the stairwell we ran into some girls we had met two nights ago at a campsite. We talked with them about their experience at Uluru and took turns taking group pictures for each other before we continued walking up the trail.

 

 Matthew staging a very unfortunate accident. 

Matthew staging a very unfortunate accident. 

We opted for the “Rim Walk” which took about two hours. The walk was both beautiful and amazing. We walked up and down and all around the edge of the canyon. What we saw was beautiful and invigorating.

 

Kings Canyon is sometimes referred to as “Australia's Grand Canyon.” I've never been to the Grand Canyon but this one was pretty cool in my books. Maggie and Matthew and I took a lot of fun pictures and at the end of it all, Matthew and I said it was the best thing we had done in Australia so far.