Pedal On to Watarrka

Day 49

18 May 2009

60km from Kings Canyon-Kings Canyon Resort and a few detours


Total Riding Time: 4hours 33minutes 45seconds

The morning begins with about 60km to Kings Canyon Resort. We plan to ride to Kings Canyon Resort and drop all our luggage before riding back to the Canyon for a brief sunset tour

Got to love the names around here!

More Ghost Gum the National Tree in the Outback

We did a brief stopover at King’s Creek Station. This is a cattle station which also doubles up as a tourist accommodation. They offer heli-rides and horse riding around the area. You can book these helicopters for a bestest view of Kings Canyon. We are gonna do it on a bike instead.

Few hours into the cycling we got to Watarrka National park. This is the official gateway to the Kings Canyon national Park.

There is a short little circuit named Kathleen Springs Walk. As the surrounding landscapes starting to look rocky we decided it will be a good little warm up before we get to Kings Canyon. It’s actually 1.2km and not 12km!

Beautiful Mighty Rocky Cliffs

Yes it was scorching hot at that time of the day!

After the short detour, we pedaled on. From afar, you could spot the majestic Kings Canyon. Slowly we notice the rising jagged cliffs towering from a distance into the dry bushy plains.

We got to the resort/accommodation area at about 1pm. It’s amusing how all the purpose built tourist ‘city’ are called ‘resort’. The thing is the prices of most things here are resort expensive. The grocery store (one and only) is about 2-3 dollars more on most things. As a cyclist we have to buy food here because our supply had already run low.

This is a much needed rest break away from the hot sun. After Kings Canyon is another 200km of dirt road on the Mereenie Loop which has no supplies in between. That means this overpriced Kings Canyon store is the only loading up point for our food supply. Ready to be slaughtered when we walk into it!!!

Later in the afternoon, as we unpacked, we spotted another odd looking BOB trailer laden mountain bike near our campsite in the resort. We were pretty curious and looking at the bike it has been thrashed around a fair bit. We decide to find out who is the owner of the bike later in the evening.

There are 2 walks around the canyon area. The shorter walk is called Kings Creek Walk. It would only take up to 1-2 hours. We decided to explore this walk today before the sunset. The longer Canyon walk which takes about 3-4 hours will be done tomorrow.

Shaded Part of the Canyon

Spectacular Cliff Face

Great sunset onto the cliffs and canyons

After the big ride, overpriced lunch and the evening creek walk, hunger drove us to do crazy things. Testing out Anh’s head of steel…not sure what the ending was…..

To make the day even more interesting, we left some overpriced pasta and instant noodles on the vestibule of our tent. Little did we know the campsite area are infested with dingoes. Those wild dogs came and snatched away a few bags of our carbohydrates supplies. What an eventful day when we came back to the tent noticing the ground is covered with dry pasta and Maggi noodles…!!!

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