This start was at 5am, ready to go at 5:40am to Kings Canyon. Apparently an early start is advisable due to the intense heat.
On arrival we had a choice of two walks. The one requiring a good level of fitness was along the rim of the canyon to the Lost City and Garden of Eden, and the other easier walk was along the canyon floor.
We opted for the latter and found it a bit boring. We were escorted by our coach driver Gordon and saw ghost gum trees while he told us about flash floods he'd been caught in. He was very knowledgeable, but we wished we'd done the rim walk.
Back at the hotel, there was time to relax on the balcony over breakfast before joining the coach again for the trip to Alice Springs. The road to Alice was so straight, with about three vehicles on it the whole way. Apart from seeing a sand lizard walking across the road and about 30 dead kangaroos at the roadside, the most interesting event of the journey to Alice was seeing a dingo eating a recently killed kangaroo on the outskirts of Alice.
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
February 22, 2005
The restaurant, Carmichaels, on site seemed to be very expensive, and I don't think anyone from our party ate there. The brochure also states that there is a George Gill Bar and an Outback BBQ and Grill, but these were closed. (I did hear the coach drivers talking about problems with the restaurant as we were exchanging passengers. There may be a staff problem, as the resort is quite isolated). Luckily, there was a filling station with a café and bar, with Internet access, and small supermarket a 5-minute walk down the road. We were too late to eat in the cafe, so we got provisions from the supermarket.
The brochure also states that camel rides and quad bike rides are available at Kings Creek Station 37km down the road and can be booked through reception. I also believe there is a swimming pool.
From journal Tour of the Red Centre
Warwick, United Kingdom
August 27, 2004
You can also camp at the resort or stay in dorms, which I assume is considerably cheaper than staying in the hotel rooms.
The resort also has a bar which does good food, either grills or pizzas and drinks, there is often live entertainment. The restaurant does buffet food which is OK if you're starving but otherwise rather expensive.
There is also a boardwalk to a spot to watch sunset on the canyon edge, I suggest you get here early so you can get a seat under the tree. The rocks change colour and it's quite nice but I also suggest you leave just before sunset finishes or you'll be in a big queue for food as everyone rushes away with the same idea!
In summary - a pricey venue, but there is little choice if you want to see Kings Canyon; they rather have the monopoly.
From journal Kings Canyon
by Gypsy Canuck
Northern city in Ontario Canada, Ontario
March 1, 2001
From journal Kings Canyon Climb