Posted by: travelrat | April 3, 2013

Watarrka (King’s Canyon) Rim Walk

King's Canyon

Watarrka: 22nd April 2012

In the morning, we made a pre-dawn start, to do the King’s Canyon Rim Walk. They say this must always be done in a clockwise direction. We have a similar superstition at home; a circular walk should always be tackled clockwise, for to walk ‘withershins’, or the ‘Devil’s Way’ is to invite misfortune. Maybe the Aborigines have a similar superstition? Or, could it be just advisable, to get the more strenuous stuff over first? That’s a climb up a series of step-like stones; the actual count varied, but averaged about 540.

At the top, we were rewarded with some stupendous views of the canyon … a bit like some of the limestone features in Yorkshire, I thought, but red, and magnified a hundred-fold. If you took local advice, and didn’t climb Uluru, this will more than make up for it.

The Rim Walk is only about 6 km., but you’re advised to allow at least 3 –4 hours, and is fairly strenuous. However, gentler walks along the canyon floor are available for those with lesser abilities.

We passed through an area of weathered domes called the Lost City, and through a green area at the head of the gorge known as the Garden of Eden, where we rested awhile by a waterhole. Then, we climbed once more up a wooden staircase to the other rim, which culminated in a dry waterfall called Kestrel Falls which, we were told, does flow occasionally. And, just as we completed the walk … it started raining.

Spinifex Pigeon

Spinifex Pigeon



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