Australia: Kata-Tjuta > Kings Canyon

Day 3

Up early and on the bus before sunrise to make our way to Kata-Tjuta. Kata-Tjuta is another rock formation in the outback but unlike Uluru, instead of one giant rock it’s made up from hundreds of rocks of all sizes.

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We arrived the viewing platform just before sunrise to get some really great views of Kata-Tjuta and off the the East you could see Uluru in the distance. Well worth the early start!

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We then made our way to the base of Kata-Tjuta and walked through the Valley of the Winds (so named because it’s so windy!). The whole hike through the valley included 2 rest stops at 2 lookout points but to do the full loop would be about 7.6km in total. It took around 2.5 hours to complete with stops for demonstrations and photos so we were happy.

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After our hike we loaded back on the bus to start making our way to Kings Creek Station for our overnight stop camping in a Swag. On the way we made a short stop at a small place called Curtin Springs and again at Lake Amadeus to check out the salt flats.

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Lake Amadeus (Salt Flats)

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When we arrived at Kings Creek Station we set up our swags ready for bed. Swags are like potato sacks that you climb in and zip yourself up in with a mesh opening at the top for air.

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Our Swags for the night

After a mammoth stir fry we huddled round the open pit campfire for tim tams (chocolate covered chocolate biscuits) and toasted marshmallows while we all sang along to Shorty playibg his guitar. There was something to be said for camping in the outback, my fears of getting attacked my tarantulas in my sleep melted away singing around a campfire under the stars. And after todays hike and camp set up, I got in my swag, looking up at the night sky and the thousands of stars streached out to the horizon and the only thing I was worried about was missing a shooting star or two while I slept.

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