Kings Canyon – Watarrka to Alice Springs

On the last night we wandered over to the edge of the campground to get a last shot of the George Gill Range at sunset. The first photo was taken at 4.30 pm, the orange of sunset is just starting to show. The light towers (unlit) can be seen in the foreground. This shot was taken from the sunset viewing platform next to the park.

George Gill Range 4.30 pm
George Gill Range at 6.00 pm

This photo and the next were taken from the edge of the park, we had done a bit of walking that day and did not fancy another walk up the hill to the viewing platform.

Another part of the George Gill Range at Sunset 6.00 pm

We started a conversation with a couple and they offered to take our photo and it would have been churlish to refuse.

It was early to bed as it was a very cold night and I woke early the next day so I walked up to the viewing platform and took a couple of photos before the sun rose.

We were on the road that day at 7.30 heading for Alice Springs on Mereenie Loop, a notorious dirt road that cuts about 150 Km off the journey. The corrugations were terrible and the dust blinding and so fine (I was following Nadine, but a long way back!). There were rocks, stoney rough sections and deep dips, it was a road to be done but not enjoyed. A couple of road signs on the approach to a corner and on exiting it, raised a smile.

A short section of the road was paved going up onto a jump up so we stopped and Nadine took a photo of the view back down the valley toward Kings Canyon.

Eventually we hit the bitumen on Larapinta Way and headed to a bushy caravan park about 15 Km out of Alice Springs. It is a basic caravan park but has lots of trees, big sites and very clean, but not modern, amenities, well worth considering if you are up this way, Wanngardi Caravan Park. Tomorrow, Monday, we will start exploring the West MacDonnell Ranges.

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2 Responses to Kings Canyon – Watarrka to Alice Springs

  1. Rosalie Arnold says:

    Just love a red dust corrugated road. Most people wouldn’t know what a jump up is. Love following you on your adventures and the pics

  2. Russ says:

    The dust on this road was more browny red for some reason whereas the country around was your typical red sand. You are probably right about jump ups.

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