Central Australia Adventure 11 – Watarrka or Kings Canyon

There are two ways to travel between Alice Springs and Kings Canyon. The long way down the Stuart Highway or the short rough way on the dirt Mereenie loop road.

Road both but only the loop road was worth a picture!

Mereenie Sandstone formed in Central Australia about 400 million years ago.

By the size of the corrugations on the loop road that was the last time the road was graded!

The loop road leads directly to Watarrka National Park which includes Kings Canyon

The Rim Walk is a spectacular walk of around 8 km around the rim and into Kings Canyon

The views looking out from and across the top of the Canyon rim are amazing

Looking into the Canyon one can only marvel at the power of nature to cut so precisely the ancient sandstone with only water and wind as tools.

And when walking down into the Canyon floor

Where water flows and plants flourish there is a beautiful cool calmness silent away from the heat of the Rim.

Kings Canyon is one of the major destinations in Central Australia. I think you can see why.

15 thoughts on “Central Australia Adventure 11 – Watarrka or Kings Canyon

    1. Thanks so much. But really, the light, the colour of the rock, the drama of the landscape just makes photography easy. Tomorrow the Uluru post and that is my red centre adventure documented

  1. Beautiful pictures, my friend! I have spent some time in the state of Utah, here in the USA, and there were places there that looked very much like some of your pictures. I hope you continue to have a fabulous adventure!!!

  2. The run walk is stunning once you make that first climb!

    I nearly road the dirt on the 14 on my way to King Canyon as I was starting at Glen Helen west of Alice … but decided against it.

  3. Good choice the state of the Mereenie loop road would shake even the best road bike to pieces. Unfortunately the Glen Helen resort is a victim of Covid and no longer operating.

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