When we were on the coach going to the Sound of Silence dinner, we asked the driver about the road conditions heading out to Kings Canyon. He said it was a sealed road between Uluru and Kings Canyon but he warned us about camels on the Kings Canyon road. A coach hit a camel there fairly recently. So we were all on high alert when driving, but at the same time we wanted to see a camel, just not hit one. Fortunately or unfortunately we didn’t see any wild camels wandering around. We did see a few on a farm though and had to make do with that.
He did mention that there is a dirt road from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs but that was pretty rough and people often do tyres on that road. So he recommended backtracking out the same way we go in and sticking to the sealed road. It adds a bit of distance on, but still quicker than having to replace tyres. I did have the Mazda CX5 and not a 4WD, so we were happy with this advice and agreed that would be the plan on the way to Alice the following day.
We checked into our room at the Kings Canyon Resort and got upgraded to a spa room which was nice. We then went for a hike to do the rim walk at Kings Canyon. We were told to allow 4 hours for this but it didn’t take us that long. The beginning of the hike is a little intimidating as it is the steepest section and you just scramble up the rocky stairs cut out into the side of the hill. This was definitely the hardest bit, so don’t be put off before you start. There were many stairs and it was quite up and down, so be careful if you have any knee issues doing this hike.
Sam spotted this sign and requested that Steff and I do a re-enactment. I feel we did it justice.
After our hike we returned to our room and decided to have a spa to alleviate the achy muscles after all of those stairs. The spa is really a romantic bath for two people, not designed for a group. But we didn’t let that stop us. We put on our bathers and lined up next to each other facing the window and played a challenging game of eye spy. This kept us entertained for a surprisingly long time.
We got ready for dinner and found a BBQ restaurant at the resort and we all really liked the food.
Overall we felt that Kings Canyon Resort is really expensive and would probably avoid staying at the resort in the future. There was a station/camp nearby the Canyon that might be a better option. The Kings Canyon rim walk was definitely worth doing and it wasn’t hard to fit it in on the same day as driving from Uluru.