My third tour in central Oz was a day trip to King’s Canyon, about 3 hours away from Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
It was an overcast and slightly drizzly day, which made for perfect hiking weather as I didn’t have to worry about burning or becoming dehydrated in the desert sun. The scenery was consequently a little more sedate given the cloud cover. I was still surrounded by brilliant burnt reds and browns of the canyon’s rocks and domes and earth. I still marveled at the sage greenery and noted how very lime-colored the spinifex grasses can be at times. The difference was that the sky replaced it’s bright blueness with a steely blanket of clouds. While the color combination wasn’t as brilliant, it was still beautiful.
And, I was once again struck by the vastness of the area. The canyon was overwhelming from so many different views: on the canyon rim looking into the deep chasms,
On the drive back to Ayers Rock Resort we stopped at another look out point to see Mount Connor (a third gigantic rock formation in the area) and one of Australia’s salt lakes, Lake Amadeus. The tour guide let me collect a little red sand from a dune along our roadside stop as a memento of the scenic landscape in Australia’s Red Center. Stunning.