Kings Canyon & Curtin Springs

After the bumpy Mereenie Loop we finally see Kings Canyon appearing in the distance. The red/orange colours highlighted by the setting sun. Again, there’s hardly anyone here, so we can find a great spot on the deserted camp site. The view from our camper is amazing and at night we can have a beer under the star-sprinkled night sky…

A little bit of working out won’t kill us after sitting in the camper for many hours a day! But how do you manage to hike the canyon without getting completely dehydrated and sunburned? Exactly, getting up when the sun rises (and that’s pretty early here we discovered…). A quick breakfast, rubbing spf 50 everywhere, putting on our sporty outfits and we’re good to go!

The hike and the views it gives you are just amazing. This place is awesome! We feel like little explorers ourselves (even though the path is full of arrows to point you in the right direction). The canyon’s valley hosts a beautiful green valley, which you can see from the South Rim. A second hike takes us into this valley and shows us why this (still) is a sacred place for Aboriginals. It’s breathtaking down here and kind of mysterious too though…

Today it’s ‘only’ a 150k drive! Enough time to make some cool stops along the way. First there’s Kings Creek Station, a cattle station / camel farm where you can do all kinds of activities. Ironically, one of them is eating a camel burger in their pub… We decide not to eat these bumpy guys, but to give them a meal instead!

We pass Kings Creek and drive down to Curtin Springs. This active cattle station is still run by the actual owners who first came here (they’re seniors by now). We have to drive a while on their property – watching wandering stock that suddenly crosses the road – before arriving on their free(!) camp site. Oh boy, this is cool!

From Curtin Springs Station you can see Mount Conner – also known as ‘Fool-uru’ as people are mistaking it for Ayers Rock (whilst they still have to drive for about 200k!). This is the closest we could get to the real Outback deal; having a beer on an empty dirt field, tumble weed is passing by. As we light the barbie, parrots fly over our camper. Suddenly we hear a loud noise coming from the road; two road trains enter the domain to fuel up and spend the night. Wow, compared to these guys, Dutch truck drivers need to go back to school. These monsters have a length of 50 meters! After another beautiful sunset we’ll go to sleep under – again – a bright star-sprinkled sky…