Picture Challenge #5

The Australian Outback is certainly not short on dramatic scenery — even though some of the people who’ve never been there think it’s all sand and flies and heat, so who’d bother going there.

This place is certainly breath-taking. Who’s been there and can describe it?


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Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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5 Responses to Picture Challenge #5

  1. Tony Dew says:

    King’s Canyon

  2. Joy Pawelski says:

    Looks like the Painted Wall in Kings Canyon. Beautiful multi-coloured ochre.

  3. dazzlerplus says:

    Quite right, both of you, although Tony, you’re a bit light on with the description. Not to worry, we Aussie males tend to be clustered at the strong, silent end of the spectrum. But we’re usually there when you need us, isn’t that true, ladies?

    I think King’s Canyon is a gem of a place. It’s about 300 km from Uluru, and another 330 km back to Alice if you take the Mereenie Loop Road — well worth it if you’re travelling independently, and don’t mind a few bumpy bits. And give yourself time to visit Hermannsburg and Palm Valley. The track into Palm Valley is usually very much a 4wd job — take your time, it’s worth it!

    King’s Canyon is quite free of commercialism and the nanny-state measures that can make some natural attractions give you the feeling that you should probably bring your lawyer with you. The circular walk up to the top of the escarpment, around the edge and then back down the other side deserves at least a half day, and is teeming with photo opportunities. There are no guard rails along the edge, so you can be just as foolhardy or cautious as you like. The nonchalant ones will sit with their legs dangling over the edge, just as if they were sitting on a bench in the park. Others will get that queasy feeling in the pit of the stomach, even though they’re standing ten metres back from the edge.

    Nestled in the “canyon” at the foot of the cliffs is the “Garden of Eden” — the name gives you the idea. In the picture above you can see a glimpse of the deep blue (sometimes) water of the pool. Some visitors go swimming there, but be warned that without the help of modern filtering technology, the water is not exactly pristine. Don’t think about it too much.

  4. Anne says:

    Wow, great photo….Another spot that I haven’t seen…yet. Maybe after the knee replacements.
    Thanks for allowing me to travel with you from my desk.

  5. Gillian Hunt says:

    We lay on our stomachs and looked over the edge. Helped stifle that queasy feeling you mention Rob.


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