When you think about it, Australia is very well placed for big rocky things. Quite apart from the obvious ones like Uluru and Katatjuta, there are many others such as the Bungle Bungles, the Flinders Ranges gorges, the Twelve Apostles, Mt Augustus in WA, the Three Sisters, Standley Chasm, Katherine Gorge, etc.
On a recent trip, I took in what I like to think of as the Big Five Rocky Things of Central Australia, these being:
- Uluru (Ayer’s Rock)
- Katatjuta (The Olgas, pictured)
- King’s Canyon
- Palm Valley
- Chamber’s Pillar
Of course, one could argue that these are not the top five. But just for the moment assuming they are, how would you rank them in terms of their appeal to you as Outback places to visit? There are of course points for and against each of them. For example, one could say that although Uluru is overwhelming in its size and “presence”, its very popularity has made it scarcely a “true Outback” location any more. Easy access by road or air, five-star accommodation, dozens of buses, crowds of people, …
King’s Canyon I like: a challenging walk around the rim, marvellous views, no guard rails ..… and no admission charge!
Both Palm Valley and Chamber’s Pillar require a bit of 4wd action to get there – that’s a plus, or is it?
Just send a comment telling us how you’d rank them. (You don’t have to use your real name.)