Kings Canyon. A fuel and general update.

Submitted: Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 10:50

Member - Boo Boo (NSW)

The wife and I went to Kings Canyon on the weekend.

We are currently residing at Ayres Rock Resort and leave this coming Friday.

Anyway, we arrived at Kings Canyon around midday on Saturday.

We stopped at Kings Creek Station to fill up. Diesel was $1.97 a litre and ULP was $1.59.

Forty Kms later we pulled into Kings Canyon where Diesel was $1.82 and ULP was $1.52.

There are a number of walks worth doing. We did the sunset walk (10 Min) from the resort on Saturday then went to The Pub/Cafe/Restaurant for dinner.

A steak/chips and salad was $35.

We settled for a bread entree and a $23 pizza between us.

Beer was around $6 a stubbie and the Cheapest wine was around $28 a bottle.

The Mobil garage has a little bit of every thing. A 10 litre carton of water is $13. At Ayres rock resort it is 2, 10 litre catrons for $12.

We did the 6 km canyon rim walk the next morning. We started the climb at 5.25am and finished at 8.35am.

This is a must do. It was really good.

Went back to the resort for brekkie. Hot brekkie $26 Continental for $21.

On checkout you will be charged a 1% surcharge for using a credit card.

On the way home we stopped at Kathleen spring and did the 2.5km return walk to the water. A nice and easy walk.

Finally mates rates are great. We are residents at ayres rock resort for 2 weeks and got mates rates at the Canyon resort. instead of $248 it was only $124 for the night.

Overall a very nice weekend.

Regards BooBoo

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AnswerID: 339816   Submitted: Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 11:06

Member - Redfive replied:

Hi BooBoo

Sounds like you had fun ive camped at Kings Creek Station a few times i love it better than Ayers Rock 1 oak was our campsite under this bloody big desert oak green grass just beautiful and your right about the Rim Walk at Kings Canyon and the price of food and fuel but its a small price to pay for seeing our wonderful outback
p.s going back out there next July cant wait

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FollowupID: 607351   Submitted: Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 11:20

Member - Boo Boo (NSW) posted:

Glenn

I agree the place is great, I only mentioned the prices so that people knew what to expect.

I did forget to mention that mobiles don't work in the area and you cannot buy a newspaper.

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AnswerID: 339827   Submitted: Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 11:44

Hairy (NT) replied:

Gday BooBoo,
The difference with the fuel prices comes down to Kings Creek is a privately owned Cattle Station and Kings Canyon is part of Voyages Hotels and Resorts.
Also I think you will find the fuel at Kings Canyon is also OPAL compared to ULP at Kings Creek.

How did you like the new stone paths and steps around the canyon?
An EO member built it earlier this year.........Imagine pushing wheel barrow up those steps every day!!!!

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FollowupID: 607369   Submitted: Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 13:47

Member - Boo Boo (NSW) posted:

Hairy

We couldn't help but comment a number of times along our walk at how much work has gone into the paths and stairs.

I imagine that much of the work higher up would involve a helicopter.

The only thing that took a bit of getting use to was that some of the arrows looked as though they pointed to a cliff. It wasn't until you got right up to the sign that you could see the path on the other side. A great optical illusion.

I can just imagine the wheelbarrow going up and down those stairs at the beginning and near eden. LOL

The stone stairs going down to the carpark were interesting. My wife is afraid of heights, it was amusing at times to watch her.
Well, I thought it was funny!

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FollowupID: 607374   Submitted: Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 14:12

Hairy (NT) posted:

Gday,
I think he said they choppered the cement from the carpark to the top but then had to carry it down into the Garden of Eden.
And there wasnt enough room in the chopper for passengers once they loaded it with concrete, so they had to walk up and back each day.

Post some Photos Dusty?

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AnswerID: 339838   Submitted: Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 13:46

Member - Stephen L (SA) replied:

Hi BooBoo
We were there in again in June this year. The fuel at that time was the same price at Kings Creek Station as it was at the Mobil at Kings Canyon Garage, Diesel was $2.34 per litre. Great spot. From there we went out and did the Boggy Hole Track. I have recorded the rim walk and the creek walk for trek notes for here on EO, but time is not on my side and I have not had time to do the reports. It will get done in time though.

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FollowupID: 607371   Submitted: Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 13:51

Member - Boo Boo (NSW) posted:

Fellas

I also forgot to mention that as a result of rain they have received up here you could be forgiven if you thought you were near the coast.

It is almost like the top end in the wet season. Every thing is lush and green. Plenty of water still hanging around as well as a few waterfalls at the Canyon.

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FollowupID: 607414   Submitted: Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 19:18

equinox posted:

Boo Boo,

Here's a picture of me crossing Kings Creek on the main road a few years back. The locals reckon it takes a few days for all the water to come off the range.

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FollowupID: 607509   Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008 at 11:10

Member - Boo Boo (NSW) posted:

Jeez I' glad we didn't run into that with the nissan pulsar! LOL
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AnswerID: 339848   Submitted: Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 14:57

MAVERICK(WA) replied:

looks like you had a good time. haven't been there for a number of years (many really) but am planning to do it in 2009. did you go to haasts bluff? just wondering about camping out there. rgds
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FollowupID: 607385   Submitted: Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 15:07

Member - Boo Boo (NSW) posted:

Maverick

We didn'go anywhere else unfortunately .

Time factor and we only had a small nissan 2 wd.

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AnswerID: 339865   Submitted: Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 17:34

Rangiephil replied:

I found it hard to work out why fuel and food was much more expensive at the Kings Canyon Resort to Yulara, seeing that they are about equidistant from the Stuart Highway and run by the same operator.
Maybe they reckon that the tourists are richer in Kings.

While the backpackers in Yulara was good value and fun, I really bridled a bit at the $23 pizza seeing it was only side plate size and fed one.

When we were there in August a dingo was raiding the bins but had apparently sinned by licking the hotplate after the restaurant had closed. Next night at about 1AM someone started blazing away next to our tent with an auto rifle.
With 5 shots in quick succession it was obvious he/she missed with the first.
All in all I left with a bad "ripped off" taste in the mouth.
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AnswerID: 339872   Submitted: Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 18:36

wendys replied:

An excellent extension to the Canyon Rim walk (or a separate walk, which is how we did it), is to branch off from the "down" part of the rim walk, along the track that eventually goes to kathleen Springs, for 4 or 5 km. This goes through superb dome country, like miniature Bungles - very photogenic. We went up the down path to the track junction, then out and back the same way. Highly recommended and worth spending an extra night at Kings to do.
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AnswerID: 339899   Submitted: Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 20:25

kend88 replied:

We had a few nights at Kings Creek Station CP last year and really enjoyed it. Just a quick trip to the canyon and the resort, and from memory was a lot less expensive than the resort. Great area though whichever one you stay at.
Can't agree that it was better than Uluru/Olgas and Ayres Rock resort though.

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AnswerID: 339954   Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008 at 00:32

jezza68 replied:

We travelled through the Red Centre 2007 and it was a wonderful journey. I preferred Kings canyon to Uluru. We had the best Ceasar salad ever one lunchtime at the Kings Canyon Resort.
We did a circular trip via the West Macdonalds, Haast's Bluff etc. I thought the caravan/camping area at Yulara was the worst setup I have ever seen!! The distance to power outlets and the sloping sites for caravans/campers were awful. The shade was setup in such a way that tents were always in the sun. The town generator bellowing all night was good also. I suspect it is a deliberate attempt by the Hoteliers to discourage those of us who travel self contained.
As for fuel we filled up in Alice using our Woolies discounts using our jerrycans we had the range to complete the full circuit to Uluru return. saved about 25c/lt
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FollowupID: 607539   Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008 at 16:54

kend88 posted:

Would't like to see everyone discouraged from staying near Uluru.
I assume Jezza68 is referring to the Ayres Rock Resort caravan park.
We stayed there last year and found it fine. Probably a bit expensive but there are not too many alternatives unless you want to travel in from Curtin Springs each day.
We may have been lucky, but our powered site was fine, as were those all around us. From memory the camping/tent area was quite a distance from the caravan etc. area so we didn't see much of that side of it.
Not much else to see other than Uluru and the Olgas, but a must go/see destination. Four days there is probably plenty. Don't forget your fly net hat though.

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AnswerID: 340073   Submitted: Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008 at 09:31

mintabiegeoff replied:

Each time I have visited Ayers Rock we have camped just outside the park.

As you drive into Yulara there are a couple of tracks off to the left. These lead to old road construction campsites. They are good bush camps, sheltered by thick Mulga trees.

At one of them you can walk up a small sand dune and get a very different view of the Rock in the morning light.

Geoff

PS. I have just read that the Mereenie Loop is supposed to re open today
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http://www.centralianadvocate.com.au/article/2008/12/16/3377_news.html
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