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Trip Report Uluru the Outback Tour Day 3 - Travel Report

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Wayoutback 3-day tour in Australia Day 3: Watarrka, Kings Canyon (Amphitheatre, Lost City, tranquil Garden of Eden)

For photos and details for the tour and Kings Canyon @

Watarrka National Park is located in the Northern Territory, Australia, and it’s in between Uluru and Alice Springs on our way back in the last day of our Wayoutback tour. It’s a magnificent geological formation and in the sense of hiking, it’s the most impressive in my opinion. For 3.5 hours, we enjoyed the breathtaking view and a geology lesson about how the wondrous mother nature.

The most visited place in the Watarrka National Park is the Kings Canyon. We started our day early while the moon was out, and it was a pleasant day with sunny weather and mild temperature. The park is the meeting place of desert and ranges. There are bushes and hiding places that provide the wildlife food and shelter. The native people also get their materials for making tools, clothes, and housing.

At one point we were walking on the rocks that had interesting ripples on the surface. These marks are evidence that suggested the existence of a shallow lake in Watarrka millions of years ago. As the rocks were sand dunes and lake water, swept by the wind, left the ripple marks on its bottom surface. Then the climate was dry but rivers still flowed and lakes dotted the landscape… and I was talking about a million year process in the last few sentences.

After walking on the top of the cliff we began to descend into one of the cracks and headed to a “secret garden”. Of course, it’s not much a secret anymore but it is a haven for wildlife as trees were thriving with a pool of “Evian” in this tranquil and peaceful area of the canyon. Water is life. Especially in the desert, waterholes such as the Garden of Eden have always been an important source of life for plants, animal, and people. I was told people were once allowed to swim in there but it’s now forbidden as a measure to protect the purity of the water source. Because you know… makeup, sunscreen, lotion… would tremendously contaminate the precious water.

After all, I had a great time and I appreciate the tour guide shared with us his knowledge about the environment and people in the area. He was a carpenter and then he wanted to be a tour guide. It was not easy to be a tour guide – more than a guide, but also a driver, teacher, cook, and doctor. It’s important to pack smart in the middle of nowhere!

We left our giant luggage at the hotel in Alice Springs as it is requested to bring less due to limited space of the bus. Apart from cash, passport, and change of clothes, we should pack lightly and effectively for three days in the wild. Some suggestions for the things to bring @