Depart Alice Springs 8am.
Morning Tea Erlunder: 9:50-10:15am; 190km.
Lunch Kathleen Springs: 12:50pm; 253km
Kathleen Springs is located about 20km from the Kings Canyon Resort. There is an easy walk 2.4km to the spring fed waterhole at the end of Kathleen Gorge. Being one of only a few permanent water sources in the area, it was well used by cattle farmers. There are signs along the walk with information about the European and aboriginal history in the area.
After our walk we drove on to our accomodation at Kings Canyon Resort. We chose to stay in a family room at the backpackers, sharing the shower block with the campground. To stay in the motel area would have been too costly as we couldn't all fit in one room. As it was we all shared a reasonable room but the shower and toilet block was not very clean when we got there so most of us decided to avoid the shower as much as possible. Luckily we would only be staying two nights. After settling in we went for another easy walk down Kings Creek.
From the end we got our first glimpse of the red cliffs.
Close to sunset a large proportion of the guests start to gather on the sunset viewing platform to enjoy the view. Many took some sunset drinks, or you could purchase at the small bar but we just enjoyed the changing colours of the cliffs as the sun dropped behind the horizon.