The Head Of The Gorge Kings Canyon The Canyon Walls Rise Above The Valley Of Kin ...
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Description: The head of the gorge Kings Canyon The Canyon walls rise above the valley of Kings Creek ( named by Ernest Giles in 1872 ) and are particularly spectacular at sunrise and sunset The canyon abounds in water holes of great beauty and a bewildering array of fauna and flora The recent scientific expeditions into the National Park have revealed over 600 different species of native plant This abundance of fauna is due largely to the location of Kings Canyon which combines areas of the western desert with the more varied flora of the MacDonnell Ranges and the harsh vegetation of the Simpson Desert The second walk is known as the Canyon Walk It has been intentionally designed to deter all but the most committed walkers as the first 300 400 metres are straight up a steep incline at the edge of the canyon At the base of the walk is a plaque to a 47 year old English woman who , obviously unprepared for the rigours of the walk , died from a heart attack while attempting it It is a salutary reminder that all Central Australian walks are deceptive and that the constant reminders to Be prepared are ignored at your peril The rangers constant harping on sensible walking shoes , hats , sunburn lotion , water and the need to stay in a group is justified The result , however , for those who are persistent and healthy , is a magnificent walk through the domes on the top of the canyon with excellent views down the canyon from the walls at the top The Parks people have estimated that this walk will take around 4 hours ( thats at a leisurely but sensible pace ) Northern Territory , Australia , Oceania , Australasia
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