Days on the Road 9

Up and away, off to Kings Canyon. Sad to leave the hallowed Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Running on bitumen made it faster and safer (though we had kept a steady 90 – 100 kms on the Great Central gravel) we zipped along the Lasseter Highway to Curtin Springs Station – really a Roadhouse. We stopped to have a look. I noticed that the misogynist and redneck posters had thankfully disappeared and there was a more friendly atmosphere there. We drove a few more kms up the highway to the lookout for Mt. Connor lookout (I'm cheating by using one of my photo's from 2014 as I didn't see the need to take another shot):

Mt. Connor is said to be different in formation from both Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Great prehistoric geological reserves to learn from. Uluru is a sandstone monolith, while Kata Tjuta (many heads) consists of 36 domed rock formations or bornhardts which are a conglomerate of granite and basalt rocks cemented together in a sandstone glue. Mt. Connor is a horseshoe shaped inselberg mesa consisting of sandstone, siltstone and mudstone.

We set off again, making a turn onto Luritja Road. We stopped for lunch at a bush campsite. Later we passed by Kings Creek Station. We made a stop at Kathleen Springs:

Kathleen Springs is a significant indigenous site, and was also used by pastoralists to water and round up stock. It is a beautiful and peaceful place to spend time. On the way back to the cars Lyn managed to take a photo of this lone dingo:

We then moved on to the campground at Kings Canyon (where dingoes were coming and going over the short time we stayed).

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