Up and packed early to drive the Mereenie Loop Road around to Kings Canyon. We were told by another camper that it took them 7 hours to do this 204km drive yesterday as the roads were so bad. We left expecting the worse, but I should have realised to take this latest piece of information with a certain amount of scepticism as he also told me he had seen a wedge tail eagle that was easily bigger than his kids. Those children were both taller than Sam. Wedgies can get big but not that big. His kids were just as annoying, they had been travelling for a whole week and a half and they were trying to compete with our boys in how many animals they had seen.
The road was fine! I sat on between 80 and 100kph for most of the drive and we were in Kings Canyon and set up camp by lunchtime. This was quite a relief as a week or so earlier this road was closed, and the week before we had heard reports of people doing a fair amount of damage, including broken axels. Once again, our timing was perfect.
We set up camp and then the boys and I did the 2.6km Kings Creek Walk while Tom had a rest. He was feeling much better but decided to make sure he was well enough to do the big Kings Canyon Rim walk tomorrow. The creek walk meanders along Kings Creek through the canyon and ends at a viewing platform about halfway up the gorge.
There are stunning views of the massive sheer red canyon walls on both sides. The walls are over 270 metres, that is the same height as the Eureka Tower. I cannot wait until we see the views from the top on the walk tomorrow.