Australia

4 amazing walks in the Australian outback

April 18, 2017

During my 6-day tour with Groovy Grape we did four walks in different national parks in South Australia and Northern Territory. I can’t really say which of the walks was my favourite because they all were pretty amazing, and they ended up being one of the best experiences I’ve had during my two years in Australia.

Alligator Gorge

The walk in Alligator Gorge was the shortest of the four, and we did it on the first day of the tour. The walk itself takes about 1.5 hours and it was a nice introduction to the other more strenuous walks we did.

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Uluru base walk

Walking around Uluru is the best way to appreciate the beauty and the cultural and historical value of the rock. This walk was the longest (10.6 km) of the four different ones we did but the even surface makes it the easiest of them all. For me this was very meditative walk and a great way to let my mind wander on different things. A short part of Uluru base walk is called Mala walk, and during this walk you can learn about the Mala people who were the ancestral of Anangu, the indigenous people in the region and hear about the stories and beliefs they had.

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The Valley of the Winds

Personally I didn’t have any expectations for this walk, which made it the most surprising of them all. This 3-hour long, a bit demanding walk takes you through breathtaking views of red cliffs and green valleys. As the name suggests, it gets really windy at some locations and especially during the summer months the heat can be very exhausting.

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King’s Canyon

The last but definitely not the least of the four walks, perhaps my favourite, was King’s Canyon. The 6 km long Rim walk starts with a very steep climb to the top of the Heart Attack Hill. The views from the top are amazing, especially if you do the climb during the sunrise and you’ll see the sun rising behind the red cliffs. The scenery at King’s Canyon is spectacular, you are surrounded by red sandstone cliffs and you can almost imagine being on Mars.

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All in all, I had super amazing time on this tour and I can definitely recommend it to everyone. I bet that the 2- or 3-day long trips to Uluru are good but if you just have the time (and a bit more money), do a longer tour and see and experience so much more!

  • Reply
    Mark
    April 18, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Once again, an amazing way to describe something so beautiful and significant! I really love how you express tye feelings you have while you are experiencing these activities and such which you write about in your blog. Such a pleasure to read, and I always look forward to the next one 👍😎

    • Reply
      Sandra
      May 6, 2017 at 1:51 am

      Thank you for being so supportive! 🙂

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