Kings Canyon / Kata Tjuta (26.07.2012): We awoke at 7am and after a quick morning tea we headed back to the canyon embarking on the 6km rim walk/climb (estimated to take 3.5 - 4 hours). There's a health warning before partaking in the walk - not for the faint hearted. The start of the walk is a very steep climb up the canyon - exhausting! It was definitely worth the exertion when we reached the top. We followed the walk around the rim of the canyon. The walk was very rocky and all ups and downs - the views were stunning.
We made it back from the walk by 11:15 and after a wee snack started our 300km journey to Uluru. We thought we could see Ayers Rock on the way but it was Mount Conner - it sure fooled us. On nearing the real Ayers Rock we chose to bypass it for now and continued 50 km to Kata Tjuta (formely the Olgas). Kata Tjuta means 'many heads' i.e. many big rocks. The site is very impressive standing taller than Ayers Rock and certainly deserving more space in the guidebooks. We completed the 'Valley of the Winds' walk, a 7.4 km walk with two lookouts before heading to Ayers Rock Resort Campground - our home for 2 nights. Very tired legs today!