Heavy rainfall across Central Australia has changed the normally red earth landscape of Kings Canyon into an explosion of vivid colours, turning the arid desert into a carpet of lush greens, pinks, purples and yellows.
At the beautiful Watarrka National Park, home to the soaring sandstone walls of Kings Canyon, new growth can be seen in bright yellow honey grevillea, deep red Sturt’s peas and tiny bluebells and purple parakeelyas.
An abundance of birds, including the strikingly colourful turquoise-coloured Rainbow Bee-eaters and hawks, are also flocking to the region in their droves taking advantage of all this new growth,.
Kings Canyon Resort General Manager Michael Sulser said: “This explosion of colour is truly magnificent. The Canyon region hasn’t been seen looking as lush or green for over 40 years. It’s a riot of colour out there, and it’s attracting birds, animals and reptiles to the delight of tourists and photographers alike.”
Located in the Australian Outback, between Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kings Canyon Resort is the perfect starting point from which to hike the three-hour Kings Canyon rim walk, with its ‘Lost City’ of rock domes, dramatic 270m sandstone vertical gorges and Garden of Eden oasis.
Far from being a dry, desert landscape, the Canyon’s sandstone walls provide welcome shelter for desert creatures, palms and lush ferns. Tracks and bush walks are dotted in and around the Canyon, offering keen bush walkers a real taste of adventure in the Outback.
The Kings Canyon Resort is located in the Watarrka National Park, just 9km from the majestic Kings Canyon. With a range of accommodation, from camping to Deluxe Spa Rooms, Kings Canyon Resort offers an unspoilt wilderness experience combined with relaxed outback hospitality. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool after a day’s Canyon hike, followed by a romantic gourmet dinner at the outdoor dining experience - Under a Desert Moon. www.kingscanyonresort.com.au
Kings Canyon Resort is owned by Delaware North Australia Parks & Resorts, owners Australian wilderness resorts Heron Island, El Questro Wilderness Park and Homestead, Lizard Island and Wilson Island.
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