Canyon of the Kings indeed
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We woke early to get to the Canyon car park for about 545am. There isn't really a viewing area for the sunrise so we scoffed down some museli, got our walking shoes on and hit the 6km Kings Canyon rim walk. The walk started with a bit of a trek up a steep incline, took a bit of huffing and puffing but once at the top, we got a fabulous view across the valley.
The rim walk conitued around the top of the canyon and the views just kept getting better. The terrain was rocky but easy underfoot and as the sun came up, light flooded into the orange rock valley and the colours transformed before our eyes. Even though it was early, the heat and flies were already on to us so lots of water must be carried!!
We got to the first proper viewpoint, the Cotterill bridge, that gave super views across the canyon and surrounding area.
A steep staircase built onto the side of the canyon wall took us down into the valley and along the creek, to the Garden of Eden, a little oasis of greenery and water, not quite what we expected to find in the heat of this place. A climb back up another steep staircase took us back up to the canyon top and along to view the sheer walls of this side of the canyon. The path continued until we descended back to the car park.
An absolutely amazing walk, thirsty work and we are so so glad we started the walk nice and early at 6am. The heat was incredible when we got back to the campervan at 9am.