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Friday, March 02, 2012

Australia 2011 - Day 6, Part 3 - Kings Canyon: The Garden of Eden

"You get fifteen democrats in a room, and you get twenty opinions." - Senator Patrick Leahy

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Australia 2011
Day 6 - 3rd August - Kings Canyon: The Garden of Eden
(Part 3)

There was a short detour to a place imaginatively called "The Garden of Eden", which we decided to check out especially on the recommendation of a group on the way out. Uncharacteristically, I decided it was rather aptly-named. The lack of flies, compared to above, didn't hurt.

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The Garden of Eden

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About The Garden of Eden and its wildlife

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2 birds flew by in an erratic path in unison while making a noise. Perhaps it was a courtship flight.


Garden of Eden

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Creek

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Tree

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Garden of Eden Watering Hole

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She was going, not coming.

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Folks scared of going in

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They manage to make it sound very dangerous

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Cliff and water


Me being lame (see: Me being lame at Chopin's grave)

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"Anti Dolphin League"
I liked this Australian guy's T-shirt. He said the first time he'd worn it had been at "Byron Bay" on the Gold Coast, and there'd been a ruckus.

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Garden of Eden from above

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Rock Domes and Kuninga Men

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Group ahead of us. They were shouting in the direction of the other canyon wall to hear the echoes

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A Patchwork of Colour


Canyon wall panorama from the other side

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Mammals of the Plateau

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Survivors from a wetter time - plants from when the dinosaurs were around

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Fern

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Rock layers

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Tree and landscape

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Kestrel Falls

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View before going down. The white you see on the other side is bird shit.

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People going down before us

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Postcards from the past

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Kings Canyon and the Luritja people

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By camel and coach

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The Diverse Landscapes around Kings Canyon

We finished at 12:05pm, which meant we took 3.5 hours - a bit longer than we had expected. I suppose the estimated time to do the walk didn't include both detours (Cotterill's Lookout and the Garden of Eden).

Whereas my favourite form of exercise is climbing cathedral bell towers, my second favourite is hiking in temperate countries outside of summer. Unfortunately Singapore doesn't afford any opportunities to do either.
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