Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park is regarded as one of the most spectacular sights in central Australia. Hiking is the only way to see or experience the canyon as there are no roads along the rim or drives into the canyon itself. Due to the heat, we chose to do a couple of inner-canyon hikes to see the sights. The trails took us along dry stream beds as we walked into the gorge.
Cultural experiences have become very important to us. After all, these landscapes were inhabited by aboriginal people for 10’s of thousands of years before a white person saw them. They formed a complex culture with lore which regulated human behavior and connected people with the land and with each other.
We spent part of an afternoon at Karrke, an Aboriginal Cultural Experience and Tour. Our guide Christine, and her partner Peter, have built this small business as a means of supporting their aboriginal community of 20 people.
They told us about the culture and lore of their people, the Luritja and Pertame, and about bush medicines, bush tucker (food), art work, tool making, and much more.