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Things To Do in Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon is one of Australia’s most iconic sites and a must for any trip to Central Australia. At some points, the canyon ascends more than 100 metres in walls of sheer red rock, and it is a majestic thing to see from both the upper rim and Kings Creek below. But there is also much to see and do in the vicinity of Kings Canyon. Here are some highlights. 

 

Watarrka National Park

Hikes and Walks

Kings Creek Walk

If you’re looking for an entry-level Kings Canyon walk that takes you into the canyon, this is it. The Kings Creek Walk is a 2.6km walk along Kings Creek that takes you onto the floor of the canyon where you can marvel at its immensity. 

South Wall Return Walk

The next level up in difficulty puts you on the South Wall Return Walk, a 4.8km hike. It has a slightly steep beginning to get you to the top of the Canyon before presenting beautiful views over the landscape. To finish this walk you return the same way you came up. 

Watarrka NP sign

Watarrka National Park entry sign

Watarrka information shelter

Watarrka National Park Information Shelter

Kings Canyon Creek Walk

Stairs climb up to Kings Canyon Rim

Kings Canyon Rim Walk stairs 2

Domes atop Kings Canyon Rim

Kings Canyon Rim Walk

The Rim Walk is a more demanding 6km trail. The walk starts with a steep ascent of approximately 500 steps to the rim of the canyon. But your effort is worth it because the views from the top are unmatched. 

Giles Track 

If you are looking for some proper Kings Canyon hiking, the Giles Track is a 22km trail from the canyon to Kathleen Springs. While the terrain is moderate, it can be a very demanding walk in hot weather, so it’s best to spread it over two days, resting during the hottest hours of the day.  

Kathleen Springs Walk

This is a 2.6km easy-going walk to a waterhole that leads into a gorge. The walk has wheelchair access and is suitable for families. The waterhole is a sacred site and no swimming is allowed.

Kings Canyon Resort and hike

Guided Ranger Walks

It is possible to go along with a ranger on some tracks in Watarrka National Park, particularly the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. A ranger can add another dimension to your experience, explaining the cultural significance of specific sites and their ancient history. 

 

Sunset Viewing Platform

The Sunset Viewing Platform is located at Kings Canyon Resort. From here you can watch the sun descend below Carmichael’s Crag and you will see the sandstone of the George Gill Range transform through stunning hues of red and purple before the stars come out.

Kings Canyon Sunset Viewing Area

Sunset Viewing Area

Helicopter Tours & Scenic Flights

Several Kings Canyon helicopter operators offer scenic flights that allow you to see the magnificent landscape from the air. You can get helicopter flights from Uluru to Kings Canyon, as well, if you want a more expansive experience. 

Kings Canyon PHS girl

Kings Canyon from Helicopter - PHS

Aboriginal History and Culture

If you want an authentic experience of the traditional culture of the Kings Canyon region you can take part in a Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience. This is a one-hour tour involving a short walk, teaching you about the food, medicine, and art of the land’s traditional owners, the Lurit­ja and Per­tame people.

Karrke Cultural Tour symbols

Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience

Kings Canyon ATV Hire 

If you want to do things a bit differently, you can hire ATV buggies from Kings Creek Station. Kings Creek Station is located 36km away from Kings Canyon. It also provides excellent dining and accommodation options, making it a great basecamp for your visit to the canyon. 

Kings Creek Station - Buggy Tour

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