Watarrka National Park is best known as the home of Kings Canyon, a mighty chasm cleaving the earth to a depth of 270 metres. Watarrka is an important conservation area with rock holes and gorges providing refuge for over 600 species of plants and many native animals. The sheer red rock face of Kings Canyon soars over 100 metres above dense forests of palms, ferns and cycads, sheltering them from the surrounding desert conditions. A moderately challenging six-kilometre walk takes in magnificent views of the Canyon rim, the weathered, buttressed domes of 'the Lost City' and the 'Garden of Eden' - a sheltered valley with permanent waterholes and lush vegetation.
You will be picked up from your accommodation and taken in a luxury coach to the Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park for a full day's guided sightseeing tour.
Drive through sandhill country towards Kings Canyon, stopping for breakfast at Kings Creek Station along the way.
Continue on to Watarrka National Park where you can make the rocky climb with your guide to the rim of Kings Canyon and be rewarded with marvellous views. The climb may take up to 3 hours and is for those with a good level of fitness.
Alternatively, you may wish to explore the boulder-strewn canyon floor, an easier walk.
After lunch (own expense) make your way back to Ayers Rock.
At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your accommodation in Ayers Rock Resort.
I took this trip with my girlfriend and we both had a great time. She opted for the valley walk and I did the rim. It was great. The coach driver and other guide were... MR I Bennett
The trip was very interesting and exciting. Kings Canyon is superb. The only improvement would be to substitute the break in the afternoon in the cattle station near Mt. Connor... Maria Silini
Start time: 0500h (05:00am)
Duration: 12½ hours
Your accommodation in Ayers Rock Resort. (Please advise your accommodation at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)
Your accommodation in Ayers Rock Resort
Sturdy, comfortable footwear is essential. Remember to pack a small bag with lunch, wear a hat, sunscreen, take a bottle of water, and a camera.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to reconfirm departure details.
The climb in Kings Canyon may take up to 3 hours and is for those with a good level of fitness.
There should be minimum two people for guaranteed departure.
During the hotter months of the year where temperatures can reach and exceed 36°C or 97°F, the Watarrka National Park Rangers strongly advise that visitors do not take part in the Kings Canyon Rim Climb. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of our clients we offer a guided walk along the Kings Canyon creek-bed as a suitable alternative on such days.
Fuel levies may be introduced when required. Should this occur, charges will be payable direct and subject to change without notice.
Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
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