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Pick up from Ayers Rock hotels
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See the astonishing rugged landscape of Australia’s Red Centre during the drive from Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Canyon. On your way, eat a scrumptious cooked breakfast at a cattle station and take in the unique flora and fauna of the region.
An hour’s drive northeast of Uluru, the lesser-known but equally stunning landscape of Kings Canyon was formed as a result of small cracks that eroded over millions of years. It is home to more than 600 species of animals and plants.
At Kings Canyon, you can choose between two walking trails as per your fitness level. The challenging 6km rim walk will take you to the summit of the Kings Canyon from where you can savour spectacular panoramic views of the gorge and the desert plain.
On the other hand, the leisurely 2km creek bed walk will take you into the Canyon from where you will enjoy stunning views of the Canyon rim.
Depart from your Ayers Rock Resort hotel to Kings Canyon in an air-conditioned coach. Your coach will drive past the rugged, desert scenery of the outback where you might spot camels, kangaroos, brumbies and dingoes.
Your coach will halt for breakfast at the Kings Creek Station, a camel and cattle station set amid majestic desert oaks.
After breakfast you will head to Kings Canyon, located in the heart of the Watarrka National Park. The Kings Canyon consists of a gigantic gorge with red sandstone walls rising over 100 metres to a plateau of rocky domes and other sandstone formations.
Next, get ready for a rocky climb with your guide to the rim of the canyon from where you will enjoy spectacular views of the national park. There are two main walking trails that travellers can take depending on their fitness levels – the easy, Creek Bed Walk and the challenging but more rewarding, Rim Walk & The Garden of Eden. The major highlights of the two walks are as follows:
Creek Bed Walk: This 2km walk takes you directly into the Canyon along the rocky creek bed. The walk leads to a raised platform which offers lovely views of the canyon rim.
Rim Walk & The Garden of Eden: This 6km walk skirts the edge of the Kings Canyon. After climbing up a 100-metre cliff face, you will reach the summit from where you will see breathtaking panoramic views of Watarrka National Park. On the way to the top, you will come across marvellous sights of sandstone walls, grottos, chasms and cliffs. One of the main highlights of the walk is the weathered sandstone domes known as The Lost City. While making your downward journey, you will walk past The Garden of Eden, where the barren and rugged desert plain is softened by patches of lush greenery. The rim walk may take up to 3 hours.
After the walk, head to the Kings Canyon Resort for lunch (not included in the tour price) or you may choose to take a dip in the resort’s pool.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm all departure details.
During the hotter months of the year (October to March), National Park Rangers may advise visitors not to partake in the Kings Canyon rim climb. A guided walk along the Kings Canyon creek bed will be offered as an alternative.
A minimum of 3 litres of water is required to undertake the Kings Canyon Rim Climb.
A minimum of 1 Litre of water is required for the bed walk
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.
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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