Kings Canyon & Outback Panoramas (ends at Alice Springs)
Welcome to Kings Canyon
You’ll get a sense of the remoteness of outback Australia as you travel to Kings Creek Station. Watch as the local wildlife wakes for the day – dromedary camels, kangaroos, brumbies and dingoes.
Kings Creek Station
This cattle and camel station covers 1,800 square kilometres. Relax in the café where you’ll be treated to a cooked breakfast. Their coffee is said to be the best in the Territory!
Included Meals: Breakfast
Located in the heart of Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon lies in an ancient Australian landscape that is sacred ground for the Ulpanyali and Lilla people.
Canyon Rim or Creek Bed Walk
In Kings Canyon make the rocky climb with your guide to the rim of the canyon to be rewarded with marvellous views over Watarrka National Park. The climb may take up to three hours and is for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively explore the boulder-strewn creek bed - an easier shady walk following the trail between the two sheer walls of the canyon.
Rim Walk & The Garden of Eden
The six kilometre Rim Walk is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Climb up a 100 metre cliff face and walk around the rim of the canyon. Marvel at impressive views of sandstone walls, grottos, chasms and cliffs.
Deep down between sandstone cliffs, is the Garden of Eden – a true oasis. Here is a natural spring waterhole surrounded by local and exotic plants and trees such as gums, bonsai looking trees and enormous prehistoric ferns, creating a truly unique landscape.
Creek Bed Walk
The Creek Bed Walk is ideal if you’re interested in something more relaxing. After leisurely taking in the sights, set off on a two kilometre stroll along the creek bed, that leads to views of the impressive canyon rim.
You will need to bring your own water bottles, which altogether are able to hold a minimum capacity of 3 litres per person (these can be filled with water on board the coach). We highly recommended that you have sturdy walking shoes, comfortable protective clothing, a hat and sunscreen as well.
Kings Canyon Resort
Now we’re off to Kings Canyon Resort – an oasis in the outback! Treat yourself to lunch (own expense). To see Kings Canyon from above, take an optional scenic helicopter flight (creek bed walkers only), or bring your swimmers if you’d like to take a dip in the resort’s pool.
This tour departs from Uluru and returns to Alice Springs. For departures returning to Uluru please visit the Uluru return option for this tour.
Full Day Tour
Approx. 15 hours
Daily 4.00am (Oct-Mar)
and 4.45am (Apr–Sep)
from Ayers Rock Resort
and 7.30pm (Apr-Sep) in Alice Springs
(times are approximate)
If you wish to return to Uluru, please visit the Uluru return option for this tour.
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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- Cooked breakfast (1)
- Experienced Driver and Guide
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
What to bring
- Sturdy and comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and protective clothing
- Water bottle to hold 3 litres
- Jacket in cooler months
- Good level of fitness required for three hour walk around the canyon’s rim.
- Or, low to moderate level of fitness required for the canyon floor walk.
|4.00am||Depart Ayers Rock|
|7.00am||Kings Creek Station (breakfast)|
|11.30am||Kings Canyon Resort|
Return to Alice Springs (Y20)
Free hotel pick-ups
Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.
Pick-up times vary throughout the year due to weather conditions.
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Kings Canyon is considered an important conservation area with rock holes and gorges providing refuge for over 600 species of plants and many native animals.
Cycads, common on the canyon floor, were highly spread out in Mesozoic era with known contribution to the vegetation of Jurassic and Triassic ages 120 to 200 million years ago.