Kings Canyon

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Embrace the rugged natural beauty of the red centre at Kings Canyon, located within Watarrka National Park, 450KM southwest of Alice Springs. The park stretches across 71,000 hectares and has been the home of the Luritja Aboriginal people for over 20,000 years. It boasts a scenic landscape of red rock cliffs, soaring ranges, rock holes, gorges, endless desert views, and over 600 species of native animals and plants.

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Within Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon features striking 100-metre tall sandstone walls, rising from an oasis of greenery below. Keen walkers can embark on the 6KM Kings Canyon Rim Walk around the edge of the canyon. Although it takes around four hours to complete, it’s worth the hike for the spectacular views deep into the sandstone chasm.

For a shorter walk, try the Kings Creek Walk around the base of the chasm. Meander through a jungle of eucalyptus and ferns to reach a platform offering dramatic views of the sheer canyon walls above.

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Within the canyon, discover the exotic Garden of Eden, a refreshing waterhole surrounded by lush cycads and other plant life. Explore the Lost City, a unique compilation of rock formations, carved out over many years by wind and water erosion.

Enjoy a self-guided visit to Kings Canyon, or choose a guided walk with an Aboriginal elder to hear about the culture, history, geography, and significance of the area to the traditional owners.

If you’d prefer not to explore Kings Canyon on foot, choose a scenic helicopter flight for an impressive bird’s eye view.