Kings Canyon (Watarrka)
Kings Canyon (Watarrka) with Mulgas Adventures
Kings Canyon is a huge 270m high sandstone canyon in the Wattarka National Park, about 450km from Alice Springs. The Canyon Rim walk through this rugged landscape passes the lush Garden of Eden and offers spectacular far-reaching views from the top.
The Wattarka National Park is an important conservation area, protecting the gorges’ plants and animals as well as providing visitors with access to trails and lookouts.
Kings Canyon is a huge 270m high sandstone canyon in the Wattarka National Park, about 450km from Alice Springs.
IS Kings Canyon worth it?
Kings Canyon Resort is 7 km away from the main carpark entrance to the Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Watarrka National Park.
There are 2 walks at Kings Canyon, our groups typically enjoy the longer of these.
(1) A 7-km clockwise circuit, called the Kings Canyon Rim Walk, traces the cliff tops of the canyon and takes 3 to 5 hours to complete. Near the start of the walk, there is a steep climb which the locals call “Heartbreak Hill” or “Heart Attack Hill”. It takes you up to the cliff top, with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and the gorge below. Afterwards, one goes through a maze of weathered sandstone domes, reminiscent of the Bungle Bungle in Western Australia. Along the walk, one can detour to Garden of Eden, a permanent waterhole surrounded by lush plant life.
discover a prehistoric pocket of flora right in the middle of the desert
(2) A 2-km return walk along the Kings Creek Walk takes you through the bottom of the gorge. At the end of the walk is a platform, with views of the canyon walls above.
The hike starts with a 500 step climb to the top of the rim. this is the most energy you will need on the walk, and you are rewarded with spectacular and very distant views from the top. A real birds-eye view of the remote Australian Outback, and truly an Outback Adventure of a Lifetime.
The Rim Walk can be achieved by people with an average fitness level, particularly if you are taking that first hill at a reasonable pace, perhaps even with short rest stops.
Extreme Temperatures require responsible planning for hikers. You need to be prepared with enough water to stay safe. Also see advice about flies and other insects.
Our Tours to Kings Canyon
Our 3-day and 4-day tours allow for time to take a swim back at camp for lunch, or even a lay in the sun at your leisure. You can also take an optional helicopter flight, depending on your budget.