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Kings Canyon / Watarrka National Park
Kings Canyon is one of Watarrka National Park most famous features, with its ancient sandstone walls, that rises 100 metres up into a plateau of rocky domes.

The Garden of Eden - Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

These towering vertical walls provide shelter to pockets of lush vegetation, amidst a harsh arid desert landscape that surrounds the park.

There are two walking tracks at the Canyon, offering visitors a way to experience first-hand the beauty of the Australian bush. There is also a walking track at Kathleen Springs, recommended for families and visitors with limited mobility.

Check out the government Watarrka National Park (Natural Resources, Environment and the Arts) site for information and downloadable documents.

Source: Parks and Wildlife Service of the Northern Territory - Watarrka National Park


Top 5 Things To Do When Visiting Kings Canyon

For those doing their own tour or using one of the tour groups that visit Kings Canyon, following are 5 suggested activities:

  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
    — Early morning is the best time to do the walk, especially in the hotter months. As you walk across the top of the Canyon, you will get breathtaking views.
  • Scenic Helicopter Tour
    — To fully appreciate the true scale and grandeur of the canyon, a short or longer helicopter flight is a must do.
  • Sounds of Firelight
    — A unique dining experience by firelight, exclusive to the Kings Canyon Resort. Limited numbers and seasonal - April to October.
  • Quad Biking Adventure Tour - Kings Creek Station
    — For the young and adventurous, a great way to view the rugged outback, enjoying the spectacular scenery of wild bushland and red sand dunes.
  • Camel Rides - Kings Creek Station
    — A unique experience riding on top of the camels, as you travel through scenery of desert oaks, unique Australian bush and bird-life.
Drinking water is a key consideration and walkers are advised to carry at least 1 litre of water per hour per adult during summer (the Rim Walk takes approximately 3 to 4 hours). If you are planning extended walks during the warmer periods, then more water is required.

For those planning to do the Rim Walk during the warmer and summer period (October - March), it is strongly advised to commence the walk as early as possible ie 5 am. Temperatures during summer can exceed 40 Degrees Celsius (104 Degrees Fahrenheit).
For additional information contact the visitor centres at:

Information Centre

Central Australian Visitor Information Centre

Tourism Top End - Darwin

GPS (Kings Canyon): S 24º 15.21’ E 131º 34.12’

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