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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - Central Australia
One of Central Australia's internationally renowned attractions is located in Watarrka National Park. Known as Kings Canyon, this mighty chasm with its ancient sandstone walls, rises up 100 metres onto a plateau of rocky buttressed domes known as 'The Lost City'. Set against an arid desert landscape, the towering vertical walls of Kings Canyon protects its heart, filled with lush vegetation and the permanent waterhole of the 'Garden of Eden'.

This important conservation area, encompasses scenic landscape of rugged ranges, towering rock walls, rockholes and gorges. Throughout this rugged landscape there are crevices and pockets offering shelter, filled with palms and other local plants, enabling the native flora and fauna to survive the harsh arid desert landscape that surrounds the park.

Watarrka National Park encompasses the western end of the George Gill Range and by road, is approximately 310 km to the north east of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and 470 km to Alice Springs.

Access
Located southwest of Alice Springs, the park can be reached via a number of routes:

•via the Stuart Highway, Lasseter Highway and Luritja Road (all are sealed roads).

•via the Stuart Highway, Ernest Giles Road (4WD essential) and Luritja Road.

•via Larapinta Drive through the West MacDonnell National Park. A Mereenie Loop pass is required to travel this route and is available from the Alice Springs Tourism Information Centre, Glen Helen Resort and Kings Canyon Resort.

The last route being incorporated in the 'Red Centre Way' as a unique way to experience Central Australia.

Accessible all year round, the park is popular in the cooler months of April to September. Whilst overnight camping in tents or campervans is not permitted in the national park, there are commercial motel, resort and camping accommodation options available at Watarrka Kings Canyon Resort, Kings Creek Station and the Wilderness Lodge.

This spectacular region has occupied the hearts and minds of the traditional 'Luritja' custodians, whose home it has been for more than 20,000 years. Little was known of the area, until the first European explorer, Ernest Giles explored the area in 1872.

Watarrka National Park / Kings Canyon - Snapshots from Australia

Sunrise over Kings Canyon. View up to the Rim of Kings Canyon from the Kings Creek Walk Lookout. Kings Creek River crossing entering Kings Canyon. Kings Canyon Rim Walk.
Aerial views over Watarrka National Park and Kings Canyon. The beautiful Garden of Eden in Kings Canyon. A great way to view the Watarrka National Park is from the air. Recent rains saw the rivers and creek start to fill and flow across Watarrka National Park.
Carmichael Crag located at the end of George Gill Range is a sacred women's site of the local Luritja People. Carmichael Crag along with these hills represent the dingo mother with her pups Centralian Tree Frog at Kings Canyon. Dingo on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk.
Holly Grevillea at Kings Canyon. Native Bush Coachroach at Kings Canyon. Ring-tailed Dragon at Kings Canyon. Perentie at Kings Canyon Resort
Zebra Finch nest in the spinifex grass Skink at Kings Canyon. Painted Finch drinking at a pool of water in Kings Canyon. Dingo on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk.
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