One of Central Australia's internationally renowned
attractions is located in
Watarrka National Park.
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
Located southwest of Alice Springs, the park can be reached via a number of
•via the Stuart Highway, Lasseter Highway and Luritja Road (all are
•via the Stuart Highway, Ernest Giles Road (4WD essential) and Luritja
•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
The last route being incorporated in the 'Red Centre Way' as a unique way to
experience Central Australia.
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,
Station and the
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.