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One of the key features in Watarrka National Park is the mighty chasm of Kings Canyon. Visitors are treated to the spectacular sight of ancient sandstone walls, rising up 100 metres to a plateau of rocky buttressed domes known as 'The Lost City'. Nestled in the heart of Kings Canyon and protected by the towering vertical walls is lush vegetation, and the delightful 'Garden of Eden' with its permanent waterhole. The national park is also rich in native flora and fauna.

Part of the George Gill Range, at the north-west point, is Carmichael Crag1. A sacred site for the local Aboriginal 'Luritja' People, Carmichael Crag, together with the association hills are woven into the dreamtime story of a mother dingo with her pups.

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

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 - Flora Fauna - Snapshots from Australia

Centralian Tree Frog at Kings Canyon.
Centralian Tree Frog at Kings Canyon.
Dingo on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk.
Dingo on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Holly Grevillea at Kings Canyon.
Holly Grevillea at Kings Canyon
Native Bush Coachroach at Kings Canyon.
Native Bush Coachroach
Ring-tailed Dragon at Kings Canyon.
Ring-tail Dragon.
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