Welcome to Kings Canyon & Watarrka National Park


Plan to explore the canyon on foot, and therefore to spend at least two nights here, so that you can go walking on a number of occasions in the cool of the morning or late afternoon.

Wildlife is another highlight out here, from native mammals (dingoes and red kangaroos) to feral camels and brumbies (wild horses) and around 100 bird species (watch for the handsome spinifex pigeon).


Top experiences in Kings Canyon & Watarrka National Park

Kings Canyon & Watarrka National Park activities

$57.70 Walking & Biking Tours

Kings Canyon Guided Rim Walk

In the heart of Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon lies in an ancient Australian landscape that is sacred ground for the Ulpanyali and Lilla indigenous people. With your guide, make the rocky trek up to the rim of the canyon for marvelous views over the park. During the 3.7-mile (6-km) journey, you'll climb up a 328-foot (100-meter) cliff face and walk around the canyon rim. Be wowed by the scenery of sandstone walls, grottos, chasms, and cliffs, and look deep down between the cliffs where sits the Garden of Eden, a natural waterhole surrounded by vegetation such as gum trees, bonsai-style trees, and enormous prehistoric ferns, creating a bit of green amid the red environment.For those who do not wish to do the rim walk, the boulder-strewn creek bed is an easier, shady walk following the trail between the two sheer walls of the canyon. The creek bed is ideal if you’re interested in something more relaxing. After taking in the sights, set off on a 1.2-mile (2-km) stroll along the creek bed, with views of the canyon rim. Please note: During the hotter months of the year when temperatures can reach and exceed 97° F (36° C), the Watarrka National Park rangers strongly advise that visitors do not take part in the Kings Canyon rim climb. In this drier desert climate, heat exhaustion in the hotter months is a very high possibility and a danger in such remote regions. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all, a guided walk along the Kings Canyon creek bed is offered as an alternative.

$131.46 Transfers & Ground Transport

Coach Transfer from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

Join your luxury coach at the Shell Service Station. Stop for lunch at Kings Creek Station (own expense) and take some time to explore this working cattle station.  Travel through beautiful desert landscapes from Kings Canyon Resort to Alice Springs. Informative commentary is provided by your Driver/Guide. Stop at Erldunda Roadhouse for the opportunity to purchase afternoon tea (own expense). Continue on to Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway, as the sun sets in the west over the rugged plains.

$109.55 Transfers & Ground Transport

Coach Transfer from Kings Canyon Resort to Ayers Rock Resort

Join your luxury air-conditioned coach at the Shell Service Station and travel from Kings Canyon Resort to Ayers Rock Resort in comfort. Stop at Kings Creek Station for lunch (own expense) and take some time to explore this working cattle station. You can even sample the famous Camel Burger that is offered here. Admire the beautiful desert scenery and landscapes whilst enjoying the 'outback' journey with your professional Driver/Guide, who will provide you with commentary along the way. Keep your eyes open for wild camels and other native Australian wildlife that inhabit the area.Arrive into Ayers Rock Resort in the early evening.

$2799 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Australia South to North–Melbourne to Darwin

On the water and on the road? Is there a better way to explore somewhere new than from a few different vantage points? We didn’t think so either. This 19-day tour allows you to experience Australia from land, water and even underground. (Seriously! Just wait until you get to Coober Pedy.) From Melbourne to Darwin, your itinerary will include amazing stuff like rainforest walks in Great Otway National Park, awe-inspiring sunsets at Uluru, and even a wetland nature cruise in croc country.

$2449 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Outback to the Top End–Adelaide to Darwin

You can’t get Down Under through a bus window. If you’re going to get off the tourist track, you’ll have to shake things up a bit — that’s why we’ve turned to private vehicles and boats for this itinerary. Starting in charming Adelaide, cut through the Outback and explore the mysteries of Uluru. Follow your curiosity down the deserted tracks that make Australia so remote and spend 15 days discovering the natural beauty of one of the world’s most awe-inspiring destinations.

$1656.65 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Melbourne to the Red Centre

If you really want to get Down Under and experience Australia’s highlights without feeling rushed, you’ll have to get off the big coaches. Explore Melbourne before hitting the Great Ocean Road and cutting through the Outback to the Red Centre. Here you’ll experience the mysteries of Uluru and gain insight into Aboriginal Australian culture. When it comes time to bed down, shake things up with a variety of unique accommodation — swags to underground hostels and everything in between.

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