The Red Centre’s Wonderland
Kings Canyon may not boast as many visitors as Uluru, but this immense yawning chasm in the heart of the Australian desert is one of the country’s most spectacular and breathtaking locations.
This enormous gorge is a sacred Aboriginal site, and as such, visitors are discouraged from ranging off the official walking tracks. Intrepid climbers might want to consider the Kings Canyon Rim Walk, although ‘walk’ may be a bit of an understatement. This trail begins with an incredibly steep climb up ‘Heart Attack Hill’ and takes you to the top of the canyon for uninterrupted views of the gorge and surrounding national park. About halfway through the walk, you descend into the Garden of Eden, a cool, tropical waterhole. The last section winds you around a maze of sandstone domes, known as the ‘Lost City’
For the truly adventurous hiker, the 22 kilometre Giles Track connects Kings Canyon to Kathleen Springs and requires a camp out under the stars at the halfway point. Don’t forget to register with the Overnight Walker Registration Scheme.
If epic hikes aren’t really your style, there is the easier, more family-friendly Kings Creek Walk. Wander through the creek bed, as the canyon walls tower above you.
- Walk the Rim: Kings Canyon Rim Walk is a steep 6km loop skirting the cliff face. The magnificent views across Watarrka National Park make it all worthwhile.
- Enjoy Kings Creek Walk: An easier 2km walk following the rocky canyon creek bed, this walk ends at a viewing platform where you can take in the sights of the towering canyon.
- Dine under the Desert Moon: Bask in a wilderness setting, under a canopy of the southern night sky, with the only light coming from the moon and the flickering glow of the fire.
For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Kings Canyon chapter in our online Northern Territory brochure. Click here.