Kings Canyon Rim Walk
The Kings Canyon walk is such an impressive place to explore, this is one of the best walks in Australia. It is part of the Watarrka National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory. After travelling through the flat landscape of the outback, it was pleasant to arrive in this stunning area.
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Massive sandstone walls, 270 metres high, sandstone domes that rather resemble ‘bee hives’ and a natural spring waterhole surrounded by gum trees and huge ferns, known as The Garden of Eden. An oasis on a hot day and such a beautiful spot to relax.
The walk begins with a steep, though not insurmountable, climb up to the canyon rim with views across the countryside below extending as far as the eye can see. From the rim the walk is easier, 6km taking about 3-4 hours. Medium difficulty suitable for most people with a reasonable level of fitness.
We took our time on this walk and soaked up the incredible views, the kids loved climbing the rocks and getting as close to the edge of the cliffs as possible before being summoned back to a safer point!
Start early to avoid the heat of the day. Pack snacks and water… take your time, soak up the area, enjoy the experience.
Kings Canyon Location
The Canyon walk is located approximately 300 km northeast of Uluru and 450 km south-west of Alice Springs, the road in from the south is sealed and suitable for all vehicles. From the north, the road is unmade and a robust vehicle is required. We were keen to travel to Alice Springs, heading north, but were advised that while the Subaru would be ok our camper trailer would be likely to end up with a broken axle! Time wise, it is about the same heading on either road to Alice.
Alice Springs to Kings Canyon
Driving from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon takes 6 hours, covering 473 kms on the most direct route. Suitable for all vehicles.
Alice Springs to Kings Canyon – Via an unsealed road.
Driving to Kings Canyon via Larapinta Drive is best done with a 4wd though regular cars do pass through – But, it is corrugated and can be very rough on an unmade road. 9 hours and 332 kms.
Ayers Rock/Uluru to Kings Canyon
Driving from Ayers Rock/ Uluru to Kings Canyon follows the sealed roads all the way and takes 4 hours covering 303 kms. It is an easy drive with fuel stations along the way – always fill up when the opportunity is available.
Accommodation at Kings Canyon
We pitched in the campground at the Kings Canyon Resort (they have rooms available too), a basic camping area, but adequate. I slept outside under the stars with our 11-year-old daughter, gazing at the stars and listening to the dingos, wondering if we would be stepped on during the night as they do come close to people scavenging for food. Definitely, heed the advice of the rangers – keep all food safely stored away!
The Rim Walk really is one of the most spectacular hiking trails in the country. Caution needs to be used and children kept under control and told of the dangers.