King’s Canyon

King’s Canyon is one of the dramatic natural attractions of the Alice Springs/Uluru area. It can be reached from Alice Springs via the Mereenie Loop Road (about 330 km, 4wd recommended) or from Yulara (about 310 km, all sealed).

There are various accommodation options not far from the Canyon, including camping at King’s Creek Station.

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The Rim Walk around the top of the Canyon is moderately strenuous, and will normally take 3 to 4 hours. The scenery is spectacular. If you look carefully at the picture, you can see some human figures at the edge of the Canyon on the far side. One of the interesting (? scary) features of the walk is that there are no guard rails. You can sit on the edge and dangle your legs if you want to.

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Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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10 Responses to King’s Canyon

  1. Sue Emeleus says:

    Thanks Rob for this. Maybe one day you will take me there. I’m off to Cairns next week to mind two little grandsons for their last week of the school holidays when their mum will be at work. I like being on your list. Love from Sue

  2. Kev says:

    Thanks for the info & the great photo Rob. I have visited The Alice, Eyre’s Rock & The Olgas twice in the last 5 yrs. but not The Western MacDonnel area. Hope to visit Namitjira’s country this May/June to take in the stunning beauty of the centre of OZ. Kev

  3. gpcox says:

    Beautiful scenery, but I won’t be dangling anything over those cliffs anytime soon.

  4. Gan says:

    Simply majestic. A question, do you need to pay for a guide to do the Rim Climb or it can be self guided and is there a timing restriction when to start the climb.

    • dazzlerplus says:

      Hi Gan. There is no charge of any kind at King’s Canyon. There are no guides — only basic sign posts along the way — and you can start the Rim Walk any time you like, although it takes at least about 3 to 4 hours if you’re reasonably fit. You’d certainly not want to be doing it in the dark, so you’d need to start by about 1pm at the latest.

      See http://www.wikitravel.org/en/Watarrka_National_Park .

      • Gan says:

        Hi Dazz , Thanks for the information. Another question(hope not troubling u too much), Can the visit to Olga and Uluru sunset achieved on a single day. I plan to drive to Olga (1pm) do the walk and then adjourned to Uluru to witness the sunset. Again can this be self guided or is it controlled by AAT Tour. Thanks

  5. dazzlerplus says:

    Shouldn’t be a problem. Find out what time sunset is, and bear in mind that there can be a lot of people going to watch the sunset, If you arrive there only 10 minutes before the sunset, you might find that you can’t get a spot to park, and they’re fairly fussy about parking out there — you can’t just pull up on the side of the road. I’d plan to arrive there at least half an hour before sunset. See http://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/sunrise-sunset-viewing/

    Neither The Olgas (Katatjuta) nor the sunset viewing area is controlled by AAT Tours. They’re just open to anyone who has paid to go into the park.

    The time to do a walk at The Olgas will depend on which walk you want to do. Have a look at http://www.environment.gov.au/parks/publications/uluru/pubs/katatjutawalks.pdf

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