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  • Location: Ayers Rock, Australia
  • Duration:  12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Travel into the heart of Australia on a Kings Canyon day trip from Ayers Rock. Your journey takes you to a classic outback cattle station at Kings Creek Station and reveals the amazing landscape of Kings Canyon. For tremendous views over the immense chasm, explore the canyon’s steep cliffs on the Rim Walk or follow an easier route along the canyon’s floor on the Creek Bed Walk. At the end of the tour, you have the option to return to Ayers Rock or continue to Alice Springs.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Kings Canyon from Ayers Rock
  • Explore the Kings Creek cattle and camel station
  • Enjoy lunch at Kings Canyon Resort (own expense)
  • See stunning views of Kings Canyon in the heart of Watarrka National Park
  • Take a guided tour of either the Rim Walk or the Creek Bed Walk with an expert guide
  • Visit the Garden of Eden oasis
  • The option to return to Ayers Rock or continue to Alice Springs at the end of the tour

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Kings Canyon is one of the most spectacular sights in Central Australia. It is a long journey from Ayers Rock, but well worth the trip. With the option to join the more strenuous Rim Walk or the relaxing Creek Bed Walk, this day trip a great choice for people of all levels of fitness.

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What You Can Expect

Best Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock

Kings Canyon day trip from Ayers Rock

After an early morning pickup from your Ayers Rock Resort hotel, watch as the desert comes to life on your journey across the desert to Kings Creek Station. Along the way, you might see kangaroos, camels, wild horses and dingoes.

The two-hour trip brings you to the enormous Kings Creek cattle and camel station, established in 1981 and covering 1,115 square miles (1,800 square kilometers). Experience daily life in the outback cattle station, relax with breakfast and coffee in the station cafe (own expense) or take a camel ride with the station hands (optional).

Your tour continues with a 30-minute trip to Watarrka National Park, and the amazing sight of Kings Canyon. Listen to your expert guide's commentary, and hear how the red sandstone gorge is sacred to the local Ulpinyali and Lilla people.

To explore the canyon more closely, choose between the 3.5-mile (6-kilometer) Rim Walk or the easier mile-long (2-kilometer) Creek Bed Walk.

The three-hour Rim Walk takes you up a 330-foot (100-meter) cliff face and along the canyon's sandstone edge, revealing magnificent views over the valley's sheer walls. Follow a steep, rocky trail into the chasm to reach the oasis known as the Garden of Eden, tucked between the sandstone cliffs. The natural spring is surrounded by a unique landscape of gum trees, palms and ferns.

If you choose the more relaxing Creek Bed Walk, your leisurely stroll follows the rocky creek bed to a viewpoint of the canyon's impressive cliffs, and explores the rock-strewn valley floor.

Leaving the canyon, travel to Kings Canyon Resort. Enjoy lunch (own expense), then relax in the afternoon on the return trip to Ayers Rock Resort or Alice Springs.

Itinerary

Hotel Pickup:

April - September:

Desert Gardens - 5am
Sails in the Desert - 4:45am
Ayers Rock Campground - 4:50am
Outback Pioneer - 4:50am

October - March:
Desert Gardens - 4:15am
Sails in the Desert - 4am
Ayers Rock Campground - 4:05am
Outback Pioneer - 4:05am

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

After a small physical challenge climbing 500 rocky steps, the walk around the canyon rim is full of interesting views and places, including the garden of eden rock pools. A real highlight.

David B
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Hello fellow travellers,
My friend and I took this tour. It was absolutely brilliant. It's such a breathetaking and interesting site. The climb although challenging at times, was well managed by our guide. Our driver 'Beau' and guide 'Caity' were awesome, highly informative and fun to share the day with. We had the best day... I highly recommend taking this tour with the local tour operator and Viator. It was truly an amazing experience. Thank you.

Kirsty
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

AMAZING! Spectacular views, great history, and awesome to get to see more of the NT landscape with the distance between everything. Driving back to Ayers Rock resort was great too, as you get to see Uluru appear on the horizon. The rim walk is definitely worth the climb.

Julie P
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very well organised tour, friendly guides, camel burger for lunch recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Amazing!! even though it got up around 40, the walk was stunning as long as you had sufficient water! Beautiful views and Joanna was an amazing tour guide!! well worth every penny spent!! MUST DO the long 6km walk if you're able to physically :) can't wait to come back and do the 22km walk!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

this hike was awesome, the views were great, the guide was great, and it wasn't too tough. I went during the summer and the weather was hot, but so dry that the temperatures really didn't seem bad at all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Very hot day but all the guides were great and very informative. Highly recommend making the day trip to the canyon.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Experience tour guide, comfortable coach, Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Magical. The staff on the tour were knowledgeable and well organised. The helicopter ride was excellent. One of the highlights of my trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The 500 step climb to the rim of the canyon is a challenge but once there it was amazing and well worth the climb. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. It is a long drive from Urulu but well worth the effort. The walk around the rim of the Canyon is splendid and you get the most amazing views.

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