Journey to the majestic chasm of Kings Canyon on this full-day adventure from Ayers Rock. Travel across the rugged landscape of Central Australia, stopping at the Kings Creek cattle and camel station for a taste of Outback ranch life and optional camel ride. Choose from a strenuous walk to the canyon rim for unbeatable views, or an easier route along the canyon creek bed. Stop for lunch at the Kings Canyon Resort, and suit your sightseeing schedule with the option to either return to Ayers Rock or continue on 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

Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock

Kings Canyon day trip from Ayers Rock

Venture through the rugged heart of Australia to the spectacular scenery of Kings Canyon. Get an early start to the day with morning pickup at Ayers Rock Resort, and travel in a comfortable coach through the rocky desert landscape. After 2 hours on the road, stop at Kings Creek cattle and camel station — an expansive family-run estate that’s been operating since 1981. Get a sense of Outback station life with an optional camel ride (own expense) and purchase breakfast and tea at the rustic on-site café if you like.

Continue on another 30 minutes to Watarrka National Park, home to Kings Canyon. Learn about the history of the massive red sandstone gorge from your guide, including its sacred meaning to the indigenous Ulpinyali and Lilla people. 

Immerse yourself in the natural wonder with the choice of two walks. On the 3-hour, 3.5-mile (6-km) Rim Walk, make a strenuous elevation gain of 330 feet (100 meters) up a cliff to the canyon’s edge for thrilling views to the valley floor below. You’ll also follow a steep trail down into the canyon to a leafy, spring-fed oasis nicknamed the Garden of Eden. Or, opt for the more leisurely Creek Bed Walk that runs 1 mile (2 km) along the valley floor and offers a ground-level perspective of the towering canyon walls.

After your walk, recharge with lunch at the nearby Kings Canyon Resort (own expense), and then relax and rest your muscles on the scenic return drive to Ayers Rock Resort. Alternatively, you can catch a different coach and continue on to Alice Springs for a convenient transfer.

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

Joe L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

First part of walk challenging, but worth it. Walk was done at a fairly quick pace

Shelby B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

GORGEOUS canyon! It was very hot just under 36 degrees celsius at 9 in the morning and I participated in the rim walk the longer of the 2 walks. The hike up was very strenuous and challenging, however once you make it to the top, every step you took to get there was totally worth it. The destination is always better than the journey. But the journey was great as well because we were a quick group and had an excellent, knowledgable tour guide who made the tour so much fun! Very funny and enthusiastic while keeping us all hydrated, safe, and motivated. We had a great day but boy were we tired!

Rachel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was my favorite thing I did while in the area! The hike is amazing and the first km is a tough climb but the rest is more relaxed still somewhat challenging and I absolutely loved it!

anthony h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Well worth the early start, high canyon walk not to difficult, guides very helpful.

pablo.m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The guide was very friendly and helpful. The bus comfortable. Everything was superb! like the Kings Canyon

Bronwyn T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

GREAT!

Peter M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Was very happy with the tour and guide

Rachel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A great day. Driver and tour guide went above and beyond to make sure everyone was catered for. Timing of stops was just right and guides helped to make the walk more interesting with their knowledge of the area and the flora and fauna. Would definitely recommend this tour.

Haidee W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Done with a local tour operator. It's a long day, but well worth it - very entertaining guide/driver who took us out to Kings Canyon station for a hearty breakfast before heading over to do the Rim walk at Kings Canyon - beautiful scenery and a great group on the day. This was followed up by lunch at the Kings Canyon resort Camel burger was pretty good before heading on back. There was a convenient transfer to the Alice Springs bound bus, which allowed me to fly out of Alice Springs direct to Perth.

Nicolaas W

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.

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