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  • Location:Ayers Rock, Australia
  • Duration:12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Best Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock

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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.


  • 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.


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 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!

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Was very happy with the tour and guide

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.

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.

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

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.

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