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


  • 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

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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.


Customer Reviews

Tiffany C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The tour required us to get up early, but seeing the sun rise while cruising through the outback was fantastic. In the early morning light, we saw wild camels, horses, and dingos. The sky was beautiful as in the time leading up to, and after, the sunrise. Breakfast at the station was good. Once we got to the canyon, the guides set a pace that everyone could keep up with. The interesting facts and stories he shared kept everyone's attention as we made the journey. It was hot, but the buses AC was great.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Very worthwhile trip. Great day !!

William M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Was a great trip and I also did a Helicopter flight overKings Canyon. The photos I have attached were taken from the Helicopter.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Strenuous going up to top of the rim, but worth it. Great views. You will need 3-4 liters water, it's was a hot 3.5 hike.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Absolutely as advertised. The walk is challenging because of the heat, rather than the terrain. Walk includes steps, bridges and steep inclines. Some climbing over uneven ground and loose screed. Plenty to see in the way of wildlife from big lizards to tiny frogs.
Enjoyable journey in air conditioned coach. Interesting but long journey, but worth the ride.

Sejil M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

this was an amazing tour and the scenery was awe inspiring. the Tour guide Stasia was awesome and well informed about the landscape and kept us on time!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was the highlight of our Australian vacation despite it being a long trip by bus around 3.5 hours one way and a very early start 4:15 am!. The AAT Kings coach had comfortable seats and even had USB ports to charge phones/tablets. Our guide Alwyn was really great. We were determined to do the Rim Walk as we heard the views were incredible. We went on a day that was overcast and rained lightly at times which was probably better than on a day in the blazing sun. Note: If you are planning to do the Rim Walk, you are required by the national park service to have 3 liters per person. I'd suggest buying it ahead of time as the rest stop will charge you 6 for a 1.5 liter bottle! We knew the first 500 steps up would be challenging. It wasn't as bad as we imagined and our guide did it at a reasonable pace. We had some folks 60 with us and they managed fine. The Rim Walk is a 6 km walk/hike and you do need a good level of fitness to do it. The views are totally worth it.

Jenine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Kings Canyon is incredibly beautiful and really worth the very early start. The colours, are amazing. The information provided by the guides about the local aboriginal people and their practices and customs is great. Please be aware that from October - April if you are planning on doing the rim walk you must have 3 litres of water with you, so make sure you are able to carry that amount or you can't do it.

Juile O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Awesome experience, tour guides were very experienced and the early morning sun rise and walks were all very organised. A very special place to visit, thank you.

Leonardo R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very nice tour, particularly since this is pretty much the only option to join an organized tour from Yulara/Uluru to King's Canyon.

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