It is 310 kms (192 mi) from Uluru Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon, so if you want to take all the walks at Kings Canyon you will need to stay overnight.
The road between the two is sealed all the way. If time is short it is possible to visit Kings Canyon on a day trip from Uluru Ayers Rock. Do not try and do a day trip from Alice Springs – the distance is just too great. Accommodation overnight is available at the Kings Canyon Resort, with differing levels of accommodation offered.
Walks at Kings Canyon
Kings Creek flows along the bottom of Kings Canyon. The walls of the Canyon are 100 metres (325 ft) high. It is best to avoid walking in the middle of the day if at all possible due to the heat. Good advice on conditions is to be gained by chatting to the National Park Ranger.
Kings Creek Walk: The shortest of the three walks, the Kings Creek Walk follows the bottom of the Canyon to a viewing platform. The distance is about 2 kms (1.2 mi) and you should allow about one hour round trip.
Kings Canyon Rim Walk: This 2 – 3 hour circuit covers a 6 kms (4 mi) loop that takes in the rim of the Canyon for spectacular views. It also descends to The Garden of Eden, a permanent waterhole, before offering views of The Domes. Allow about 3 or 4 hours. The steps to the top of the Canyon at the start of the walk are very steep and a basic level of fitness is required.
Giles Track: This 22 kms (13.6 mi) track runs from Kings Canyon to Kathleen Springs. It should only be attempted by keen hikers. Please check with the Park Ranger and register your intentions before starting the walk.
Things to do around Kings Canon
- Take a walk around Uluru
- Go to the Field of Light art installation
- Walk Kata Tjuta
- Sounds of Silence Dinner at Uluru
- Hike Kings Canyon
- Watch local Maruku artists at work
- Ride a camel in the outback
- See uluru and the red centre from a helicopter
- Visit the Wintjiri Arts and Museum
Map of Kings Canyon
Zoom in and out for an interactive map of Kings Canyon