Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock image
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.
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.

William M 2017-09-16

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

rlopienski 2017-03-23

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.

aarmsr 2017-02-06

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.

Julie M 2017-04-26

We enjoyed the day at Kings Canyon so much that after walking the rim, we took the helicopter option to get a better perespective of the magnitude of the canyon. Take plenty of water!

raymondwslo 2017-02-06

The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is wonderful. Breakfast is provided which are unexpected before. A good trip on the whole.

Mary R 2017-06-11

It's a long time on the bus but the scenery is really nice

Bonnie C 2017-05-31

This tour offered two options. One required climbing up 500 steps before the 3.5 hours' walk along the rim. Another option was the Kings Creek walk which last half an hour the most. The rim walk would have a better view of the canyon but you have to be well trained and fit enough to climb the steps. We took the Kings Creek walk which wasn't much to see. Of the whole tour, 7 hours was spent inside the coach.

Chin-Wan C 2017-05-02

There are two courses at the canyon: rim and valley. I took the valley course, which was specified as 2 km. It turned out that 2 km was for a round trip. It was too short and there was not much to see.

Victoria R 2017-01-31

I would recommend the tour but the heat was stiffling so it kind of took away from the day.

yva 2017-01-05

Buyer beware!
This is a grossly overpriced tour with people left twiddling their thumbs for 3 hours in the middle of nowhere.
There are 2 options - the walk around the top / rim of the canyon which takes a 3.5 hours or the creek walk which barely takes an hour.
Given that both walks start at 8.30am, if one opts for the creek walk then one has 3 hours to spend doing nothing until 1.00am.

Viator also does not replicate the AAT King's crucial information on their website - you have to be able carry 3 litres of water up the initial 500 steps, else you are not allowed to do the climb to the rim. Half our group were unable to go because of not having rucksacks to carry the water, and therefore were compelled to opt for the pointless creek walk.

It is clear that AAT / Viator should not being offering this as an option unless with a combination of a helicopter ride in lieu of the rim walk. Even that only takes 15 minutes more though.
Some of us opted for this to kill time, but it is costly at a further 145. Although the views were good from above - as they would be anywhere in the world.

Ultimately, if one opts for the creek walk, it is a 4 hour drive from Uluru to Kings Canyon, 1 hour walk, 3 hours sitting around in a 4th rate cafe, and another 5 hours to Alice Springs. So you are spending 167 for 12 hours of nothing but sitting down on a coach or in a cafe.

Until AAT Kings get their act together, this is definitely a tour to avoid, unless you well prepared, fit and able to manage the rim walk.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide

Features

Terms & Conditions

    If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Due to steep and uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • Please bring sun protection, bottled water and camera