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.

Tiffany C 2018-03-21

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.

waydor 2017-11-28

Very worthwhile trip. Great day !!

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.

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!

Emanuel S 2018-01-22

was just average. got up at 4 in the morning for a 3 hour drive. the actual visit was nothing special. I took an additional helicopter tour that was fantastic seeing the canyon from the top. if you go take the ride.

barbaratore1 2018-01-07

The biggest problem with this trip was that it was misleading. My husband and I got up at three am to take this trip. After a three hour drive we had breakfast at a cattle station which was cool. Then we got to Kings Canyon to realize that there was no way we could do the rim walk. It required a 500 step steep climb and a three hour rim walk in 103 degree heat. So we did the canyon floor walk and that was a bust. It took 40 minutes to go and return and then we were taken to a place to wait for the others. The bar and restaurant did not open till 11am and when they did there was no air-conditioning. The heat was unbearable There was a pool but I didn't know we were suppose to bring our bathing suites so we did not go for a swim.
My advice is do not go on this tour unless you are physically capable of making the three hour canyon rim walk. In fact do not advertise that there is a canyon floor walk because there is nothing there toes.
The guides were great so not their fault but this tour is not advertised correctly

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.

carolphillips217 2018-03-26

An untruthful tour description. It is a very hard arduous trip with a great danger if your not fully fit and agile due to a 45 degree 350 foot climb on rocks placed as steps.

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