Kings Canyon: A Wonder a Stone’s Throw from Uluru

September 19, 2017

When you think about Australia, you may conjure up images of golden beaches, rugged cliffs and burning red rocks. Uluru is one of the most important and iconic symbols of Australia, but the wonders don’t cease there. Just a stone’s throw from the magnificent monolith that is Ayers Rock, you’ll find Kings Canyon. If you plan to visit this area on your personalised Australia holiday, it’s well worth taking the short trip from Uluru to Kings Canyon. You won’t be disappointed!

Discovering Kings Canyon

Located 323km from Alice Springs, Kings Canyon is part of the Watarrka National Park in Australia’s famous Northern Territory. The park stretches over 71,000 hectares and is characterised by the distinctive sandstone rock, which glistens in the sun and illuminates the surrounding landscape. The best views are visible at sunrise and sunset and the place to be is the summit of Kings Canyon. It’s well worth scaling the heights to get a bird’s eye view and gain a proper insight into the scale of the park and the beauty of this unique setting.

If you’re a fan of action or adventure or you’re after a panoramic view, you can book helicopter tours. Alternatively, if you choose to stay overnight and you’re celebrating a special occasion, there’s nothing more romantic than dining under the stars with the dramatic scenery for company.

Hiking in Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon is a wonderful spot to dust down your hiking boots and get moving. The heat can be brutal, especially in the summer months, so set your alarm early and take the 6km hike up to the top of the canyon to watch the sunrise. If you’re an experienced hiker and you love a challenge, the 13.7-mile trek from Kathleen Springs is well worth the effort. It’s worth booking a guided tour if you want to learn more about the area or you’re keen to explore the history or cultural significance. Always make sure you have sun cream and a bottle of water with you.

When you’re worn out from the exertions of the day, take a ride to Glen Helen Gorge and enjoy a refreshing dip in the water. The roads are easy to navigate if you fancy hiring a car and embarking on a road trip. Alternatively, there are plenty of guided coach tours you can join to visit Kings Canyon and the surrounding area. You won’t regret it: leave the masses behind at Ayers Rock and enjoy one of the best sights Oz has to offer.

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