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Kings Canyon

Alice Springs Darwin Katherine Ulu r u Kings Canyon

Le parc national de Watarrka englobe Kings Canyon avec ses parois en grès de 300 mètres de haut, des pistes de randonnée, des forêts luxuriantes et des trous d’eau permanents.

La paroi rocheuse abrupte rouge du canyon s’élève au-dessus des forêts denses de palmiers, de fougères et de cycadophytes, les protégeant du désert aride et offrant un abri à de nombreux animaux autochtones.

Le parc abrite le peuple Luritja depuis plus de 20 000 ans et il est préférable de découvrir sa flore, sa faune et ses formations rocheuses à pied. Empruntez la Kings Creek Walk, une piste de randonnée tranquille d’un kilomètre au fond de la vallée. Levez-vous tôt pour admirer le lever du soleil et marchez les six kilomètres autour du canyon pour saisir des vues magnifiques de l’autre côté du désert ou dans la forêt dense de la vallée en contrebas. La randonnée de 2,6 kilomètres jusqu’à Kathleen Springs vous mène à des sites historiques et un trou d’eau alimenté en eau de source. Les randonneurs expérimentés et préparés vont adorer la Giles Track, une randonnée de 22 kilomètres entre Kings Canyon et Kathleen Springs.

Le parc est accessible depuis Uluru en quatre heures environ via la Lasseter Highway et Luritja Road. Les 4x4 peuvent ensuite emprunter Mereenie Loop, une boucle non goudronnée menant à Alice Springs.

Choses à voir et à faire à Kings Canyon

  • Informations

    Activités

    • National Parks and Reserves

    Horaires d’ouverture

    Daily, 24 hours

    Tarif d’entrée

    Entrée libre

    Aménagements

    • Barbeque
    • Carpark
    • Interpretive Centre
    • Picnic Area
    • Public Toilet

    Activités

    • Birdwatching
    • Walk
    • Hiking
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  • FAQS

    Can Kings Canyon be done as a day trip?

    While it's possible to visit the region as a day trip from Yulara or Alice Springs, we recommend staying at least one night so that you can wake up early and complete the Kings Canyon rim walk for breathtaking views.

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    Do I need any passes or permits to visit Kings Canyon & Watarrka National Park?

    Entry into Watarrka National Park is free. If you're travelling via the Mereenie loop (4WD only) you'll be travelling on Aboriginal Land Trusts and will need to purchase a permit. Permits cost only $5 and can be purchased at Kings Canyon Resort, Hermannsburg or the Visitor Centre in Alice Springs.

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    How do I get around Kings Canyon?

    The two most popular walking trails are the Kings Creek walk,which takes you into the canyon, and the famous Kings Canyon rim walk. You can explore the trails yourself or via a guided tour. The rim walk requires a moderate level of fitness due to the sharp incline. The Kings Creek walk is suitable for all able travellers. Be sure to stick to the designated tracks, both for your safety and to protect the environment. It's also hard to beat seeing the canyon from a helicopter, with regular flights available throughout the day.

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    How do I get to Kings Canyon & Watarrka National Park?

    Kings Canyon lies between Alice Springs and Yulara / Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It's a 3-hour drive (306 km) from Yulara to Kings Canyon. From Alice Springs, you can take the Lasseter Highway (5 hours) or the Mereenie Loop, an unsealed 4WD track which takes around 4 hours depending on the condition of the road. There are also a number of tour operators that can take you to Kings Canyon from Uluru or Alice Springs.

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    How far is Kings Canyon from Alice Springs and Uluru?

    Kings Canyon is 5 hours' drive from Alice Springs (474 km) along the sealed Lasseter and Stuart Highways. If you're feeling adventurous, you can take the 4WD-only Mereenie Loop, which takes approximately 4 hours depending on the road conditions (permit required). Kings Canyon is 3 hours' drive (306 km) from Uluru.

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    What are the major attractions at Kings Canyon?

    The most popular way to explore Kings Canyon is to hike the 6 km Kings Canyon rim walk. There are a number of shorter walks such as the Kings Creek hike, a 2.6 km trail filled with stunning scenery. Be sure to check out the sunset or sunrise from a high vantage point.

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    What should I bring with me to Kings Canyon?

    If you're taking the Mereenie Loop, bring extra fuel, a satellite phone and plenty of water, and be sure to tell someone where you're going. When hiking the Kings Canyon rim walk, bring drinking water, a hat, camera, sturdy walking shoes and sunscreen.

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    When is the best time to visit Kings Canyon?

    Kings Canyon is impressive at any time of the year. The most popular time to visit is from May to October when the weather is cooler. The temperature increases from October to April, so if you want to complete the Kings Canyon rim walk, make sure you start the climb in the early hours of the morning, as the track closes from 9am during these months.

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    Where should I go next from Kings Canyon?

    If visiting from Uluru, continue on towards Alice Springs. Visit the West MacDonnell Ranges via the Mereenie Loop (you'll need a 4WD) and stop at Hermannsburg and Glen Helen.

    If you've come from Alice, then a visit to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an absolute must!

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