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Visitors explore Kings Canyon on the Kings Creek walk.

Parc national de Watarrka (Kings Canyon)

Le parc national de Watarrka renferme Kings Canyon, avec ses murs de grès de 300 mètres de haut, ses sentiers pédestres, ses forêts luxuriantes et ses points d'eau permanents.

La paroi rocheuse rouge du canyon s'élève au-dessus des forêts denses de palmiers, de fougères et de cycas, les abritant du rude désert et offrant un refuge à de nombreux animaux indigènes.

Le parc abrite le peuple Luritja depuis plus de 20 000 ans, et sa flore, sa faune et ses formations rocheuses sont mieux vues à pied. Essayez le doux sentier ombragé Kings Creek Walk sur un kilomètre le long du fond de la vallée. Levez-vous tôt pour voir le lever du soleil et parcourez les six kilomètres autour du bord du Canyon pour admirer de magnifiques vues sur le désert ou sur la vallée luxuriante en contrebas. La promenade de 2,6 kilomètres jusqu'à Kathleen Springs vous emmène vers des sites historiques et un point d'eau alimenté par une source. Les randonneurs en forme et expérimentés adoreront le Giles Track, une promenade de 22 kilomètres entre Kings Canyon et Kathleen Springs. Des frais de camping s'appliquent le long de la piste Giles et les campings doivent être réservés en ligne avant votre arrivée.

Le parc est accessible depuis Uluru en quatre heures environ en empruntant l'autoroute Lasseter et la route Luritja. Ceux qui ont un 4x4 peuvent ensuite emprunter la Mereenie Loop non scellée jusqu'à Alice Springs.

Choses à voir et à faire à Kings Canyon

Horaires d’ouverture

Chambres

Tarif d’entrée

  • Indicative Prices billets à partir de $10 jusqu’à $60
    Park entry fees - Parks Pass applies. (NT residents exempt).
  • Child billets à partir de $5 jusqu’à $30
    Park entry fees - Parks Pass applies. (NT residents exempt).

Aménagements

  • barbecue
  • Parking
  • Parking autocar
  • Tours de guet
  • Aire de pique nique
  • Toilette publique
  • Wifi gratuit

Activités

  • Observation des oiseaux
  • Des promenades
  • Randonnée

Accessibilité

Accès handicapés disponibles, opérateur de contact pour plus de détails.

Map

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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 and doesn’t require a permit.

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 $5 and can be purchased at Kings Canyon Resort, Hermannsburg store, 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. It’s a 3 hour (306km) drive from Yulara.

There are two routes from Alice Springs. You can take the Lasseter Highway in around 5 hours, or the Mereenie Loop – an unsealed 4WD-only track that takes around 4 hours and requires a permit.

There are also a number of tours 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 (474km) 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 (306km) 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 6km 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 watch 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, andtell 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. The track closes from 9am during the hotter 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!