Watarrka National Park is best known for Kings Canyon - a mighty chasm that cleaves the earth to a depth of 270 metres. The sheer red rock face of the Canyon soars over 100 metres above cycad gardens. The Park is an important conservation area, where rock holes and gorges provide refuge for over 600 species of plants and many native animals.
The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is a truly unforgettable experience. You'll walk up, down and around the Canyon and view it from every angle. I reasonable level of fitness is required as this walk will take approx 3-4 hours. Please ensure you take plenty of water, sunscreen and insect repellent/ fly net, and of course your camera. It is recommended that this walk be done early in the morning, before the heat of the day sets in.
Alternatively, the Kings Creeek walk takes in the canyon from below, tracing the creek at the bottom of the canyon, where you'll marvel at the sheer canyon walls above. This is an easier walk and can be done in around 1 hour.
Distances: Kings Canyon lies approx 3 hours from Uluru and 4.5 hours from Alice Springs, and is accessible by sealed road. Alternatively, the Mereenie/ Larapinta Loop Road from Alice Springs is another way to access the Canyon, which will aslo allow you to visit attractions such as Palm Valley and Hermansburg enroute, however this road is unsealed and a 4WD is required.