Kings Canyon: Following the trails of Watarrka National Park

The enchanting landscape of Australia’s Northern Territory is a vast mosaic of colours, and towards the south-west corner lies the rust-coloured earth of the Red Centre. It is home to Australia’s largest and most impressive rock formations, and at the heart of the Red Centre you can find the Watarrka National Park north of the famous Ayers Rock in Uluru.

The Park can be found halfway along the Red Centre Way, a road that connects Uluru in the south to Alice Springs in the north. Watarrka plays host to scenic landscapes of mottled green bushes and red soil, as well as the towering cliffs of Kings Canyon, which stand resplendent over the valleys below. The canyon offers spectacular scenery from above as the land falls away beneath you, creating a panoramic view of this park’s natural beauty.

The canyon is a hotspot for hikers and climbers with several trails of different difficulty levels to choose from. The easiest trail iskings canyon selfie King’s Creek Walk which is only 2km return and will lead you along the bottom of the gorge, where you’ll have the colossal walls of the canyon on either side of you. For those of you with an adventurous spirit, the 22km Giles Track will take you along the George Gill Range and bring you to the Kathleen Springs, a charming spring-fed waterhole at the head of Kathleen Gorge.

The most popular of all the trails is the Rim Walk, which is only moderately difficult and offers some of the very best scenery. You’ll start by climbing the steep hill at the foot of the trail, but fortunately, the climb is just the beginning. Once you reach the top you’ll have little chance to catch your breath because the views from the summit will take it away. The trail extends in a 6km loop and after the initial climb the walking is very easy. From your vantage point you will have an incredible view of the Lost City, which is made up of a series of sandstone domes. Once you’ve drunk in the sights from the top of the 300m high cliffs you can begin your descent into the canyon, where you’ll find the Garden Of Eden, a secluded waterhole with lush plant life and a great place to stop and enjoy lunch along the Rim Walk.

The unique landscape of Kings Canyon offers the incredible chance to walk along the trails of Australia’s Red Centre, with sights so marvellous and rich in colour you’re guaranteed to have the hike of a lifetime.

Be sure to check out our 4 Day Uluru and Kings Canyon Tour from Ayers Rock!