Kings Canyon is one of Australia’s natural treasures. On top of the canyon the cliffs are more than 300 metres high, descending down to the "Garden Of Eden" and Kings Creek at the bottom.

The canyon has enchanted people for thousands of years, some parts of the gorge are in fact sacred Aboriginal sites.

There are two popular canyon hikes at Kings Canyon: The 6 km Kings Canyon Rim Walk and the 2.6 km Kings Creek Walk tracing the bottom of the gorge. During the summer months you can also hike the South Wall Return.

The Rim Walk

The Rim Walk begins with a challenging 500-step climb. But it’s worth every step. Upon reaching the summit, you will marvel at the breathtaking views of Watarrka National Park and into the canyon itself before descending into the green oasis of the "Garden of Eden."

At sunrise and sunset (the time most walks take place), the colours of the canyon are ever changing. The Rim Walk is a strenuous walk, meaning people who are in good health, lead an active life, play sports or walk on a regular basis will be more than able to complete the walk in around 3.5 hours.

Alternatively, you may wish to explore the canyon floor, an easier shady walk that follows a trail between the two sheer walls of the canyon.

On the days the Bureau of Meteorology predicts the temperature to be 36 degrees Celsius or above at Watarrka, visitors are asked to start the Kings Canyon Rim walk prior to 9am. After 9am, gates will be put up to prevent access to the Rim Walk.

South Wall Return Walk

You can undertake the South Wall Return, which is part of the Rim Walk. This track allows you to walk up what is usually the descent, onto the south wall of the canyon, get a view down into the Garden of Eden and then return via the same route. It takes about half the time as the full rim walk (1 ½- 2 hours). It isn’t less strenuous but allows you to get up and see the canyon without having to spend as much time in the heat.

On the days the Bureau of Meteorology predicts to be 36 or above at Yulara, visitors are asked to start the South Wall Return walk prior to 11am.

The Kings Creek Walk

The Kings Creek Walk meanders up the centre of the canyon to a lookout point on the left hand side of the valley, which affords a view of the sheer cliff face at the end of the canyon. This walk is suitable for all ages and requires only a moderate level of fitness.

The Kings Creek Walk remains open at all times as it is a much less strenuous and a shorter walk with plenty of shade.

Kathleen Springs Walk

This walk is suitable for families and visitors with limited mobility (wheelchair access available). Signs along the track tell stories of Aboriginal Culture and the recent cattle industry. It leads to a spring-fed waterhole at the head of Kathleen Gorge. This is a cool moist place to sit and enjoy the area’s tranquillity.

Guided Tours

You can complete the above hikes independently, or join a guided tour that departs from the Kings Canyon Resort.

  • Commentary from expert guides with local knowledge
  • Return air-conditioned coach transfer from Kings Canyon Resort
Tour Departures
  • Daily between 5.45am and 8.30am depending on sunrise times. Times will be confirmed at time of booking.
  • Departs from the Kings Canyon Resort reception
  • Duration of the tour approx. 3.5 hours


$75 per adult
$38 per child

Booking Enquiries

Please contact the resort reception: T +61 8 8956 7442
To avoid disappointment, bookings are essential. All tours are subject to availability and weather conditions.

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