At the heart of the Australian outback, Kings Canyon—along with the iconic Ayers Rock (Uluru) and the majestic peaks of the Olgas (Kata-Tjuta)—is part of the trio of natural wonders that make up Australia’s famous Red Center. Here are your options for tours from Alice Springs.
The most convenient way to explore the Red Center is on a guided tour, with 2- or 3-day tours allowing time to take in all the highlights. Tours often include an Uluru base walk, a visit to the Mutitjulu waterhole, a hike through the Valley of the Winds, and a canyon rim walk, which affords spectacular views over Kings Canyon. Most multi-day tours include a choice of accommodation options at the Ayers Rock Resort or Kings Canyon Resort.
For a more immersive experience, opt to sleep beneath the desert stars on a 2- or 3-day outback camping trip. As well as taking part in activities such as an Uluru sunrise walk and a desert camel ride, you’ll get to tuck into typical Aussie BBQ around a campfire, enjoy stargazing, and camp out either in a safari tent with bunk beds or traditional swag (Aussie tented bedroll).
Things to Know
Kings Canyon is part of the George Gill Range, located in the Watarrka National Park, 200 miles (323 kilometers) southwest of Alice Springs.
Accommodation options include the Kings Canyon Resort, Kings Creek Station, and the Ayers Rock and Yulara Resorts at Uluru.
Australia’s Red Center is in a desert climate—it can get extremely hot during the day, but cold at night, even in summer.