Watarrka National Park protects one of the Northern Territory's most legendary destinations, Kings Canyon.
It's a rocky red desert park of rugged geological formations and sheer-edged sandstone gorges plummeting to waterholes and unexpected oases of cycad palms.
Walking trails lead to lookouts for views over the canyon, and there are picnic tables at the sunset-viewing area and Kathleen Springs.
The overnight Giles Track takes you along the top of the range from springs to canyon, while the much easier Kathleen Springs walk takes 1.5 hours and is recommended for families.
To get the most out of your visit to Watarrka National Park, take a guided walk with a ranger or guide to learn about the spiritual significance of this land for the local Anangu people.
Watarrka National Park is 450 km (280 miles) south-west of Alice Springs via the Stuart Highway or Larapinta Drive. It’s around 300 km (186 miles) north-east of Ayers Rock (Uluru).
The best time to visit is in the cooler months of April to September.
Tours & Tickets
Travel into the heart of Australia on a Kings Canyon day trip from Ayers Rock. Your journey takes you to a classic outback cattle station at Kings Creek ... Read more
Location: Ayers Rock, Australia
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Embark on an overland odyssey from Adelaide to Alice Springs on this week-long journey through the outback. From the rolling wine country of Clare Valley to ... Read more
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 7 days (approx.)
Discover the Red Centre and the South Australian Outback with an all-inclusive small-group tour. During these 6 days, walk through Watarrka National Park ... Read more
Location: Alice Springs, Australia
Duration: 6 days (approx.)