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Address: Via Luritja Road Or Via Larapinta Drive, Northern Territory, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8956 7460

This national park whose name, Watarrka, comes from the Aboriginal word for...

This national park whose name, Watarrka, comes from the Aboriginal word for the umbrella bush, is best known for the spectacular sheer walls of Kings Canyon. This scenic landscape of rugged ranges, cliffs, rockholes and gorges and is a must see attraction of central Australia. Please note that in hot weather forcast to be 36 degrees celsius and above, there are access restrictions to some walks.

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More then just the Rim Walk

Location Isolated as it is much further from Alice Springs then most people think but it is outback Australia so you expect the isolation. Service 5/5 We found all the people... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2016
Les B
Bathurst, Australia
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Bathurst, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Location Isolated as it is much further from Alice Springs then most people think but it is outback Australia so you expect the isolation. Service 5/5 We found all the people associated with the park etc to be friendly Value 5/5 Free Atmosphere 5/5 Majestic and inspiring. A must see! Put on bucket list very near the top. This is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

The Rim Walk starts with 500 uneven excruciatingly steep rock stairs straight up (no handholds or rails) the canyon wall - not an easy start (walking poles would have been an asset throughout the walk). However, once on the rim itself, the walk is manageable and most enjoyable. However, you are constantly climbing up and down throughout the whole walk.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

We completed the Kings Canyon Rim Walk (6 km loop. Approx. 3-4 hrs duration). it was a really terrific hike which took us just about the 3.5 hours advertised. Amazing rock formations, change of flora and altitude and hiking conditions - definitely not monotonous. For additional information search for walks in Watarrka National Park

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

A visit to Kings Canyon is a must on any visit to Central Australia. The canyon itself is grand and spectacular. Do the canyon rim walk, but you have to start early in the morning

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

Whilst the main attraction is Kings canyon, Kathleen Springs is a relaxing walk just off the main road. A pretty little walk, easily accessible (for disabled as well) . good information signs about aboriginal and stockman history, as well as plants in the area.

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

Watarrka National Park is home to King Canyon, a chasm cleaving the earth to a depth of some 270 metres. It is situated on the western edge of the George Gill Ranges, 300km to the north east of Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park and 310km west of Alice Springs. Kings Canyon soars over 100 metres dense forests of palms, ferns and... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

Certainly worth a visit, lots of small but interesting places, walks canyons, views, roadhouses, all add up to an unmissable outback experience. Although we hired a 4 wheel drive and felt using the dirt roads added to the experience I would still recommend it even if by tour bus.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We have been to Watarrka three times now, and done the Rim Walk three times. This is a special place and worth spending time in. Kings Creek Walk is a lovely little intro to the region if you arrive in the afternoon, and then the Rim Walk is just wonderful. Once you do the steep climb at the beginning -... More 

Thank Sue T
Donvale, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We entered from Larapinta Drive then out via Luritja Rd on our way to Yulara. This is the home of Kings Canyon & the Kings Canyon Resort. Brilliant scenery, so much more spectacular than following the main roads from Alice Springs.

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Bendigo, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

We did the rim walk after the invigorating climb at the start. It was breathtaking and well worth the two or three hours it took. Just one major disappointment, we had driven many hours to get there from Uluru and were very surprised to find no facilities there. We were expecting to get food for lunch on the walk at... More 

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