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Address: Via Luritja Road Or Via Larapinta Drive, Northern Territory, Australia
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+61 8 8956 7460
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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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The ulimate,Red Centre experience.

Living in the centre, provides great opportunities to visit places like this spectacular location over several occasions. Watarrka National Park incorporates the much visited... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Alice Springs, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Living in the centre, provides great opportunities to visit places like this spectacular location over several occasions. Watarrka National Park incorporates the much visited and Spectacular, Kings Canyon at the western end of the George Gill Range, Petermann Pound and also Kathleen Springs, located further along Luritja road, towards Kings Creek station at the southern end of the park. Unless... More 

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Leopold
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Stayed for 2 nights . Did helicopter ride then rim walk. Both invaluable experiences. Caravan park employees are exceptionally accommodating and helpful. Just make sure you plan and book early;so as you get a site.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

The national park is fantastic, the scenery is breathtaking and well marked and maintained, there are a couple of walking tracks for all skill/fitness levels, all of which are excellent and worthwhile. The rim walk was the highlight by far, we started it at sunrise, was awesome to see the canyon walls changing with the sun rise. Would highly recommend... More 

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Rochester, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

nice park very expensive , diesel $1.98 litre, can of baked beans was $3.80. was worth the trip out for the scenery again customer service lacking

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Bathurst, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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