Kings Canyon, Northern Territory © Tourism NT
Guide to Kings Canyon
Aboriginal name: Watarrka
- Getting to Kings Canyon
- When to visit
Feel inspired by the soaring sandstone walls of Kings Canyon in Australia's Red Centre.
The Northern Territory's Watarrka National Park, home to Kings Canyon, covers 710sq km (274sq mi) and has been home to the Luritja and Arrente peoples for more than 20,000 years. Learn about their thriving culture, be marvelled by clifftop hikes and see it all from above on a scenic flight.
The palm-fringed waterhholes, towering sandstone cliffs and rugged red floors of Kings Canyon/Watarrka are the traditional lands of the Arrernte and Luritja Peoples, who hold a sacred and spiritual connection with this region.
Embark on a guided walk alongside Traditional Custodians to experience the Aboriginal history and significance of this gorgeous place.
- Traditional name: Watarrka
- Indigenous Peoples: Arrernte and Luritja peoples
Kings Canyon is located just over a three-hour drive from Ayers Rock Airport or a 5.5-hour drive from Alice Springs.
- Car hire is available from both Ayers Rock Airport (AYQ) and Alice Springs Airport (ASP)
- While major roads into Kings Canyon are sealed, alternative routes require a four-wheel drive vehicle
Guided day tours of Kings Canyon are also available. Tours depart from both Uluru and Alice Springs.
Similar to other destinations in the Red Centre, Kings Canyon experiences high heat during the warmer months. The cooler months are a great time to visit, as daytime temperatures are lower and more pleasant for hiking, but note that temperatures drop considerable when the sun goes down. If you visit during summer (December to February), it’s important to wear sun protection and a netted hat to deter flies.
- High season: Cooler months between April and September
- Low season: Hotter months between October and February