Rise before the birds to travel to Kings Creek Station. Although it’s some time before sunrise, you may be lucky enough to see the outback coming to life. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife as they wake for the day – dromedary camels, kangaroos, brumbies and dingoes.
Outback Life at Kings Creek Station After a little under 2 hours on the road, you’ll arrive at the enormous site of Kings Creek Station.
Established in 1981, the station is a working cattle and camel station that covers an expanse of 694 square miles.
You can take some time to explore station life and maybe even go on an optional camel ride led by the station hands.
Or you can simply relax in the station café and treat yourself to a home cooked breakfast (own expense). Their coffee is said to be the best in the Territory!
Kings Canyon It’s back on to the coach now for the 30 minute drive to the amazing Kings Canyon.
On arrival you’ll realize that you’re experiencing something out of the ordinary. Located in the heart of Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon is set among an incredible ancient Australian landscape that is sacred ground for the Ulpinyali and Lilla people.
Rim Walk If you’re taking the 3 mile Rim Walk, you’re in for a memorable experience.
You’ll climb up a 328 foot cliff face and walk around the rim of the canyon’s sandstone walls. This walk has some of the most impressive views looking out over the sandstone cliffs and down over the cliff faces.
The Garden of Eden 885 feet down into the chasm, between the sandstone cliffs you’ll arrive at a true oasis known as the Garden of Eden.
Here, a natural spring waterhole surrounded by local and exotic plants and trees such as gums, bonsai looking trees and enormous prehistoric ferns all create a truly unique landscape.
Creek Bed Walk If you’re interested in something a little more relaxing, the Creek Bed Walk is ideal. Take a little more time to enjoy your surroundings before setting off on your 1 mile stroll following the rocky creek bed that will lead you to views of the impressive canyon rim.
Kings Canyon Resort Now we’re off to Kings Canyon Resort, an oasis in the outback!
While here, you can treat yourself to lunch (own expense). To experience the view from above, optional scenic helicopter flights are available at the resort, or bring your swimsuit if you’d like to take a dip in the resort’s pool.
Scenic Return Journey Sit back and enjoy the amazing outback scenery as we head back to your accommodation. It’s still daylight, so there’s plenty to see along the way.
Operates: April – October: Daily. November – March: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday.
Need to Know: Please wear closed and sturdy walking shoes. Bring a water bottle to hold up to half a gallon of water. Bring sunglasses, hat and sunscreen. Wear comfortable, protective clothing. Wear warmer layers in cooler months. Good level of fitness required for the 3 hour canyon Rim Walk. Low to moderate level of fitness required for the canyon Creek Bed Walk.
Times: Departs 4:00am – 4:30am and returns 5:00pm – 5:30pm, lasting approximately 13 hours.
Inclusions: Experienced Driver Guide. Comprehensive commentary.
Travel in an air-conditioned coach.
Photo Credit: Tourism NT / Mitchell Cox