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Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)

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Yulara, Australia
Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)

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icon12 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Journey to the majestic chasm of Kings Canyon on this full-day adventure from Ayers Rock. Travel across the rugged landscape of Central Australia, stopping at the Kings Creek cattle and camel station for a taste of Outback ranch life for breakfast and an optional camel ride. Choose from a strenuous walk to the canyon rim for unbeatable views, or an easier route along the canyon creek bed. Stop for lunch (own expense) at the Kings Canyon Resort.
  • Day trip to Kings Canyon from Ayers Rock
  • Explore the Kings Creek cattle and camel station
  • Enjoy lunch at Kings Canyon Resort (own expense)
  • See stunning views of Kings Canyon in the heart of Watarrka National Park
  • Take a guided tour of either the Rim Walk or the Creek Bed Walk with an expert guide
  • Visit the Garden of Eden oasis

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Experience Kings Canyon without having to stay overnight on this extended day trip from Ayers Rock.
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Professional Local Guide
Pickup and drop off from all hotels within Ayers Rock Resort
Super comfortable luxury vehicle including: free wifi, in seat USB, air conditioning & W/C
Breakfast at an Kings Creek Station- a working cattle and camel station!
Learn all about the outback and spectacular Kings Canyon with your expert local guide
6 km hike around the Kings Canyon Rim Walk- 3hrs
Option of shorter Kings Canyon Creek Bed Walk- 1 hr return
Lunch and Drinks
Gratuities
  • Sails In The Desert , Yulara Drive Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872 Australia
  • Ayers Rock Campground , Yulara Drive Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872 Australia
  • Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort , Yulara Drive, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872 Australia
  • Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort , Yulara Drive Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872 Australia
  • 4:00 AM
    Hotel pick-ups commence prior to the tour start time. Please refer to your voucher for your hotel pick-up time or call the operator. You will be collected from the hotel you have selected in the drop down list. If you wish to change your pick-up location, you must call the operator at least 24 hrs prior to travel. If your hotel does not appear on the dropdown list, the operator does not pick-up from your hotel. Please phone the operator to arrange an alternate pick-up time and location.
    Venture through the rugged heart of Australia to the spectacular scenery of Kings Canyon. Get an early start to the day with morning pickup at Ayers Rock Resort, and travel in a comfortable coach through the rocky desert landscape. Start with breakfast at Kings Creek cattle and camel station — an expansive family-run estate that’s been operating since 1981. Get a sense of Outback station life with an optional camel ride (own expense) if you like.

    Continue on to Watarrka National Park, home to Kings Canyon. Learn about the history of the massive red sandstone gorge from your guide, including its sacred meaning to the indigenous Ulpinyali and Lilla people. 

    Immerse yourself in the natural wonder with the choice of two walks. On the 3.5-mile (6-km) Rim Walk, make a strenuous elevation gain of 330 feet (100 meters) up a cliff to the canyon’s edge for thrilling views to the valley floor below. You’ll also follow a steep trail down into the canyon to a leafy, spring-fed oasis nicknamed the Garden of Eden. Or, opt for the more leisurely Creek Bed Walk that runs 1 mile (2 km) along the valley floor and offers a ground-level perspective of the towering canyon walls.

    After your walk, recharge with lunch (own expense) and a swim at the nearby Kings Canyon Resort, and then relax and rest your muscles on the scenic return drive to Ayers Rock Resort.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Kings Creek Station
    Enjoy breakfast at this working cattle station!
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Kings Canyon
    Take part in a 6 km hike around Kings Canyon Rim Walk or enjoy a more leisurely 45 minute walk through the Kings Canyon Creek Bed
    Duration: 4 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Discovery Kings Canyon
    Enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) and a swim!
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Due to steep and uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
    • Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes
    • A minimum of 3 litres of water is required for those participating in the 6km Rim Walk. The supplier will provide water, you just need to bring your own water bottles!
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • While this tour isn't suitable for guests travelling in a wheelchair due to the nature of the walks involved, guests in a wheelchair are welcome on our tours provided they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require assistance from the supplier to embark and disembark the vehicle.
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, comfortable protective clothing, warm layers in cooler months
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 58 travellers
    • OPERATED BY AAT Kings
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitisation during Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)?
    A:The policies on sanitisation are:

    • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
    • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
    See all safety measures taken by Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru).
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru).

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    • "Wear a hat, appropriate walking clothes, comfortable, sturdy enclosed shoes and a camel bak if you have one carrying 3 x 1 litre bottles just adds weight to your bag and not as easy to drink from." See review

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    star-5
    Great tour
    Brent_D
    , Aug. 2022
    Flexible trip where you can do the very steep rim walk, or the gentle valley walk. We did the easy option and our guide pointed out so many plants of interest plus some history. Amazing scenery.
    star-5
    Spectacular scenery
    Gillian_H
    , Aug. 2022
    Loved the entire day, the stories about the local peoples connection to the land and then the amazing walk. Coming across 'Garden of Eden ' a beautiful waterhole and the spectacular scenery.
    star-5
    Experience the real Australia
    Philippa_B
    , Jul. 2022
    Very welcomed cooked breakfast. Seeing brumbys. Just about the whole of the rim walk. Views were incredible. Seeing the crack that caused the formation of the canyon. Lovely guide and an amazing driver who drove us 700kms and stayed cheerful.
    star-5
    Fabulous
    Russell_S
    , Jul. 2022
    Beautiful sacred and rugged landscapes. Excellent Guides. Great weather, LOTS of steps!!! 😎 THANKYOU
    star-5
    Get Fit and Ready!
    Rosemary_C
    , Jul. 2022
    Do it and tick it off your bucket list. It’s a very strenuous climb/walk but well worth the effort because you’re awarded with amazing views. I saw a beautiful little lizard scuttling on the rocks. I was very fortunate to be with a group of lovely people who looked after me. Big thank you to our guides, Grace and Colin for their help, encouragement and patience.
    star-5
    Practically perfect despite the long journey.
    Barbara_S
    , Jul. 2022
    We loved the creek bed walk as we learned of the plants and birds. Looking up the sides of the canyon was also amazing. We were also fortunate to do the rim by helicopter. What an experience!
    icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
    Thank you Barbara, we are so glad you had a great time. AAT Kings
    star-5
    Great tour and Guides
    Susan_B
    , Jun. 2022
    Great tour and great driver and guide really good hike. Beautiful area to hike around. Guides knowledgeable and fun
    star-5
    Add it to the bucket list, but be informed of what to expect
    Adam_B
    , Jun. 2022
    Ok, so this trip is one you have to do, Kings Canyon is amazing and totally worth seeing. Our tour guides Colin and Grace were very informative, kept the trip from feeling long (it’s a 3hr coach ride from Ayer’s Rock Resort) with little tit bits of info along the way and made us feel at home with the group. Yes you are hiking with other intrepid travellers, so you can’t go at your own pace but we had a great hike regardless. It’s an early start too, Coach left ARR at 4:45 am. Stopped along the way for a much needed breakfast at Kings Station before the hike. We did the Rim Walk, the first part being a quick ascent up 500 rocky steps, no rails to hold onto, but once past here it was relatively easy. Was around 3hrs hiking but didn’t feel like it, you have to bring at least 1.5 litres of water per person, take snacks, camera, hat, sunscreen to ensure you come back from the hike happy and healthy! But definitely consider doing this hike, it’s well run, with the option of a lunch stop after the hike, and a break from the drive on the way back at Curtin Springs Station.
    star-5
    Amazing experience
    Mary_M
    , Jun. 2022
    The staff were all knowledgeable and great. Food was yummy! Only would’ve liked to have know that you needed 2ltrs of water to climb and then had to pay $7.50 for 1.5ltr.
    star-5
    Recommend!
    WENMIN_F
    , Jun. 2022
    The rim walk was spectacular! It was a bit hard at the beginning to climb up the 500 steps, but well worth the effort.
    star-5
    Kings Canyon rim walk
    Linda_M
    , Jun. 2022
    The driver and guides - Anna, Grace and Jacob - were terrific. A lovely day and great walk. The whole trip was well organised and loved the stories they told.
    star-5
    A day's outing to King's Canyon
    John_Y
    , Jun. 2022
    Visiting Kings Canyon is a very memorable experience with the great crew from AAT-Kings. Thank you Jacob, Jess and Anna. It was a wet, cold day unusual for Central Australia but we got to see running water in the creek. Did the base walk rather than the rim and glad we did so in the bleak conditions. Enjoyed great breakfast on the way to set us up for the day A must do!
    star-5
    Great day tour highly recommended
    Daniela_P
    , Jun. 2022
    Guide was friendly knowledgeable and easy going. Great day had by all. Scenery was vibrant after the recent rains.
    icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
    Thanks so much Daniela - we are really glad to read that you had a great time at Kings Canyon with us Take care Jacob from AAT Kings
    star-5
    Colin & Grace made the...
    Damian_J
    , Jun. 2022
    Colin & Grace made the entire experience awesome! their expertise and friendly attitude really added to our day. thanks a bunch - give them a raise! from Damo & Jimbo
    icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
    Thanks Damo & Jimbo - we will be sure to pass this on to Colin & Grace Jacob from AAT Kings
    star-5
    Fantastic!
    Laura_D
    , May 2022
    An amazing day with the team at AAT. Thanks to Jessie, Michelle and of course Jenny we had a fantastic time!!!
    star-5
    An amazing and full day
    Jennifer_L
    , May 2022
    Kings Canyon was a wonderful sight to see but I feel the day was made perfect due to our guide (Pauline) and driver (Colin). Pauline's talks were informative and her knowledge of plants, geology and history was amazing, keeping all in the bus entertained. Colin was also a good guide taking a group of us around the base of the canyon. Congratulations is well deserved.
    star-4
    Great experience and adventure
    Karen_L
    , May 2022
    I wasn't prepared for the hard slog up and down Kings Canyon, but I made it with lots of help from the lovely Michelle and Jess our tour guides. It was great to visit Kings Creek Station, would have liked more time there, but understand the time constraints as the walk at Kings Canyon takes up so much of the day, as well as the travel time to get there from Yalara. Beautiful outback country to see and I am so thankful we had such an experienced driver on board with Jenny, who avoided skillfully a big red who was crossing our path, just before sunrise. Could not fault the AAT Kings team on the day. We travelled on 11 May 2022.
    star-3
    Waste of money
    kerrie_s
    , May 2022
    This is a tour for only fit people who can do the rim walk cause otherwise you are just traveling for 6 hrs travelling thier and back 1 small creekbed walk the duped at a pub for 2 half hrs while wating for people to come bsck so unlees you do rim walk dont bothrr to much money for a walk
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Hi Kerrie Thanks for taking the time to leave a review and we appreciate your feedback. We do acknowledge that it is a long day to Kings Canyon in our 1 Day Tour, this trip is designed for those with very limited time. We also offer overnight options and transfers for those looking to spend more time in this region of the Red Centre. Please feel free to reach out to us at sales@aatkings.com.au if you have any further feedback. Kind Regards, Jacob from AAT Kings
    star-5
    Breathtaking views/ energetic and worthwhile
    NALINI_K
    , May 2022
    The entire walk although arduous for a 66 year old woman was certainly an experience not to be missed. We had the most wonderful guides. Michelle was exceptional with her knowledge of the region and she was so patient . Not to forget Rob the driver who was always in his best element/ funny and keeping the group in good spirits!!! Well done to all
    1 traveller found this review helpful
    star-5
    A highlight of my trip
    AudraL
    , Apr. 2022
    This was a highlight of my trip to Australia. I did the Rim Walk and it was fantastic. The guides were amazing! They told us lots of information about the area and organized interesting stops along the way.

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