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Watarrka National Park

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Address: Via Luritja Road Or Via Larapinta Drive, Northern Territory, Australia
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+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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Fun in the frying pan

Great walks under the hammering sun. The Park is jointly managed by the Traditional Owners and the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory.

Reviewed 27 February 2017
Peter D
Antwerp, Belgium
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Great walks under the hammering sun. The Park is jointly managed by the Traditional Owners and the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory.

Thank Peter D
Alice Springs, Australia
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

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 

3 Thank 1TraveltheWorld
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Reviewed 23 August 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.

Thank Terry B
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Reviewed 9 August 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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Reviewed 5 August 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

Thank Mschyf
Bathurst, Australia
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Reviewed 4 June 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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British Columbia
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Reviewed 24 May 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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Reviewed 4 May 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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Reviewed 27 April 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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Reviewed 17 April 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.

Thank Margot P

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