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“Accommodation OK but Overpriced”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon
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Kings Canyon Guided Rim Walk
Ranked #4 of 112 things to do in Red Centre
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Owner description: Located in Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon known for its 100–meter-high sheer cliff walls. There are a variety of walks, the most popular is the Rim Walk which is a 3-4 hour walk with a steep start. Kings Creek Walk is a gentle walk at the base of the Canyon which takes about an hour. Please note that in hot weather where the forecast is to be 36 degrees celsius and above, there are access restrictions to some walks.
Newcastle, Australia
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“Accommodation OK but Overpriced”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2011

Personally I was disappointed because the canyon is so far out of the way, nearly 300 kms each way back to Ayers Rock. Accommodation was very much overpriced as is to be expected out here. They turned the air-conditioning off in the middle of the night and left us you to sweat it out while they fixed their generators. Walking the rim of the canyon requires fitness and if it is hot it is not recommended. After seeing the East and West MacDonnell Ranges plus Ayers Rock I feel that you have seen enough red rocks not to need to drive the long trip to King's Canyon.

Visited May 2011
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“King Canyon camping adventure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2011

We travelled out to kings canyon via the mereenie loop road and back via the Ernest giles roads. Both are dirt and quite rough but easily manageable in a 4wd. We were in our nissan pathfinder and had no problems. We camped at kings canyon village and had a great time. The facilities are modern and set in a park type of setup. The food and alcohol there are expensive so we brought our own and had a great time. The kings canyon rim walk is the must do and is absolutely amazing, one of the best walks we have done in Australia. Take you camera, sun cream and lots of water, hat etc. You can go swimming too at one spot, though its always cold. Kings canyon is a bit out of the way from Alice but definitely worth it either via your own transport or via a tour which are good too.

Visited April 2011
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rangiora
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“The best walk in the Red Centre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2011

This is a wonderful destination and an unmissable walk if you love hiking. Make sure you avoid the heat of the day. We started just after sunrise and finished in a couple of hours but slower walkers will take three or four hours and it's just unpleasantly hot after 10:30 in the morning. I think it would take a long time to cool down in the evening too so early morning is the best. Fill your (large) water bottles from the tap at the start of the walk- much nicer than the water in the resort. Do take the Garden of Eden side trip- only ten minutes off the track and a lovely spot for a cool off in the water or a rest in the shade. The side trip to the lookout is also a must. The sheer walls of the canyon are even more impressive from here.
This walk is even better than the ones at Uluru and Kata Tjuta in my opinion, and the lodge rooms at King's Canyon camping ground are clean, spacious and cool with very comfortable beds and are very close to kitchen and bathroom facilities. There is the added bonus of a restaurant and bar and entertainment a few steps away and the pool is large and surrounded by trees full of beautiful birds. A must do!

Visited October 2011
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Hamilton, Canada
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“A must-see while in the Red Centre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

Excellent! Great views, great hike, well marked...
Well worth the travel on the Merinee loop.
A few walks to choose from. Take the canyon walk before it gets dark - just before sunset for a pleasant temperature and views.
Many photographic opportunities.
Take lots of drinking water - there is a water tank there but it gets used up quite easily.
Only a 10 minute drive or so from King's Canyon Resort.

Well worth the trip!

Visited October 2011
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Don't treat Kings Canyon as the poor cousin of Uluru”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2011

Many people make the trek to Uluru but sacrifice Kings Canyon which is a mistake. It isn't that one is better than the other. They are very different. There is a Creek Trail which runs along the floor of the Canyon. The creek was dry when we visited but was beautiful even without water in the creek which by the way is the norm in the desert. The other trek the Rim Trail takes about 3 - 4 hours and has so many different formations along the way including The Lost City and Garden of Eden to name just two. Photographers should plan to start early in the morning to avoid the harsh photographic conditions of the mid day sun. accommodation is limited to only a few places. we stayed at the Kings Canyon Resort which catered to all budgets from camping to Luxury suites

Visited September 2011
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