Kings Canyon Resort

Kings Canyon, Australian Geographic

Kings Canyon Resort, in Watarrka National Park, is an excellent base from which to explore the region. It has various standards of accommodation, a petrol station, supermarket, laundry, tennis courts and swimming pools. There are also many dining options.

Visitor Information

Luritja Rd; (08) 8956 7442

Nearby national parks

  • Watarrka National Park

    Located at the western end of the George Gill Range, Watarrka National Park is a landscape of rugged ranges, isolated rock holes and gorges,...more

  • West MacDonnell National Park

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  • Finke Gorge National Park

    Finke Gorge National Park straddles the often-dry Finke River, the oldest watercourse in the world, which meanders 400 kilometres before it...more

Nearby towns

  • Yulara

    Yulara is a resort town that was built specifically to cater for visitors coming to see Ulu ¯ru and Kata Tju ¯ta. It offers excellent...more

  • Hermannsburg

    This Aboriginal community lives on the site of a former mission station established by German Lutherans in 1877. During the first 14 years,...more

  • Glen Helen Resort

    This small homestead-style resort is an excellent base for exploring the superb scenery of Glen Helen Gorge and other attractions in West...more


Watarrka National Park This park's many rock holes and gorges provide refuge from the harsh conditions for many species of plants and animals. The great attraction is Kings Canyon, an enormous amphitheatre with sheer sandstone walls rising to 270m. The 870m Carmichael Crag is known for its majestic colours, which are particularly vibrant at sunset. There are also well-signed trails. The Rim Walk is a boardwalk through prehistoric cycads in the lush Garden of Eden and takes in unusual rock formations such as the Lost City. The Kings Creek Walk is a 1hr return walk along the canyon floor. The 6km (3–4hr) Kings Canyon Walk is rough going and recommended only for experienced walkers. Tours of the park include Aboriginal tours and scenic flights. Brochures available from visitor centre; (08) 8951 8211.

Kings Creek Station: working cattle and camel station with campsites and accommodation. Quad (4-wheeled motorcycle), helicopter and camel tours of the area; 36km SE.

Mereenie Loop: links Alice Springs, Kings Canyon, Ulu ¯ru and Kata Tju ¯ta via the West MacDonnell Ranges and Glen Helen. Permit required because a section of the route passes through Aboriginal land; map and permit from visitor centre.

Campsites around town

Kings Canyon Resort Caravan Park and Campground

This privately owned resort is inside Watarrka National Park, 7 km north-east of Kings Canyon, off Luritja Rd. The camping area has powered and unpowered sites, in shady, grassed surrounds. The resort offers a wide range... Find out more

Kings Creek Station 39 km

The largest exporter of camels in Australia, this is one of the best spots to go for a camel safari across an outback station. There are also quad-bike rides and helicopter tours, and a live ‘stock... Find out more

Curtin Springs Roadhouse 121 km

There are plenty of free unpowered campsites at this roadhouse, conveniently located on the Lasseter Hwy, 85 km east of the entrance to the Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park. There are also 8 powered sites, a pub and... Find out more

Ayers Rock Resort Campground 123 km

The Ayers Rock campground has a very large shady camping area, with powered and unpowered sites. Cabins are also available, and there are bicycles to hire. The campsite includes a pool, 2 tennis courts and a wireless... Find out more

Redbank Gorge – Woodland camping area 126 km

On the Larapinta Trail, this camping area has large sites amongst mulga shrubs. There are facilities including a free gas BBQ. It is the trailhead for Section 11. Bring drinking water.... Find out more

Redbank Gorge – Ridgetop camping area 127 km

This campground is on the Larapinta Trail, 3.5 km north of Namatjira Dr, 152 km west of Alice Springs. Vehicles can access this site but 4WD is recommended. Bring drinking water. Note: no generators are allowed. This... Find out more

Palm Valley camping area 127 km

The main campground has good facilities and is 22 km south of Hermannsburg. You will need to bring your own firewood or use the gas BBQs. Many sites are under trees along Palm Creek, which usually has some water in it... Find out more

Rocky Bar Gap camping area (walk-in camping) 132 km

On the Larapinta Trail, this site is 15 km west of the Finke River trailhead and has no facilities except drinking water. Bring a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Finke River Two Mile camping area 134 km

On the Larapinta Trail, this very basic site has no facilities and vehicle access is 4WD only. It is reached north of Namatjira Dr between the Glen Helen Resort access and the Finke River crossing. After heavier rains... Find out more

Hilltop Lookout camping area (walk-in camping) 135 km

On the Larapinta Trail, this bush campsite has no facilities but a great lookout. Bring water and a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Kings Canyon Resort

This is a very good resort and caravan park located about 7 km from Kings Canyon. The resort has a range of accommodation, a restaurant and a well-stocked roadhouse. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Kings Creek Station 36 km

Located 39 km from Kings Canyon, this large camping area on a cattle station caters solely for tourists and has a restaurant and many sites in bush settings. There are numerous activities including camel rides,... Find out more

Ayers Rock Campground 121 km

This is a large campground with a beautiful lawn area for campers and a separate caravan and motorhome section. The park has clean amenities, a great camp kitchen and a pool, and is within walking distance of... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Kings Canyon Resort

Low-set and designed to have minimal environmental impact, the resort is a pleasant place to stay in a harsh desert environment. There is a restaurant, swimming pool and tennis court at the resort, which offers a... Find out more

Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge

On Kings Creek cattle station, a short drive to Watarrka National Park, guests stay in luxury tented air-conditioned cabins that are elevated from the ground. The camp is near the George Gill Range, surrounded by... Find out more

Kings Creek Station

Caravan sites and safari cabins offer an alternative for budget-minded travellers visiting Kings Canyon. The station and accommodation are set in the foothills of the George Gill Range, and operated by local people.... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Kings Canyon 35 km

Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge, run by APT on Kings Creek Station adjacent Watarrka National Park, has luxury tented cabins that are partly run on solar power. Kings Creek Station itself has a range of camping sites and... Find out more

Uluru and Kata Tjuta 122 km

In terms of accommodation providers, options are very limited at Uluru and camping is not permitted in the park, but thankfully Ayers Rock Resort has been developed with a wide variety of options, from five-star luxury... Find out more

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