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Watarrka National Park
Watarrka National Park

Watarrka National Park

Open daily
Ernest Giles Road, Kings Canyon, 0871

The basics

To get the most out of your visit to Watarrka National Park, take a guided walk with a ranger or Aborginal guide to learn about the spiritual significance of this land for the local Anangu people. The overnight Giles Track takes you along the top of the range from springs to canyon, while the much easier Kathleen Springs walk takes 1.5 hours and is recommended for families. Multi-day tours typically include a day at the park to tackle the 3.7-mile (6-kilometer) Kings Creek Walk around the rim of Kings Canyon.

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Things to know before you go

*The park urges visitors to take their trash with them, as garbage bins are not provided. *Wear a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and appropriate footwear. *The Kings Creek Rim Walk features an uneven uphill section and is suited for travelers in good physical health.

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How to get there

Watarrka National Park is 280 miles (450 kilometers) southwest of Alice Springs via the Stuart Highway, which is suitable for 2WD vehicles, or Larapinta Drive, which requires a 4WD vehicle. It’s around 186 miles (300 kilometers) northeast of Ayers Rock (Uluru). Multi-day tours generally provide roundtrip transportation from Ayers Rock Airport and Alice Springs hotels.

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When to get there

You can visit Watarrka National Park year round, but the cooler months, from April to September, are the most pleasant and are considered the best time to come. Access to the Kings Canyon Rim Walk and South Wall Return Walk are limited on days when the temperature is 97℉ (36°C) or above. Visitors must begin the rim walk before 9 am and the South Wall Return Walk before 11am on these days.

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