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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 Travelers 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.
    • Travelers 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 travelers
    • 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 travelers. If it’s canceled 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 sanitization during Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    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

    Reviews

    4.5
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    193 Reviews

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    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 traveler 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.
    star-5
    This is a awesome...
    Ann_W
    , Mar 2022
    This is a awesome experience, it’s a steep climb up to the rim but well worth it if you are fit and able. Our tour guides and bus driver were fabulous so knowledgeable and professional. Thank you Jacob, Grace and Vinny. Unfortunately even with all the information provided regarding the climb and fitness ability required some still did the walk, held up the group considerably and put a damper on the day as someone got injured who was clearly not fit enough to do walk.
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
    Hi Ann We are so happy to read that you had a great time with our fantastic guides out to the magnificent Kings Canyon. We appreciate your feedback and will be sure to pass this on to our team in the Red Centre who can share with your guides from the day. Many thanks, Jacob from AAT Kings
    star-4
    A BEAUTIFUL BUT STRENUOUS EXPERIENCE.
    Karyn_W
    , Jul 2021
    The walk around the rim of Kings Canyon was strenuous but well worth doing for the scenery, especially to see the Garden of Eden which was at about the half way point. The breakfast at Kings Creek Station was delicious and you tell that the bacon was very fresh. Unfortunately, our AAT Kings bus was not being co-operative, especially when certain gears were needed to be used. The guides were knowledgeable and encouraged you to take the climb and walk at your own pace but I was slow and by the time that I reached the rest stops, most of the group started walking again so I did not get to rest for very long. My husband and I did this tour at the end of June when the weather was cool in Yulara but we wished that we had worn shorts/three quarter pants and a T-Shirt for the climb and walk around the rim of Kings Canyon as we got very warm and sweaty.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
    Dear KARYN_W, Thanks very much for your review, and we hope you enjoyed the rim walk of Kings Canyon, and we understand that everyone can walk at different paces. It can get warm when taking the walk, and we encourage clothing that you would feel comfortable in when undertaking it. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Thanks. The Team at AAT Kings
    star-5
    Excellent
    Leisa_C
    , May 2021
    The canyon walk was the best. Staff and breakfast was amazing. The only criticism is that I feel that more emphasis should be made on the level of fitness required for the rim walk. Some people required help and held the group up significantly, on a hotter day this could have been hazardous for everyone else.
    icon Response from Host , May 2021
    Dear Leisa_C, Thanks very much for your review, and thanks for the compliments on the staff and the breakfast provided before the climb. When we are travelling to Kings Canyon we explain to our guests that the circuit walk takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is rocky and steep in parts, and we recommend for those with a good level of fitness. The choice is left to our guests to make that decision, and we offer a shorter walk if they decide not to walk around the circuit on the day. Thanks very much for the feedback, and we will take it on board. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the Red Centre, and thanks for choosing to travel with us. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
    star-5
    True outback landscape
    Pim_S
    , Apr 2021
    Totally fabulous day! Excellent bus and knowledgeable guides and a very spectacular canyon. Well worth the trip.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
    Hello Pim_S, We are happy to hear you had an awesome day at Kings Canyon and thanks for the review. Hopefully see you soon on one of our trips. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
    star-5
    Awesome trek!
    Andrew_M
    , Mar 2021
    Wow, what a day! A gruelling trek but surrounded by a spectacular landscape. The guides Dave, Dale and Tash were awesome. Friendly, knowledgeable and funny.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
    Hello Andrew_M, Thanks for your review, and we are glad you enjoyed your trip to Kings Canyon with AAT Kings. At AAT Kings we pride ourselves on our Guides, and we will pass the feedback onto Dave, Dale and Tash. We hope to welcome you on board another AAT Kings tour in the future. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
    star-5
    Don’t miss it
    SHENGQI_Z
    , Mar 2020
    You really shouldn’t miss this, in your once for life tour to Uluru. It’s hard for 6km climb and walk but it worth. The AAT kings is professional, the boys Jack and Dylan are good guides
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
    Dear SHENGQI_Z, Thanks for reviewing our Kings Canyon tour, and the climb is certainly worth it! We take great pride in our guides, and will be sure to pass the comments on to Jack and Dylan. We hope we can welcome you on board again in the future. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
    star-5
    Ayers rock
    pamela_W
    , Mar 2020
    Easy to organise on line. Friendly efficient, helpful staff at office in Ayers Rock. Driver and guides professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Coach very comfortable. 2 walks available, can choose on the day and are given opportunity to change from the harder walk after a short trial. Beautiful walk through this amazing landscape with explanations from guides. Well worth the effort.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
    Hello pamela_W, We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed seeing Kings Canyon with AAT Kings, and thanks for the very informative review. We pride ourselves on having knowledgeable guides, and we love sharing our passion for the Red Centre with our guests. We hope to welcome you on board again very soon. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
    star-5
    Top tour to Kings Canyon
    Peter_W
    , Feb 2020
    Would highly recommend this great tour. Des the bus driver and Jack the tour guide were both very informative and went out of their way to ensure all on board had a wonderful day. Make this tour a must.
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
    G'Day Donna_W, Thanks for your feedback on our Kings Canyon trip and it is such an amazing experience to add in to any trip to the Red Centre. We hope to welcome you on board again soon. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
    1 traveler found this review helpful

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