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Northern Territory
Kings CanyonMajestical, and millions of years in the making, Kings Canyon overwhelms with its ancient landscapes, dramatic cliffs, lush plant life and waterholes, best explored on a floor or rim walk adventure.
Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park, is located 450 kilometres south west of Alice Springs in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta region of the Northern Territory. The Park encompasses the western end of the George Gill Range and is home to a variety of unique native flora and fauna, including over 600 different plant species. Commercial accommodation can be found within the Park at the Kings Canyon Resort and Kings Creek Station. The area has also been home to Luritja Aboriginal people for the last 20,000 years. The word Watarrka refers to the umbrella bush that proliferates in this amazing landscape. Combined with an eerie collection of weathered rock formations known as the Lost City and a permanent waterhole veiled by palms and ferns known as the Garden of Eden, a visit to the incredible Kings Canyon is full of surprises. Kings Canyon has several accommodation options from campsites to luxury hotel units as well as a restaurant, cafe, bar, souvenir shop and fuel. The ‘Canyon Rim Walk’ requires a reasonable level of fitness as the initial ascent to the top can be demanding. The walk is approximately six kilometres so allow at least three hours, wear sturdy footwear, appropriate clothing and carry at least one litre of water per person. The canyon can also be viewed via scenic helicopter flight out of the resort or Kings Creek Station.
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Stay at Kings Creek Station
Experience outback hospitality with an outback adventure. Situated at the foot of the beautiful George Gill Range, just 35 kilometres from Kings Canyon, Kings Creek Station is a truly unique 2,000 square kilometre slice of the real Australian outback. Owned and operated by locals, brimming with true outback hospitality, Kings Creek Station is where an outback adventure begins. Travellers can set up camp in the tranquil campground or stay in a safari cabin set amongst the natural bush, try a famous Kings Creek camel burger, relax by the pool, take a stroll to the George Gill lookout for magnificent views of the range and enjoy this genuine cattle and camel station. Their camels are not just good looking, they are friendly and reliable because they take good care of them. The camel train is led by an experienced guide, who is happy to answer your questions, and take your photograph. The camels easy gait and comfortable, individually designed saddles ensure a safe and pleasant ride. Kings Creek Station uses a loading platform for your safety and convenience and to reduce strain on the camel joints. Helmets are provided for your added safety. Four tours are available, starting from a quick five-minute ride to an hour-long ride.
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