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Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)

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Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)

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icon12 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
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

    Please arrive 15 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

    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:  
    Kings Canyon Resort
    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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    157 Reviews

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    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
    Donna_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
    star-5
    A day well spent
    JustJack900
    , Dec 2019
    The tour guide knew when to chat and when not to (whether to get a bit of sleep on the trek to and fro or out on the hike to just take in the awe of your surroundings). She motivated the group and was very engaging - teaching and sharing throughout the hike. Bring lots of water!!! It got up to the mid to high 40s for parts of our hike. The stops at the stations coming and going were equally enjoyable with different animals. (You May get lucky and get a camel selfie)
    star-5
    Great day at King’s Canyon.
    annebates52
    , Sep 2019
    Good vale for money tour. Full day trip to the Canyon which was quite spectacular. Breakfast at the station was tasty and the driver and guides were really informative and friendly.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Kings Canyon Rim Walk
    Road38380686627
    , Nov 2018
    Kings Canyon is a spectacular place to see. A must do and if you are traveling from the Resort at Uluru, well worth the early morning start. The bus / coach was right on time at 4:15am pick up with a 3 hour bus ride ahead, plenty of time to have a sleep on the bus and a big breakfast at Kings Creek Station about 30 minutes before the walk. The walk has a big initial climb, 500 rock steps up the side of the canyon. 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. If you climb from October 1, you need 3 litres of water per hour of walking and this hike is 3 hours long and around 6 km. I drank 2 litres. I am moderately fit and found the walk very comfortable after the initial climb. There is no rush and the guides are amazing and very informative. The walk takes from 8:30am - 11:30am. Wear block out and take money for lunch after the walk at the Kings canyon resort around 12:00noon, where you can get a good meal and a cold beer, wine or soft drink. You can go back to Uluru resort or continue up to Alice Springs. The bus leaves Kings Canyon Resort at about 12:45pm and Buses meet and swap passengers back on the main road, some go to Alice and others to Uluru. The ride back is very relaxing with a stop at Curtain Springs. Back to the resort by about 5:30pm. The bus / coach has reclining seats, foot rests and a toilet if you need it. Great Day Out!!

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