When in the Alice Springs region a campervan tour to Kings Canyon is a novel way to get out on the road and see some amazing scenery. 350 kilometres south west of Alice, Watarrka National Park lies on the Western Side of the George Gill Ranges, and is characterised by high sided gorges and mountainous rocky landscapes, all showing the same red hue that is seen across most of the outback. As an important conservation area the Park is home to over 600 species of flora and fauna, many of them very rare, and all of them adapted to the desert environment in weird and wonderful ways - think jumping snakes, bearded dragons and thorny lizards!
The main feature of the Park is Kings canyon. At its deepest point it reaches some 270 metres in depth, and its high walls provide protection for the forests of palms and cycads that flourish on its walls and floor. The area has a rich and interesting Aboriginal history, and has been home to the Luritja people for more than 20 000 years. Westerners are relative newcomers to its charms, with the first white man to discover it being Ernest Giles in 1872. Today it is one of the most visited areas in the Northern Territory, and caters towards thousands of visitors a month. There is a visitors centre about 20 kilometres away from the gorge, and although this isnt always manned it provides a good introduction to the history, culture and attractions of the region.
The best way to see Kings Canyon is to take one of the walking trails into the canyon, past the best viewing points and normally away from the crowds. A short and easy walk leads into the centre of Kings Canyon, and is suitable for kids or anyone with mobility difficulties. Theres is a longer one (6 kilometres), which takes about three hours to complete and goes along the canyon rim. From various points on this one you can see such attractions as The 'Lost City', which is a series of beehive like rock formations that look like an ancient ruins. Another is the Garden of Eden, a deliciously cool valley with serene waterholes surrounded by lush vegetation.
The Kings Canyon has a little sister too, it lies nearby and is known as Kathleen Gorge. This gorge has a spring fed waterhole at its head known as Kathleen Springs, which are popular amongst bushwalkers looking to cool off after a hot day in the sun. There are a number of bushwalks here that are suitable for children, and there is even one that joins up with Kings Canyon. This should only be attempted by the very fit, and rangers must be notified about your walk before you set out. Many people choose to overnight on this walk, as it is a long distance to cover in a single day.
Being such an isolated spot, accommodation out here is fairly limited. Kings Creek Station is a camel and cattle ranch that has a large and shady campsite where you can park up your motorhome with the other campers. There are also safari like lodgings for travellers who arent into the camping thing! A restaurant and a swimming pool complete the creature comforts, and dont visit here without trying one of their infamous camel burgers!
Your journey to Kings Canyon can go through a number of places. You can include the East Macdonnell Ranges in it, then return to Alice via Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the West Macdonnell Ranges. Research is required here, and you will need to adjust your trip and where you go according to how long you have on your holiday. However long you take and whichever places you visit this holiday is likely to instill a deep affectation for desert environments in you, and be warned it is hard to get rid of. So I guess we'll be seeing you again next year!
Underground Bed And Breakfast
Coober Pedy, Australia Bed & Breakfasts
Underground bed and breakfast is a five bedroom four bathroom two kitchens two lounges two outdoor barby living areas ,safe and secure undercover car parking...
Fraser Island Adventure Tours
Mooloolaba, Australia Hotels & Resorts
Fraser Island Adventure Tours is located in Queensland Australia. Our journey departs daily from your accommodation in a specially designed 4WD tour vehicle - crossing by river ferry to the spectacular 40 Mile Beach. Northward bound we follow the see...
Noosa Harbour Resort
Noosa Heads, Australia Hotels & Resorts
For the people who are coming to Noosa for holiday with their friends and family Noosa Harbour Resort is best choice to stay in this fabulous beach side town. You will get here the complete entertainment package which will never let you feel unintere...
Starting at 214 Per Night
Mooloolaba, Australia Bike Tours
Looking for resort accommodation on the Sunshine Coast? Coco Mooloolaba holiday accommodation is the perfect choice for singles, couples and families. Apartments complete with generous balconies and provide facilities like heated pool, heated spa and...
White Water Rafting, Franklin River, Tasmania
Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers, Australia Rafting Trips
Rafting the Franklin is one of the worlds great adventures, voted the number 1 destination for rafting world wide by U.S magazine Outside. We offer the highest quality multi-day rafting expeditions on this wild and remote river....
Rates from 2,750 Per Person
Balloon Aloft Canberra
Canberra, Australia Ballooning
Champagne Hot Air balloon flights over Australia's capital Canberra, 1 hour flights followed by champagne celebration. Optional buffet breakfast at the Hyatt. Accomodation packages, free hotel pickup...
Gold Coast Whale Watching
Gold Coast, Australia Whale Watching
Gold Coast Whale Watching with Whales in Paradise. Experience the best whale watching has to offer on Australia's beautiful Gold Coast. Cruise aboard our luxurious catamaran to whale alley where we secure the best position to get closest whales....
Escorted Self-drive Tours to Outback Australia
Scarborough Beach, Australia Eco Tours
Discover remote and exciting destinations on our award-winning, professionally escorted, nature-based, soft-adventure, self-drive,small group tours through Outback Australia. Most adventures led by Tour Guide of the Year, Jeremy Perks....
Starting at $200 Per Night
Australian Wild Escapes
Sydney, Australia Eco Tours
This fantastic Ecotour begins at your hotel & the historical Rocks area of old Sydney. Heading westwards across the coastal plain we make our way to the Great Dividing Range of Australia. It is here we leave the ‘average’ Blue Mountains tourist b...
249 Per Person
Brewery Tour In Convertible Chevy (price per car)
Melbourne, Australia Wine Tasting
We visit 4 Breweries. These are Buckleys, White Rabbit, Hargreaves Hill and Coldstream and travel at your pace through the Hinterland of Yarra Valley. We stop for Lunch at Hargreaves Hill Brewery. Breweries do NOT OPEN Mon, Tue and Wed....
Specials Now! 550 Per Group
|Link Code |