Kings Canyon might not be as famous as Uluru or Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), but it is no less impressive. Carved out of the land over millions of years, this geological marvel stretches for miles with a diverse and stunning landscape, from forests to baked red earth, and with half the crowds of its better known neighbours, you could well have the place all to yourself!
The canyon is ancient, around 440 million years old, and was created by Kings Creek River which slowly eroded away the soft, red sandstone that is typical to the Northern Territory. Today the walls of the canyon reach over 100 meters high up to a plateau of striped limestone domes known as the Lost City. Plants and animals thrive here, and flocks of Zebra Finches and White-Plumed Honeyeaters can be seen, as well as Ringtail Dragons and the famous Thorny Devil! The Garden of Eden is another stunning aspect of the canyon; a permanent water hole popular with swimmers, and surrounded by lush plants and ferns, some of which are over 400 years old.
There are a few trails which cross the area, but by far the best is Kings Canyon’s Rim Walk, winding through the diverse areas of the gorge taking in spectacular views of the surrounding area. This 6km hike has a tough start with 1000 steps leading up to the top of the canyon, and is known as Heartbreak Hill for good reason! But once you’re at the peak the views are stunning and you’ll be glad you made the effort. The trail continues through the Lost City and down to the Garden of Eden where a refreshing dip can be had. The walk can take as long as you want it to, with the average time around 3-4 hours. Keep your eyes peeled for cute critters and fossils, absorb the history and feel like an outback pioneer. All of this, and without the crowds, Kings Canyon should be on every traveller’s bucket list.
Has this given you the urge to explore!? Join us on our 3 day Rock Trip to Uluru and immerse in the flora and fauna Kings Canyon has to offer.