The West MacDonnell Ranges and the East MacDonnell Ranges known as the MacDonnells Ranges have major tourist icon places of interest within approximatley 100 kilometres  of Alice Springs on sealed roads then narrowing down to recognised 4WD offroad dirt unsealed tracks from then on. Western MacDonnell Ranges tourist places to visit are Standley Chasm, Simpsons Gap, Orche Pits, Glen Hellen Gorge, Orminston Gorge,Ellery Creek Big Hole, Mt Sonder, Mereenie Loop and on the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges tourist places to visit are Trephina Gap, Corroboree, N'Dhalla Aboriginal Rock Art, Ross River Resort in Northern Territory Australia
The West MacDonnell Ranges and the East MacDonnell Ranges are known as the MacDonnells Ranges with the centre point commonly known as Heritage Gap at the commencement of Alice Springs in Northern Territory Australia
Home to the MacDonnells Ranges tourist information guide sites One day sightseeing, extended tours, premium coach touring, overnight to extend camping safaris to Uluru Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta - The Olgas, Kings Canyon, Mereenie Loop, West MacDonnells Ranges and East MacDonnells Ranges in Australia's Red Centre Way in Northern Territory Australia. Hire and rental such as a 2-3-4 berth camper van, 4WD Camper, luxury RV motorhome and selfdrive from Alice Springs to Uluru Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta - The Olgas, Kings Canyon, Mereenie Loop, West MacDonnells Ranges and East MacDonnells Ranges in Australia's Red Centre Way in Northern Territory Australia.  
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Watarrka National Park
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Watarrka National Park - Central Australia: Hike between sheer cliffs and diverse plant species at Kings Canyon, then explore the Garden of Eden rock pool.

Kings CanyonWatarrka National Park encloses Kings Canyon, with its 300-metre-high sandstone walls, walking trails, lush forests and permanent waterholes. The sheer red rock face of the canyon soars above dense forests of palms, ferns and cycads, sheltering them from the harsh desert, and providing refuge for many native animals.

The Park has been home to the Luritja people for more than 20,000 years, and its flora, fauna and rock formations are best seen on foot. Try the gentle shady Kings Creek Walk trail one kilometre along the valley floor. Get up early to see the sunrise and walk the six kilometres around the Canyon rim to take in magnificent views across the desert or into the lush valley below.

George Gill RangesOpening times: ¦ Daily, 24 hours
Activities: ¦Barbecue ¦Birdwatching ¦Self-Guided ¦Bushwalking ¦Wilderness Walking
Facilities: ¦BBQ Facilities ¦Car park ¦First aid equipment ¦Guide ¦Interpretive Centre ¦Picnic Area ¦Public Toilet ¦Visitor Information Centre ¦Viewing Platform



Outback Driving Those with a four-wheel drive can then take the unsealed Mereenie Loop on to Alice Springs.

Getting there: The Park is located about 450km southwest of Alice Springs and can be reached by 2WD vehicle via Luritja Road from Yulara and Lasseters Highway (sealed road). It can also be reached: via Larapinta Drive, through the West MacDonnell National Park, linking into the new gravel Mereenie Loop Road (4WD recommended); or via Ernest Giles Road (4WD essential) and Luritja Road. Careful driving techniques should be applied at all times to accommodate changing road conditions.

Kings Canyon is part of the Watarrka National Park in Northern Territory, Australia. Sitting at the western end of the George Gill Range, it is 323 km by line of sight southwest of Alice Springs and 1,316 km south of Darwin.

 


When to Visit: The Park is accessible all year round. The cooler months (April to September) are the most pleasant.

Picnic Tables: Located at the sunset viewing area at Kings Canyon and at the Kathleen Springs carpark and picnic area.

This privately owned resort is inside Watarrka National Park, 7 km north-east of Kings Canyon, off Luritja Rd. The camping area has powered and unpowered sites, in shady, grassed surrounds. The resort offers a wide range of facilities including bars, restaurants, swimming pool and tennis courts. Fuel is also available. There is a short walk to a spectacular sunset lookout with wonderful views to the escarpment. No fires are permitted.


Camels Kings Creek Station is a working cattle and camel station that runs cattle and exports camels. Established in 1982, the Station covers an area of 1800 sq.

Camel Rides:
• The camel train is led by an experienced guide who will be happy to answer your questions and take your photograph.

 

The camels' easy gait and comfortable, individually designed saddles ensure a safe and pleasant ride.

•Sunrise Spectacular (1 hour) - Your experienced guide will lead your camel through the red sands to view desert oaks, wildflowers and some of the abundant bird-life in the area.

•Sunset Spectacular (1 hour) - A relaxing guided tour as the sun sets against the brilliant George Gill Range.


Kings CanyonKings Canyon Area - Walking Tracks:
• The Canyon Walk (6 km loop Approx. 3-4 hrs duration) This walk begins with a steep climb to the top of the Canyon, then follows the Canyon rim around before descending to the carpark.

Approximately half way along the walk is the 'Garden of Eden', a delightful area of cool waterholes and riverine vegetation communities.

This walk requires a medium to high level of fitness with some strenuous sections. Extreme care should be taken in the hotter months (Sept - May) when walkers should consider other shorter walks as alternatives during the middle of the day.

 

 

 

 


Kings CanyonKings Canyon Area - Walking Tracks:
• The Kings Creek Walk (2.6 km return Approx. 1 hour duration) This walk meanders along Kings Creek ending at a lookout point, then returns by the same route. It can be rough underfoot, so sturdy footwear is essential. Information signs on the Aboriginal cultural uses of the area are located at several points along the route. This walk has assisted wheelchair access for approxmately half the walk and the remainder is suitable for walkers of all ages.

 


Kathleen SpringsKings Canyon Area - Walking Tracks:
• The Giles Track is a 22km overnight walk traversing the top of the range from Kathleen Springs to Kings Canyon with an entrance/exit point at Reedy Creek/Lilla. Careful planning and preparation is required. For more information contact (08) 8951 8250.



 


Kathleen SpringsKings Canyon Area - Walking Tracks:
The 2.6-kilometre walk to Kathleen Springs
This walk is recommended for families and visitors with limited mobility. Signs along the track tell the story of centuries of Aboriginal culture and the recent cattle industry. It leads to a delightful spring-fed waterhole at the head of Kathleen Gorge. This is a cool moist place to sit and enjoy the areas tranquility.

The 2.6-kilometre walk to Kathleen Springs takes you to historical sites, and a spring-fed water hole. Fit and experienced hikers will love the Giles Track, a 22-kilometre walk between Kings Canyon and Kathleen Springs. The Kathleen Springs (2.6 km return. Approx 1.5 hours duration).



Kings CanyonParks Alive Program

Free Ranger guided activities are provided in this Park between May and September each year.

 

 



Kings Canyon ResortVisitor Facilities: There is no accommodation within the Park and camping is not permitted, however commercial accommodation can be found at nearby Kings Canyon Resort, Kings Creek Station and Kings Creek Wilderness Lodge.

Commercial motel and camping accommodation is the only option available for visitors wishing to stay overnight at Watarrka.

 


Kings Canyon Resort
Kings Creek Station
Kings Creek Wilderness Lodge


Helicopter flights Take a optional flight over Watarrka National Park and Kings Canyon. Ask at Kings Creek Station. An aerial view of Kings Canyon with a helicopter tour is the best way to appreciate the true beauty and grandeur of Kings Canyon. The helicopters feature unique bubble windows that allow you to take photos unimpeded. You’ll certainly be taking lots of photos.

 

 


Kings Canyon Take a optional flight over Watarrka National Park and Kings Canyon.

Inclusions
•Return transfer from Kings Canyon Resort in an air-conditioned mini-bus
•Informative pilot commentary
•Multilingual commentary available on your iPod
• Fantastic views through large bubble windows

 


Kings CanyonHike to the canyon rim, walk through the scenic desert surrounds, or stroll along the boulder-strewn valley floor beneath imposing sandstone walls.

The Kings Canyon Rim Walk (6 km loop, 3-4 hours). After an initial steep climb the walk offers spectacular views from the Canyon rim.

Along the way are the weathered, buttressed domes of the ‘Lost City’ and the sheltered ‘Garden of Eden’ with permanent waterholes and lush vegetation. This walk is suitable for fit, experienced walkers.

For safety reasons, the track must be walked in a clockwise direction. This minimises traffic congestion, track erosion and vegetation degradation.

 

 





Watarrka National ParkMost of Watarrka's visitors come to view the spectacular Kings Canyon with its towering vertical walls and pockets of 'lush' vegetation protected in sheltered gullies amidst the vast and harsh desert that surrounds the Park. There are two walking tracks at the Canyon, both offering visitors an opportunity to escape the crowds and experience first hand the beauty and solitude of the Australian bush. Signs along both tracks highlight features of interest.

There is also a walking track at Kathleen Springs. This walk is recommended for families and visitors with limited mobility. Signs along the track tell the story of centuries of Aboriginal culture and the recent cattle industry. It leads to a delightful spring-fed waterhole at the head of Kathleen Gorge.

This is a cool moist place to sit and enjoy the areas tranquility. All walkers are advised to carefully read the information on the two walks before starting out. Safety is your responsibility.

 

The Kings Canyon walk has many steep sections and is recommended for reasonably fit and healthy walkers.

Tracks are constructed to a suitable standard with stairs and boardwalks to make your walk safe and comfortable and to protect sensitive vegetation and waterholes. Information on other walking tracks in Watarrka is available from other Parks Service publications.


Bush Ethics

Watarrka, as with all National Parks is a protected area. Disturbance of plants, animals and natural features is an offence. It is prohibited to: break branches for fly swats; write or etch names on rocks; remove or displace the natural landscape i.e. rocks or flora. Cigarette butts, tissue paper and orange peel are three common and unsightly forms of litter. Care should be taken after heavy rains as gravel roads may become impassable.

Walking Track Markers


The walking tracks of the Canyon area are well sign posted with metal trail markers. The arrows are Orange for the Kings Creek Walk and Navy Blue for the Canyon Walk. Please travel the Canyon Walk in a clockwise direction, in accordance with management, safety and interpretive signage.

Emergencies

If someone is in urgent need of medical action, you can contact a Ranger in one of two ways.
• Emergency Radio Call Boxes This is the quickest, most effective way of reaching a Ranger.

There are 4 call boxes located along the Canyon Walk at:
•near the carpark at the beginning of the walk;
•the eastern side above the Garden of Eden staircase;
•at Kestrel Falls half way down the return loop section; and
•at the top of the northern climb.
• Ranger Workshop/Residence Workshop/Residence area is located 2km, east of the Canyon turn-off.

Basic first aid equipment is available from the emergency first aid boxes on the top of the Canyon. Avoid leaving an injured person alone. Stay with them to administer first aid and send another person with careful note of your location and the problem to get help.

Source courtesy of: http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au

Kings Canyon Resort

Luritja Road, just 7 kilometres from Watarrka National Park
Rates: from $42-$214 per person, per night at Commercial accommodation, camping and bunkhouses are available at the Kings Canyon Resort (tel +61 (0)8 89567442). (last update we had)

Kings Canyon Resort offers an array of room types to suit any budget.
Offering great facilities including swimming pools and tennis courts, this sensitively designed resort is just 7 kilometres from Watarrka National Park, the home of the magical sandstone formation, Kings Canyon.

Commercial accommodation, camping and bunkhouses are available at the Kings Canyon Resort (tel +61 (0)8 89567442).

This privately owned resort is inside Watarrka National Park, 7 km north-east of Kings Canyon, off Luritja Rd. The camping area has powered and unpowered sites, in shady, grassed surrounds. The resort offers a wide range of facilities including bars, restaurants, swimming pool and tennis courts. Fuel is also available. There is a short walk to a spectacular sunset lookout with wonderful views to the escarpment. No fires are permitted.

Kings Canyon Holiday Park Caravan Park & Campground

The spirit of the outback is alive and well at Kings Canyon Holiday Park Caravan Park & Campground. It’s a friendly place, a relaxed place and a place to catch up with fellow travellers and trade stories at the end of the day. Families, backpackers and Grey Nomads alike are all catered to.

Aside from outstanding views to the canyon range, you’ll have all the amenities you need, including motor-home sites, powered and non-powered sites as well as grassy tent areas. A dump point for caravans and motor-homes is available. Backpackers can enjoy serviced lodge accommodations with shared bathrooms and a communal kitchen. There's also a picturesque swimming pool and children's playground. Of course, all travellers need supplies and you’ll find everything you need (including fuel, gas and ice) at our Outback Oasis General Store. Enjoy!

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