Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)

Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)

12 hours 30 minutes Yulara, Australia

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Travel into the heart of Australia on a Kings Canyon day trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru). Your journey takes you to a classic outback cattle station at Kings Creek Station and reveals the amazing landscape of Kings Canyon. For tremendous views over the immense chasm, explore the canyon’s steep cliffs on the Rim Walk or follow an easier route along the canyon’s floor on the Creek Bed Walk.
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Stop At: Kings Creek Station, Stuart Highway NT, Kings Canyon, Northern Territory 0872 Australia

Enjoy breakfast at this working cattle station!

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park Via Luritja Road Or Larapinta Drive, Northern Territory 0872 Australia

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

Stop At: Kings Canyon Resort, Luritja Rd, Petermann NT 0872, Australia

Enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) and a swim!

Duration: 1 hour


  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Kings Creek Station
  • Entry/Admission - Kings Canyon


  • Lunch and Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Kings Canyon Resort

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
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.

  • 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 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 58 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays/wipes are available for guest distribution. Group sizes will be continuously reviewed to align with government recommended protocols.


159 Reviews

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vivienneg_13 October 2021

After feeling a little nervous about the enormity of the day and the grading of the Rim Walk, I found the day nothing but fantastic. The guides Jacob and Grace were terrific - a perfect balance of interesting commentary and quiet (particularly just after the 4am pick up which enabled us to all get some more shut eye). They were both very knowledgeable, accommodating and extremely competent for young tour professionals. The walk itself was breathtakingly beautiful. The first 500 meters up steep stairs are tough going but after that, it’s very achievable for anyone with an average level of fitness. I’d suggest that a trip to the red centre to see Uluru and Kata Tjuita is not complete without a visit to Kings Canyon (and if your able, bite off the full Rim Walk).

dawnsA1811JV October 2021

A very early start to the day at 4.14am, however it is definitely worth it. Our first stop at Kings Creek Station at least a couple of hours later was very welcome, the cooked breakfast was fantastic and gave us stamina for the day ahead. We chose to do the Rim Walk, there was only 7 of us out of the coach that did this as you need to have an above average level of fitness, you climb 500 steps to start and then there are some very steep steps when you climb up and down to the water hole etc. from the top you are rewarded with absolutely stunning views , interesting rock formations and fossils. Nik was our guide and he was great, very informative, fun and chatty and always looking out for everyone's safety, he is an asset to the business. The walk is about 3 1/2 hours, the day was around 32c so it was a little hot and you need to take 3 litres of water to do this tour and you will need it. We stopped at Curtin Station on the way home , if you get the chance to talk to the cheeky Corella he will make you laugh - he laughs too !! it was along day but amazing and a highlight to our trip in NT

giules1 October 2021

This was an incredible tour. I chose the rim walk route. I'm not terribly fit but with a few stops up the 500 rock steps initially I made it. The guide, Nick was fabulous and informative. He was great with our small group of 6, ages ranging from 27 to 60. Nick was polite and considerate of our needs. He ensured our safety and time so as not to miss out on any features; ripple rocks, Moneypenny snail fossil. Garden of Eden, the cycade garden. The geology incredible and the views around every corner spectacular. A must on any trip out here. Highly recommend the rim walk, but you should have a bit of aerobic fitness. We stopped also at an interesting place called Curtain springs near Mt Connor on our way back to Yulara. A definite thumbs up, must do experience.

ddflash October 2021

A very early start with a 7 hour round trip to visit Kings Canyon. My husband did the scenic rim 3 hr walk whilst my teen and I did the 1 hr creek walk. Both walks were good and our driver and guide, Jakob was fantastic. For such a young man, his knowledge on the area, history and flora and fauna was amazing! The canyon is not as amazing as Uluru and Kata Tjuta though, and we felt it was a long day overall. The breakfast was fine on the way and additional stops helped to break things up on the way home.

John041945 September 2021

The tour itself was great. Our driver, Jack, and Tania the guide were fantastic. The stops along the way to the gorge were ok, nothing fantastic but useful as a toilet break. Our original Saturday tour was cancelled due to low number of bookings which we understand in these difficult covid times and we were given the opportunity of going on the Friday tour which we accepted. A note was delivered to our room the night before the tour confirming our booking and giving a pickup time of 4am. We waited outside the Desert Sands as instructed until the bus finally arrived at 4.45am. AAT Kings had forgotten to advise us of the revised pickup time. Due to the cancelled Saturday trip we had to extend our rental car hire by one day at some considerable cost and when we approached the office to suggest that maybe some consideration could be given by way of a lunch voucher or similar our request was dismissed with the comment that we should read the fine print and that AAT Kings could make whatever changes they liked. Customer service is not this company's strong point.

sueblaire August 2021

Had a fantastic day with Dylan, our driver, and John, our guide. Both men were friendly, enthusiastic, full of local knowledge, and super nice. Busy day, with a 4.30am start. A hearty breakfast was included, and both guys took the group on two different walks. One doing the scenic rim walk and the other the creek bed walk. I did the creek bed walk, and Dylan was amazing. No question was too silly, he gave lots of local information, and was friendly accommodating. The drive was amazing with lots of amazing views, some wildlife and tonnes of birds. Weather was perfect. Coach was comfortable. Would highly recommend, esp with Dylan and John. Amazing!!

Explorer601345 July 2021

Worst service ever! Happy to take your money but good luck getting any help. Had an issue with the date on our tour for Uluru, couldnt get through to anyone to reconfirm as the lines were all closed over the weekends and there are no emergency after hours numbers. The staff at Sails in the desert called their number on our behalf and I was told to email Monday as per the local rep. I then emailed twice over a month and was ignored. I ended up calling to find out what was going on, I then resent my email and it was forwarded to the customer relations team. The service got even worse. I was given information and recommendations that I could have done that were completely irrelevant to my scenario and no help at all. When I questioned the terrible customer service, she then told me she didnt see the problem with it even though we had been in Uluru 5 weeks earlier and I had emailed while I was still at the hotel. Im sure the tour guides are fantastic in location but if you have a problem dont hold your breath for any help or a timely reply.

max b July 2021

Terrible costumer service and customer care. I booked a canyon tour with AAT kings in Uluru this May 2021. On arrival we tried to confirm the departure date and time for the tour however, none of the phone numbers were available for two days straight. We ended up missing the bus pick up at 5am, although no one from AAT contacted us all weekend to make sure we were in the bus. I've been trying to follow up for 2 months now with AAT as phone operators don't answer the phone and emails get a reply after 2 months, by the costumer relation manager, with no resolution. I've payed over $500 for a tour I've never partaken in and the customer service has been appalling. Would not recommend this company. In these unprecedented times I would have expect more from a tour operator but all they do is take your money with no after care when things go south.

Karyn_W July 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.

I9453SRkarenb June 2021

The Creek Bed Walk was brilliant and our guide, Cavel, was absolutely wonderful, a true gentleman and source of fantastic knowledge of country. Jess, our tour guide was also fabulous.

t_la1982 June 2021

This is a must do day tour when visiting Uluru! The breakfast stop at Kings creek station was delicious and a great way to warm up on a cold morning. The hospitality of the staff there was appreciated. Even though the first 500 steps of the hike nearly got the best of me, the views from the top were amazing. Once on top, the walk definitely becomes easier. You’ll need to make sure you can keep up with the rest of the group as you are on a schedule. If you can do it, I would recommend it to anyone! We had Jacob as our bus driver and Moises as our rim hike guide. Both of them were great- Jacob was friendly, knowledgeable and very funny. And Moises was very efficient and responsible.

chatncappuccino June 2021

What an amazing walk. Spectacular scenery. Day went smoothly with an interesting range of stops. Our AAT Kings driver Jacob was a wealth of knowledge sharing stories about the Station families. A deep respect for the Indigenous groups of the area was shown. Loved the walk. A highlite of our stay. Would do it again in a heart beat.

KarynPeter June 2021

We had a wonderful day walking the rim and enjoying the areas around kings canyon. Jessie and Jacob were a fantastic team. Extremely informative.

Happy-traveller-Ulur June 2021

The whole day was professionally run. Our driver Jacob and guide Jess were engaging and positive throughout the tour and extremely helpful. The hike is difficult in parts but Jess patiently supported everyone resulting in everyone achieving success. The hike is awe inspiring and well worth the investment of time, energy and money.

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.

jetsetter39 April 2021

We elected to do the easier walk viewing the canyon from the bottom rather than the arduous rim walk. This was predominantly due to the heat that day which was 30 something degrees. The walk was relaxing with beautiful scenery. It is a spectacular place to visit. Our driver/guides Dylan and Jakob, were professional, knowledgeable and friendly. It was a pleasant drive to and from even though it was a very early start. Breakfast was well organised and ok. If you are a coffee person like me, the barista coffee that I had to pay extra for at Kings Street Station was pretty ordinary. It tasted like hot milk. Just stick with the instant that is included in the price of breakfast. The coffee at Kings Canyon Resort was much better. I feel somewhat disappointed that I didn’t do the rim walk. I think it would be great to do in the cooler months.

Pim_S April 2021

Totally fabulous day! Excellent bus and knowledgeable guides and a very spectacular canyon. Well worth the trip.

shelbyarch April 2021

Excellent crew and beautiful scenery on this day trip. Many interesting stops and great info from our driver Dylan. His love for the area shone through his commentary, with stories of locals who experienced many hardships. Dylan's insights and local knowledge were delivered in a very captivating way, connecting us with the history and locals in a way that made us feel proud to be Australian.

Andrew_M March 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.

gogirlmimi March 2021

A must do day trip from Ayers Rock Resort. Be prepared for a solid walk and getting up the 500 steps to the top. The spectacular views are totally worth it. Thanks Jacob, Dave and Jack for an awesome day!

914toris March 2021

What an experience! I did the Kings Canyon Day trip yesterday with my partner, we both couldn’t recommend it enough! We had three guides during our trip Jakob, Jack and Dave. They all had so much knowledge of the surroundings, flora and fauna and provided such a wealth of history and stories during our three hour drive to the Kings Canyon. My first time coming to the NT and would love to come back! hopefully catch you boys around soon! (Enjoy your day off today, well deserved).

SHENGQI_Z March 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

pamela_W March 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.

Peter_W February 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.
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