Kings Canyon Guided Rim Walk

Kings Canyon Guided Rim Walk

4 hours Kings Canyon, Australia

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From Kings Canyon Resort, join a guide on a rocky climb to the rim of Kings Canyon for superb views of Watarrka National Park. The walk takes up to three hours and requires a good level of fitness, but you'll be rewarded with a panorama of sandstone cliffs and other landscapes of Australia's Red Centre. If you prefer something easier, a creek bed walk is offered as an alternative.
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Stop At: Watarrka National Park, Via Luritja Road Or Via Larapinta Drive, Northern Territory Australia

In the heart of Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon lies in an ancient Australian landscape that is sacred ground for the Ulpanyali and Lilla indigenous people. With your guide, make the rocky trek up to the rim of the canyon for marvelous views over the park.

For those who do not wish to do the rim walk, the boulder-strewn creek bed is an easier, shady walk following the trail between the two sheer walls of the canyon. The creek bed is ideal if you’re interested in something more relaxing. After taking in the sights, set off on a 1.2-mile (2-km) stroll along the creek bed, with views of the canyon rim.

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

During the 3.7-mile (6-km) journey, you'll climb up a 328-foot (100-meter) cliff face and walk around the canyon rim. Be wowed by the scenery of sandstone walls, grottos, chasms, and cliffs, and look deep down between the cliffs where sits the Garden of Eden, a natural waterhole surrounded by vegetation such as gum trees, bonsai-style trees, and enormous prehistoric ferns, creating a bit of green amid the red environment.

Please note: During the hotter months of the year when temperatures can reach and exceed 97° F (36° C), the Watarrka National Park rangers strongly advise that visitors do not take part in the Kings Canyon rim climb. In this drier desert climate, heat exhaustion in the hotter months is a very high possibility and a danger in such remote regions. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all, a guided walk along the Kings Canyon creek bed is offered as an alternative.


  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Watarrka National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Kings Canyon


  • Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for children 8 and under
  • A considerable amount of walking is involved in this tour, so please make sure to wear sturdy footwear
  • Please ensure you have a minimum of 3 liters of water for your walk
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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.


26 Reviews

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shaynemsutton September 2021

Our family of four (Kids 8 & 12) did the Guided Rim Walk today with Tanae & Jakob. They gave us plenty of good information to inform our choice about whether we would climb to the top or not. The stairs at the start are tough but what follows is a spectacular landscapes and incredible views. The rest of the walk (after the stairs) can be a little up and down but nothing anybody familiar with moderate bushwalking can’t handle. And there are plenty of rest stops. Take plenty of water and sunscreen and a good hat. We also saw wild brumbies and camels on the way there!

Xanerin June 2021

This certainly is not for someone who is not fit or does not like climbing up and down. is the best experience. You start by climbing up the rocks like a goat with I think 500 steps- seemed like 5000. Hehe. Once up the top, you will see beautiful formations, some amazing colours and beautiful wild-flowers. Do make the effort to see Cotterills look-out and the garden of eden. ( These are two extra walks which are both approx 600 metres return). The rangers have done a magnificent job of this walk and it can take 3-4 hours with no place for a toilet, so make sure you go to the clean toilets at the start of the walk. The walk took us 3 hours 5 mins and we were definitely not pushing ourselves! At the beginning, you can also fill up your water bottle with fresh water. Please do not go too close to edges for your perfect selfie as you will fall over and then you definitely will not have any more selfies! Definitely worth making the effort.

Vacation292599 June 2021

The rim walk was absolutely spectacular. The track is very well marked and information boards along the way are interesting. Unfortunately our guided walk did nothing to enhance our experience. The guide had no local knowledge of the landscape and could only repeat what we could read for ourselves on the boards. Furthermore, despite saying walk at your own pace, there was little opportunity to stop to enjoy the views and do anything other than quickly snap a photo and rush to catch up. Despite having to sign a waiver that we would carry two litres of water, we weren’t given any rest breaks to stop and have a drink. What is suggested to be a three to four hour walk was completed in 2 3/4 hours. I’m dreadfully disappointed that something that was meant to a highlight of my first trip to central Australia was spoilt by an incompetent guide. I wish we had done the walk independently.

happyaussie255100 May 2021

We did the kings canyon last week I got halfway up but a fear came over me climbing the steps and said to my friends I cannot do this felt unsafe but my two friends did the climb and did the four hour walk In Two hours I did the bottom section looking up the canyon seeing the walkers up the top they looked like a fly standing on the ledges, I sat talking to people in a nice tranquil spot enjoying the budgies etc and talking to many AAT passengers etc took many pics from below but I think you need strong knees to do the climb the couple I went with said I missed out on a beautiful sight

northofsydney March 2021

We booked this late afternoon direct at the resort reception and Markus met ourselves and 1 other couple right on 6am for the short drive to the canyon. Markus was just sensational in all aspects amd the walk itself was an absolute highlife of our extensive road trip throughout central Australia His knowledge, interactions and general interests was worth every cent and so much better than doing the walk by ourselves

mgh1965 March 2021

Definitely worth the effort. I have done this walk twice , once 20 years ago. Get there at sunrise before it gets too hot & take lots of water. Be very careful & look where you tread. The scenery is SPECTACULAR!

kaz51 March 2020

My King’s Canyon experience was part of a 4-day tour with AAT Kings through Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions. Our driver Gaz gave great advice, and our guide for the Rim Walk was also really good. What none of us could understand, however, was, unlike the walk with the guide from King’s Canyon Resort, which departs at 6:30 am, why the AAT-guided Rim Walk didn’t start until 8:30? This effectively means that participants complete the last part of the walk between 10:30 and 11:30 when temperatures are soaring. We really felt that this puts AAT clients at unnecessary heightened risk. I still highly recommend this tour, and AAT Kings staff were extremely re: our safety. But I would really urge AAT Kings organizers to reconsider the start time.

colleen2017 March 2020

WOW what an amazing day. A big thank you to our amazing driver Ree and guide Jack. You were both extremely professional informative and punctual. Such a great day out a must do for sure.

anonofbiggs October 2019

We did the half day tour to kings canyon from Ayers Rock resort starting out at 4.15am!! We hadn’t realised that it was a 3.5 hour journey in each direction. This made the creek walk which is also offered as an easy option not really viable as it takes about an hour whilst the rim walk is about 4hrs plus. It is a very hard climb to get up to the rim, which we had expected - but don’t let anyone kid you that once up there it is a nice flat easy walk! It is very uneven, and involves a lot more climbing. The scenery is interesting but in our view not worth the effort or the journey time. We went with AAT Kings and the staff were very helpful.

carolc282 September 2019

We had an option to do the Rim Walk or Canyon Walk. We chose the Rim Walk and Allie was our guide. On the rim walk the first part is the hardest, as there area 500 steps to get past. The steps are stones in set concrete, which is very well done, but are at irregular heights which makes it a bit harder. Allie was very patient with us all. We took the steps in 200 lots which was great. The rest of the walk was great and the scenery was breathtaking. Take plenty of water. The recommendation is no less than 2 litres.

708henryv August 2019

Recently visited this place on a AAT Kings tour. Our crew were wonderful. Melissa took us for a rim walk in the canyon. She gave us lots of information of the area, local indigenous information, fauna and flora. She kept us well informed throughout the walk. Highly recommended.

Arlo255093 July 2019

Onve you get to the top of the first walk [very strenous and you need to take your time and rest often] the views across the landscape are spectacular. The walk is signposted and although there are no boardwalks the path is quite easy to walk on if you are patient.

DebSym72 July 2019

Located deep inside Watarrka National Park. We did the rim walk which was approximately 6.5km at a leisurely 2h 55mins. What a fantastic hike! The landscape was almost Mars like! Loved it and would highly recommend!

Mimigogirl July 2019

We didn't do a guided rim walk... and it's not necessary to do so. Most people I would say just go it alone. TAKE A FLY NET - the flies are terrible, and a fly net certainly makes life bearable. If you can't lay your hands on a fly net (they were all sold out when we were there) take a handkerchief or scarf to wrap around your face when they become too bad. The most difficult part of this walk is getting up to the top of the rim. There is a well-defined climb which is VERY steep and if you’re young and fit it’s pretty doable. I’m not young or fit, but still managed to get myself up to the top – sometimes on all fours in the really steep parts. The walk is well defined by markers which are easy to spot, and there are also informational signs along the way to add interest. There are also 3 or 4 first aid stations and people are encouraged to make use of these if they are under duress – but make sure to tell the park managers if you’ve used any of the items so they can be replenished. Be sure to take water with you - it's a 4-hour walk and even in winter you'll need to drink.

PhilipM817 May 2019

Access to the rim walk is along a path from the car park. At the end of the path the walk turns into a climb that can get quite steep in places. Though there is the occasional scramble most of the climb is up steps. It is said that the climb is quite strenuous but our group was mostly people of pension age apart from our guide Marcus. That said the climb to the rim is not the end of it: included in the approx 6 km walk around the rim are quite a few steps to climb and descend so a reasonable level of fitness is required. For those who suffer vertigo as I do, there is a small section near the top of the initial climb which is a bit hairy but the rest of the walk is ok. Once at the top, the walk takes one through amazing rock formations and beautiful vistas. Half way through the walk is a side track to "the garden of Eden", a waterhole set in a rocky basin that is both beautiful and restful. It is sacred to the locals, so no swimming. This walk was a feast for the eyes and the spirit and was most definitely the highlight of our two week visit to the NT. Marcus was a perfect guide, explaining various features along the route but allowing plenty of quiet time for silent appreciation of the natural beauty.

CourtlyVagabond May 2019

I want to give this tour a minus score. I went on the full day tour to Kings Canyon from Yulara late last year. I was, and still am so very disappointed and angry about this tour. The brochure says the guide will talk about points of interest and local history on the return trip. What it does NOT say is that we will be forced to listen to over 3 hours of virtually non-stop misinformation, personal life story, personal opinions, and virtue-signalling drivel with a distinctly racist bent! Our bus driver and his offsider had a mundane routine of chatting back and forth between themselves over the microphone which quickly descended into a monologue by our driver. A couple of times we were told that people have lived on this continent for 140,000 years which is of course absurd. The best evidence is for 50,000 years and limited evidence for 70,000 years. The untruths this man was spouting were incredible. Sadly, as I am unfamiliar with the local history I was unable to discern fact from fiction which means it was a missed opportunity to learn about the area, it's people, and the stations on it. Throughout the 3 hour trip our driver tortured his captives with deeply offensive anti-westerner racist commentary and ridiculous romanticised ideas of Aboriginal people. I hate to think what any of our foreign fellow travellers made of all this. I don't know how anyone can drive safely and talk so much. His uninvited opinions on a variety of topics flowed freely in his auditory assault on his hapless passengers. To top it all off, at the end after he dropped 2 older ladies off he made a disparaging comment about them talking too much because apparently they had been talking quietly between themselves! I complained to AATKings in a letter and received the standard polite 'we're sorry your impressions of what happened weren't favourable, we will speak to the driver, but we won't refund your money' response. After travelling overseas and extensively within Australia and doing many tours of varying quality over the years, the AATKings tour of Kings Canyon is the worst I have ever done.

tallsheep April 2019

The Kings Canyon rim walk should be done very early, just as the National Park opens ans the sun is up. The first part is a steep 400 metre step-climb but after that it is relatively easy. The views across the canyon, beehive rock formations, exposed cliff faces and the Garden of Eden are all fantastic. It takes 3 - 4 hours to complete and you might get back before the flies are out! The 3.5 hour drive from Yulara is well worth it and the roads in that part of Oz are empty.

whitmore_fan January 2019

The Kings Canyon rim walk is amazing and definitely worth the trip to Kings Canyon. It is a 3 hour drive from Uluru airport but the roads are good, there are a couple of service areas on the way and other tourists so you don’t feel too isolated! After all, this is the centre of Oz, in the desert! The rim walk is tough at first and requires some decent fitness and mobility but once up on the rim the walking is relatively easy. The views are amazing, the walk is well sign posted but go early to miss the worst of the heat. It takes about 3 hours or so, take plenty of water and enjoy. You won’t regret it.

yanski1976 October 2018

This place really is awe-inspiring!! We’d heard so many great things about this place but had pretty low expectations. We were surprised at how busy it was with tour groups. We were worried the kids would hate the “3-4 hour” walk but they loved every minute and surprisingly didn’t complain or ask “how much longer”. The stairs at the beginning were pretty steep and some areas are a little scary but there are various emergency areas where help could be called if you did get into trouble. Would be great to do it a little slower but the kids’ might not have been happy spending more than 2 hours walking.

Kasbah102 September 2018

Once you get up the initial steep step climb the walk around the rim of the canyon is easy to navigate with spectacular views. Don’t miss Garden of Eden. Total Walk will take minimum of 2-3hour although there are shorter walks also.

Maggiesdad2018 September 2018

Picked up at 0430 from Sails resort Ayers Rock resort by AAT coach and met by Guide Sarah and Driver Jason.A long drive through the early and dark morning,stopping for a cooked breakfast after sunrise at Kingscreek station before final 30 kms to Kings Canyon carpark arriving around 0830.Initial scramble up some steep rock steps (500 apparently) for those embarking on the rim walk,to reach the start of the rim walk.Lots of great views over the next 3 hours with stair/step descents and ascents but nothing too arduous but likely harder in summertime temps (we walked early September).Lunch at Kings Canyon resort - not a great range of dining options but beer is cold in the pub - and then commenced the long journey home stopping at Mt Conner lookout and another comfort stop at roadside stop with Blokes (Men) and Shielas (women) toilets before returning to Resort by 1730.A long day travelling but made interesting by the friendly and informative commentary by our guide Sarah and especially our driver Jason whose local historical knowledge,anecdotes and passion for the flora and fauna of the region was outstanding (and an excellent driver to boot).

VALD2010 March 2018

There is no doubt that Kings Canyon is the one of the most amazing places in the world and there are no right words to describe the stunning landscape of Australia’s Red Centre and feelings that arises during this early morning trip. We felt delighted by having as our tour guide Karl, who was especially professional and showed deep knowledge in history of this marvelous place, in biology of plants and animals of this place and ....psychology of people. Karl made this trip safe and pleasant for everyone.

1nightor2 February 2018

We did the rim walk on our own, it was fantastic, just make sure you have a bit of fitness behind you..

Michael Y November 2017

A trip to central Australia is a journey of delights. Kings Canyon Guided Rim Walk brought forward the true majesty of the land, highlighting the deep oranges of the rocks the mighty natural formations along with a chance to achieve varying levels of challenges, depending on your ambition. The steep climb at the beginning is the toughest part and all over in 8 - 10 minutes. The rest of the walk is so breath taking showing off ancient rock formations, deep dark pools and prehistoric cycads. Our guide explained so much to our small group because he cared so much about the region with its history, geology and the First Nation people who have so much history behind this amazing walk.

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