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Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Kings Canyon wasnt always on the map of must see places, often overlooked and passed via highways to some of the more globally know landmarks. It has gained more recognition however for its awe inspiring beauty and the largest range of plants in an Australian arid zone.
Kings Canyon Rim Walk
This is by far the most impressive walk associated with Kings Canyon. It takes you around the rim of the canyons sandstone walls, which formed when small cracks over time eroded to create the spectacular Canyons we have today.
The walk has some amazing points of view looking out and over the white and red sandstone cliffs of the canyon, also allowing you to look down the cliffs edges. The sheer height of these cliffs is 270metres, to put this in perspective; it is almost the same height as Australias tallest high-rise in Melbourne city, Eureka Towers.
Sandstone domes that can be found throughout the Canyon are looked at as bee-hive in appearance as well as the impressive weathered formations that resemble the remains of an Aztec city, earning them the apt name Lost City.
Garden of Eden
The Kings Canyon Walk takes you 270 metres down into the chasm, between the sandstone cliffs into a true oasis. Here, a natural spring waterhole surrounded by local and exotic plants and trees such as gums, bonsai looking trees and enormous prehistoric ferns that all create a truly unique landscape.
Sunset Viewing Area
At this point on the cliffs, sunsets casts light over the different types, formations and grains of sandstone resulting in an explosion of colours and hues. The sky of course also ignites into the beauty of a Central Australian sunset.
The walk involves a steep climb up to the canyon rim. It is easier from here, 6km in total which takes an average 3-4 hours. It is of medium difficulty suitable for most people with a general fitness level.
Other Kings Canyon Walks
With the diversity of the Kings Canyon area, there is naturally a few other walks on offer. This includes the Kings Creek Walk which is a much easier and shorter walk; it only should be taking around 1 hour. Kathleen Springs Walk is very similar in difficulty and length to Kings Creek Walk with a fresh water pool, BBQ, toilets and other facilities.
Giles Track is a very easy walk and 22km in length so is taken overnight. There is a camping ground along the way, visitors requiring to equip themselves with supplies including water and food.
This is a wonderful opportunity to go on a free guided walk in Kings Canyon with a Park Ranger. For more information see http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/parks/walks/pdf/cent_aust_brochure_09.pdf (requires acrobat reader)
When to Visit
Kings Canyon is accessible all year around but most comfortable to visit when it is cooler in winter months.
Kings Canyon Photos