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Kings Canyon: Full-Day Tour from Ayers Rock Resort

1. Kings Canyon: Full-Day Tour from Ayers Rock Resort

Travel from Ayers Rock Resort to the beautiful Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park, stopping for breakfast at Kings Creek Station along the way. Once at Kings Canyon, you'll make the rock climb to its rim for some marvelous views of Watarrka National Park and the spectacular surroundings. Follow the rim of the canyon along the 3-hour circuit walk, stopping to look down into the canyon gorge at various look-out points along the way. Time permitting, you may choose to descend into the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden.' While the tour is recommended for those with a good level of fitness, you may opt for the easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder-strewn canyon floor. Then, you can grab lunch at your own expense. Finally, begin your return journey to Ayers Rock Resort.

From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

2. From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

Be picked up from your Alice Springs accommodation at 7:45 AM and set off on a day of adventure and exploration! Enjoy the spectacular outback scenery and photo opportunities as you travel along the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at historic sites. Enjoy beautiful walks at Simpsons Gap, a natural rock amphitheater that is home to endangered black-footed rock wallabies. Stop at Standley Chasm for morning tea and a leisurely stroll. At Ochre Pits, discover rock walls covered by natural colored ochre, used for sacred ceremonies of the local Aboriginal people. Ormiston Gorge is up next: a great place for a swim, or to see the towering walls of the gorge and pound, local plants and wildlife. By now, you will have certainly worked up an appetite for lunch. The next stop is at Glen Helen. The landscape here is spectacular - a towering sandstone wall is the first thing you see as you arrive. The area includes views of Mount Sonder, one of the highest points in Central Australia, which changes colors with the light.  On the way back to Alice Springs, witness the famous and enchanting Ellery Creek Big Hole. This waterhole is one of Central Australia’s most pristine, so don’t forget your swimmers in the warmer months. Visit Flynns Memorial and from October to March, you may decide to partake in an incredible Sunset Camel Ride at the Camel farm (optional, at your own expense). The panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are extraordinary for their immensity and the spectacular array of sunburnt oranges, maroons and purples on display. These mighty ranges light up in brilliant oranges and reds at sunset on the return trip to Alice Springs. Get dropped off at your accommodation in Alice Springs at approximately 5:30 PM.

Explore the Amazing Kings Canyon: Walking Tour and Hike

3. Explore the Amazing Kings Canyon: Walking Tour and Hike

Your guide will escort you on the rocky climb to the rim of Kings Canyon. The views of Watarrka National Park from the top of the canyon are magnificent as are the views down into the canyon itself. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to view the canyon gorge at look-out points. Time permitting, you may choose to descend to the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden'. The walk may take up to 3 hours and is rocky and steep places. It is for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor with our Driver/Guide. Return to Kings Canyon Resort.

Lake Amadeus, Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Tour

4. Lake Amadeus, Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, board a helicopter and begin your flight over the spectacular Lake Amadeus. See the beauty of the desert as you look for camels roaming through the area where the salt lake meets the sand. Then, fly to the majestic Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Experience their powerful presence amongst the ancient sand dunes. Try and spot wild camels in their natural environment. Choose to make this tour at sunrise, sunset or during the day. This tour includes return transfers to and from any of the Hotels at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort except Emu Walk Apartments.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 232 reviews

Our tour guides were very well informed. I was very impressed by the safety and efficiency of our driver, Jacob. We saw more fauna than usual- camels, brumbies, a calf, bustards (large birds) on the road - all of which Jacob slowed well down for. We had a hearty breakfast at Kings Canyon Station, with a shop available for any extras we wanted. Kings Canyon was amazing- I am in my late fifties, moderately fit, and found the steps at the beginning challenging, but felt comfortable supported by the guides to go at my own pace. From then on, the walk was not as demanding. The views, however, were exceptional! Such a stunning canyon. Our walk lasted close to 4 hours (and being up over 40C), then we were picked up for lunch, and we had a swim at the pool. A must see! So glad we did this walk. Maybe I would advise it is less strenuous during winter!

This was a great trip. Well planned and the two tour operators were great. It was a full day, early start but was well worth it. If you can do the rim walk of the canyon, the views are spectacular. It's the first 500 steps that's the difficult part after that it's uneven but much easier to walk on. The garden of Eden was breathtaking. Good value trip and two great tour operators who both had a vast knowledge of the area.

This trip was wonderful! Our driver and guide, Felipe, was very nice and knowledgeable. We saw a lot and we had so much fun; also we had a morning tea and a very nice lunch. Absolutely adapt for a solo trip and it’s a perfect value of money. I very much suggest you to buy this tour!

It is a gorgeous trip. The tour starts very early in the morning but it is definitely worth it. The guides were great and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend the rim walk. It's only exhausting at the beginning but the view from above is incredible.

Our guide his name Philippine is very nice and humorous person and we have a nice time this trip. I will recommend to my friend thanks