Kings Canyon is part of the Watarrka National Park, and for the Aboriginal people, it's one of the most culturally significant areas of Australia. It's only 300km from Uluru and may be just as breathtakingly beautiful – if not more so. The canyon's sandstone walls are 100m high and, when you perch yourself at the top, you'll have unbelievable views of the surrounding desert. It's also unusual because, despite the heat, there are lush palms growing in the gullies of the rock. And, just like Uluru, Kings Canyon's walls change colour as the sun rises and sets.
While you're here, you can walk around the rim of the canyon, which is 6km all the way around. Halfway along the walk, you'll pass by the Garden of Eden, and then, a bit further on is Kathleen Springs, a waterhole with picnic tables. Towards the end of the walk are the Kestrel Falls, which usually only flow after heavy rain. There are plenty of other walking trails you can take, the most popular one being the Giles Track, which goes around the rim and then continues on much further. You'll even see the unusual rock formations that make up The Lost City in the Watarrka National Park.
If walking in the desert isn't really your thing, you can get a bird's eye view of the canyon and desert on a helicopter ride, explore the 4x4 tracks or even take a camel tour through the outback!
After such a big day out, you'll probably be famished. Kings Canyon Resort puts on a mean four-course dinner, appropriately named "Under a Desert Moon". All of the produce is locally grown and, you guessed it, you'll be dining under the night sky.
To get to Kings Canyon, you'll need to fly into Alice Springs, which is about 450km (a four-hour drive) away. Check out these cheap flights to Alice Springs for a great deal. From there, you can jump on a tour bus, or hire a car and drive to King's Canyon to explore. Of course, while you're in the outback, it would be a shame not to visit iconic Uluru, which is about 300km from Kings Canyon. If you've decided to hire a car, it will be easy for you to drive to Australia's most famous rock formation. Otherwise, most tour companies in the area do a loop between Kings Canyon, Uluru and The Olgas, which are 35km from Uluru.
So wot are you waiting for? Book your flights and Kings Canyon accommodation today and get ready for an outback adventure of a lifetime!
Hotels in Kings Canyon start at AU$151 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.