Kings Canyon is part of the rocky trifecta of the Northern Territory, along with Uluru and Kata Tjuta. The walls are made up of two layers of sandstone walls, with solidified sand dunes at the top of the cliffs.
The Rim Walk is around 6km and takes approximately 3 hours to complete. You get great views of the canyon, exploration of the Garden of Eden and a walk through the solidified sand dunes. The path can be quite challenging and strenuous so make sure you take plenty of water with you. Also, if you’re interested in bush tucker, check out the native figs in Garden of Eden. There were so many ripe figs on the trees, we didn’t feel bad about having a few for a quick snack.
Kings Canyon Resort is a few kilometres down the road and offers accommodation, a general store, a petrol station, a pub and a café. Don’t get your hopes up about phone reception because there isn’t any, and if you can’t afford the accommodation rates, free camping is available at Salt Creek Rest Area, about 120km south east of Kings Canyon.
Not far from Kings Canyon is Kathleen Springs, with an easy walking path to the spring. As we walked, butterflies fluttered all around us, and one even landed on Dave’s foot. We also passed some old ruins that were once used by cattle drovers. The calm waterhole at the end is a great place to sit down and take a moment, before walking back to the car park.