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Kings Canyon | Northern Territory, Australia

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Australia
24° 15' 7.0308" S, 131° 34' 23.556" E
AU
Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon - Photo: Markus Jaritz

Kings Canyon is part of the Watarrka National Park. Part of the gorge is a sacred Aboriginal site and visitors are discouraged from walking off the walking tracks. Three walks exist at Kings Canyon.

The 1,25 mi (2 km) (return) and approximately 1 hour Kings Creek Walk traces the bottom of the gorge. At the end of the walk is a platform, with views of the canyon walls above.

The 3,75 mi (6 km) (loop) and 3-4 hour Kings Canyon Rim Walk traces the top of the canyon. A steep climb at the beginning of the walk, which locals call "Heartbreak Hill" (or "Heart Attack Hill", due to its steepness), takes visitors up to the top, with spectacular views of the gorge below and of the surrounding landscape. About half way during the walk, a detour descends to Garden of Eden, a permanent waterhole surrounded by lush plant life. The last half of the walk passes through a large maze of weathered sandstone domes, reminiscent of the Bungle Bungle. A slow descent brings the visitor back to the starting point. The loop can also be done in reverse (anti-clockwise), but the National Park Rangers encourage visitors to walk in one direction.

The 13,75 mi (22 km) Giles Track connects Kings Canyon to Kathleen Springs and is popular with more adventurous hikers.

More infos: Wikipedia

 

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon - Photo:  Ausemade

Kings Canyon - Photo: leo1383

Kings Canyon - Photo: David Gill

Kings Canyon - Photo: leo1383

Kings Canyon - Photo: Ulrich Greger

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon

SUBMITTED ON 05.27.2013.