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Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)
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Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)

By AAT Kings
Recommended by 91% of travellers
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Experience Kings Canyon on this customizable day trip from Ayers Rock. Leave the details and logistics to your guide—just choose whether you want a strenuous trek on the canyon rim or an easier one on the creek bed. You can also opt for a camel ride after breakfast at the Kings Creek cattle station. End the tour based on the option you booked⁠—returning to Ayers Rock Resort
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S$244.67
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Ages 0-99, max of 58 per group
Duration: 12h 30m
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Highlights
  • Choose your adventure with a customizable hiking experience in Kings Canyon
  • Stops for breakfast (included) and lunch (own expense,) so you don't have to carry food with you
  • Learn about the aboriginal history and geology of the site from your guide
  • Transportation options make for a relaxing experience

  • Professional Local Guide
  • Pickup and drop off from all hotels within Ayers Rock Resort
  • Super comfortable luxury vehicle including: free wifi, in seat USB, air conditioning & W/C
  • Breakfast at an Kings Creek Station- a working cattle and camel station!
  • Learn all about the outback and spectacular Kings Canyon with your expert local guide
  • 6 km hike around the Kings Canyon Rim Walk- 3hrs
  • Option of shorter Kings Canyon Creek Bed Walk- 1 hr return
  • Entry/Admission - Kings Creek Station
  • Entry/Admission - Kings Canyon
What's not included
  • Lunch and Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Kings Canyon

Start out your adventurous day with convenient pickup at your Ayers Rock Resort accommodation, which means you don't have to worry about navigating or directions on the way into the Red Centre. Spend the ride relaxing and snapping photos of the rugged scenery before reaching Kings Canyon for your trek. Stop for breakfast at the cattle station, a family-run operation that offers camel rides (own expense), so you can see how the early Australian settlers experienced the Outback for the first time. Continue to Watarrka National Park, where your guide will fill you in on the history and geology of the sandstone gorge, as well as its sacred meaning to the Lilla and Ulpinyali people. Choose between two walk options in the canyon: the 3.5-mile (6-kilometer) strenuous Rim Walk or the more leisurely Creek Bed Walk, which runs 1 mile (2 kilometers) along the valley floor. Refuel with lunch (own expense) and a swim at Kings Canyon Resort before returning to Ayers Rock.

Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Please note, departure and return times vary throughout the year due to different sunrise times, as such the tour time on your voucher may not be accurate. Depending on your pick-up location this tour departs from 4.30 AM (Apr-Sep) and from 4 AM (Oct-Mar). Please contact AAT Kings Reservations Team on 1300 228 546/ +61 2 9028 0880 to reconfirm your tour 24-48 hours prior to departure and to check your exact pick-up time to avoid missing your tour. Please be at your pickup location 10 minutes prior to your reconfirmed pickup time.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2230Y19_Y20

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Due to steep and uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes
  • A minimum of 3 litres of water is required for those participating in the 6km Rim Walk. The supplier will provide water, you just need to bring your own water bottles!
  • While this tour isn't suitable for guests travelling in a wheelchair due to the nature of the walks involved, guests in a wheelchair are welcome on our tours provided they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require assistance from the supplier to embark and disembark the vehicle.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, comfortable protective clothing, warm layers in cooler months
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 58 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)
  • Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays/wipes are available for guest distribution. Group sizes will be continuously reviewed to align with government recommended protocols.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)?
How much is Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)?
Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru) price starts from S$245.52. Discover and book Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru) on Tripadvisor
What is the Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru) cancellation policy?
Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru) cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru) on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)?
Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru) is hosted by AAT Kings. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact AAT Kings on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru) on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2230Y19_Y20

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Kings Creek Station
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Kings Canyon
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
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  • 3
    Discovery Kings Canyon
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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lindamM5240ZC
lindamM5240ZC
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Rent a car it’s cheaper and you’ll see more
Was not worth the money and warm wine and cheese and crackers wasn’t to everyone’s liking, the fact you had only 3
tattooedtraveller_uk
tattooedtraveller_uk
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a decent trip.
WE were picked up on time, the guide and driver were enthusiastic and knowledgeable but it wasn't always easy to he
tattooedtraveller_uk
tattooedtraveller_uk
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pretty lights
This was well organised, the bus arrived to collect us at the time that was agreed. The lady doing to tour clearly
D7516BLrobertn
D7516BLrobertn
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Ripped off!
Totally unacceptable!! I cancelled this experience within the contract period only to have the full cost deducted a
annemarier587
annemarier587
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Spectacular
What a magical experience, definitely worth the early wake up! Friendly guide. Watch as the colours change and the
LizB2210
LizB2210
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Not enough time
It was definitely something that had to be done. However the pace was such that in order to keep up with the group
258libbyh
258libbyh
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Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunset Tour
The whole experience was superb and Tracy our coach driver was very knowledgeable and informative of the area she i
jarlalee
jarlalee
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Worth It
Hardest walk I've ever done, but worth it. Remember to bring water, but also remember carrying a lot of things in y
Amy C
Amy C
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Absolutely perfect!
Incredible!!!! I booked the sunrise tour because I was unable to get the sunset tour because it was sold out. I wa
LIngers26
LIngers26
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This really isn't 'Wheelchair Accessible' and the description should be amended.
First up, this has potential to be a great experience - as long as you can walk. It is not, however, wheelchair ac
shunt202
shunt202
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Great tour
Great tour and enjoyed experiencing Ayres Rock at sunrise. We didn’t get the best sunrise due to clouds but I can i
Finglette
Finglette
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Windy Walpa Gorge on a cloudy December day
It was an early morning wake-call at 4.00 am leaving Sails in the Desrt at 4.40 am. The coach was spacious and com
Asbjørn E
Asbjørn E
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Spectacular.
Marvelous walk with very informative, knowledgeable and friendly guides! Spectacular. Will never forget it.
A1588NPalanb
A1588NPalanb
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Breathtaking
Absolutely fantastic, the experience of a lifetime!!!!! We were very lucky was a small group that had never met bef
veronicabrydon3
veronicabrydon3
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Worth the walk
Fantastic even with the early start, I was concerned about the walk into the gorge..rocky uneven surface but both g
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Precious Tendai C
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
Anna, Frank and John were amazing and complemented each other very well. My wife and l absolutely enjoyed this activity and will definitely recommend it to friends and family.Well done team!
Written 1 January 2023
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Jetsetter202
Melbourne, Australia76 contributions
Fantastic day trip. Kings Canyon is amazing and worth the drive and early start for this tour. The guides were fantastic, they were very knowledgeable of the area and shared lots of interesting stories & facts during the trip.
There are 2 options for the hike on the tour, we did the Rim walk which was incredible. It has some steep steps & hills but the pace is very slow, making it not too strenuous. Highly recommend this tour. We are a family with 2 teenagers aged 13 and 15, they both loved the tour. Definitely a highlight of our trip to Uluru.
Written 17 December 2022
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Jorge A
3 contributions
Don't miss out this great experience. If you are into geology, you will enjoy it even more.
Tour starts before sunrise and will require an acceptable level of fitness. The start of the trip is the hardest part and you have the opportunity to quit after the first 200 steps climbing the canyon... hard work but the reward is worth every step.
Breakfast was included but lunch is at your own expense
John was an extraordinary guide!
Written 11 November 2022
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Francine B
1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Couples
What an incredible day! John and Dax were brilliant guides, told informative and fun stories, took great care of us and pointed out all the highlights both on the way and during the walk. The rim walk was wonderful. There is no other word that can describe it better than … Spectacular.
Written 4 November 2022
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Pathfinder492220
2 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
Well organized and fun day trip. We left early in the morning but got to watch a beautiful sunrise as we traveled to Kings Canyon. Our guides Dax and John were excellent. Dax, our driver, kept us well informed of plans and our timeline organized. John provided lots of good information, stories, and a few dad jokes sprinkled in. They were both very interesting and well informed. The breakfast was delicious and I was happy to have an option of a barista made coffee. I took the easier hiking option led by Dax and I did not regret it. He described the trees and plant life along the creek and how the aboriginal people used them. Lunch and local beers at the resort were great. I really enjoyed this trip.
Written 4 November 2022
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blackeldo
Kiama, Australia2,203 contributions
Sep 2022
I wasn't too sure about this. A mega-early start, over 700km and 8 hours in a bus with a real hard 3.5hour trek half way thru. But I was really determined to see KINGS CANYON and to trek it, so after alternative plans fell through, I went for it. 
It turned out the favourite day of my RED CENTRE week.

The AAT coach picked me up at 4.35 AM at the YULARA campground bus stop. Guide ANNA and driver JASON were real pros - after giving a basic itinerary of the up trip they shut up and allowed us more sleep. I'm not a good sleeper in transport but after the previous several days of trekking I cut quite a few zzzzs.
Nor long after daybreak we reached KINGS CREEK STATION which is abt. 35km south of the canyon - these folk put on an inclusive buffet brekka which I thought pretty good after my non-cooked efforts in the campground "kitchen".
I checked the rest of the stop zone out because apparently you can camp. I think they have cabins too. (future trips? - nah, but at one stage I planned to stay in the area).
Lots of touristy stuff for sale.

Arriving at the Canyon (this is abt. 5km off the main road) we split into 2 groups - one doing the tough RIM WALK (6km/3.5hr/rating 4), the second the easier CREEK WALK (shorter/rating 2). I was surprised when 3/4 of us opted for the killer.
The RIM WALK starts with a nightmare section - 500 very steep, very rough stairs. Guide ANNA stopped at 200 to allow doubters to change minds and descend in time to meet JASON'S group. About 10 returned.
I found fitness no problem, but with stiffness and loss of balance with my 2 new knees I took the stairs slower than back in the day. ANNA waited at the top - one of many stops where she explained the geology, flora, fauna and history or allowed time for pix. At no time did I think I was holding the group up. Sometimes I arrived mid-pack.
The walk gets easier at the top - average trekkers should have no problems. I still had to go a bit slow on the rougher sections.
ANNA gave us the drum real well. I found her an excellent communicator and a font of knowledge. She urged us to drink plenty of water on this 35degree day. I had a 2 liter bladder with mouthpiece-tube in my backpack from my 2015 10 hour trek into the GRAND CANYON on a similar day - I stuck the mouthpiece over my shoulder and sip as needed - it proved excellent. The bus had plenty of water and electrolyte to replenish stocks.
At about 60% of the trek the canyon narrows and after descending a bit you cross to the other side on a short metal bridge. Wooden stairs take you to the top of the southern rim - easy-peasy after the many more rough stone steps at the start.
If you head left at the bottom of the stairs, a few minutes on an irregular trail gets you to the GARDEN OF EDEN WATERHOLE. 
The GE WATERHOLE is permanent but no swimming - no matter; KINGS CANYON RESORT where we later have lunch has a pool.
I have seen pix of a waterfall into this pool - must have been soon after heavy rain. No swimming but lotsa shade.
From the top you could appreciate the narrow eastern end of the gorge.
The descent on the southern rim was more gradual (thank God!) and 3.5 hours from the start we reached the coach. JASON had returned from the creek walk in time to drive participants to the helicopter site were some chose an extra-cost overflight.
Then it was onboard for the short run (6km out to the highway; turn right, go another 10km) to the lunch stop at KINGS CANYON RESORT.

KCR seems a better option for canyon visitors than our breakfast stop, KINGS CREEK STATION - it's bigger, has a much better dining room/bar and campground incl pool etc. We had an hour for lunch (we pay). I had a toasted sandwich and beer - the price while high was more reasonable than at Yulara.

The drive home seemed less than 4 hours - ANNA and JASON kept us entertained with facts about the history and characters of the area in between silent periods to allow us more shut-eye.
We had 2 stops:
1 - MOUNT CONNOR 
This ULURU look-alike is106 km west of YULARA. It's actually a mesa with lower areas protected from erosion by a hard cap of sandstone and is on the grounds of  CURTAIN SPRINGS station (our next stop). You can do paid tours from there or YULARA.
There is a dedicated viewing area beside the highway. North, across the road is a sandhill viewpoint where to the north you can see part of LAKE AMADEUS, a salt lake which caused lots of grief to early explorers.
2 - CURTAIN SPRINGS WAYSIDE INN
Another 15km closer to YULARA, this roadhouse is the original homestead of the huge cattle station of CURTAIN SPRINGS -station and roadhouse developed by the SEVERIN FAMILY.  We stopped for abt a half hour - I had a beer which I thought reasonably priced given the isolation.
There are eats, drinks and touristy stuff to buy, pay showers and you can stay in pay cabins and the free campground (which is all red dirt - but hey, you can't complain about the price). Closeness to ULURU means plenty of RV people camp for free and drive in for a few days.
Back when I thought I could get a reasonably priced rental car I originally planned to spend a few nights here. COVID ruined everything.

It took the bus less than an hour to get me back to YULARA campground - late afternoon but in plenty of time for dinner.

THE BIG QUESTION:
Is KINGS CANYON better than ULARA/KATA TJUTA? Despite this claim from many I reckon it's about the same and  certainly worth the long trip. But I wouldn't travel to the red center to see it alone.
If you are staying in Alice Springs a visit could be real good of you come by way of the WEST MCDONALD RANGES which have many touristy spots. You save many kms coming that way but will need a 4wd. I think AAT KINGS run a daytrip, but it comes by way of the longer sealed highway route.
From Yulara, if you haven't your own transport, the AAT-KINGS daytrip is the way to do it.

Note without a bus you will need a car at the Canyon - there is no accommodation at the canyon, and KINGS CANYON RESORT is too far to walk.
AAT also run an exxy non-daytour bus YULARA to KCR, but I couldn't work out how to get to the canyon from there. I'm a world class hitcher btw - but scarce traffic and post COVID caution ruled that out.
Written 17 October 2022
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Vacation424234
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Couples
Amazing day. The guides were excellent. They didn’t stop all day. From greeting us at the coach at 4am until we were farewelled goodbye at 5pm. They really made the day run so smoothly. The whole day so was well organised. I would definitely recommend the trip. It’s a long day but so worth it. Kings Canyon is so unique and beautiful. I also liked that you could do choose to do a challenging hike or a much easier one.
Written 10 October 2022
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russell-and-jennifer
hastings new zealand6 contributions
Sep 2022
Having just completed the Rim walk my wife and I are surprised to read the recent reviews. This is not because we disagree with what is said about the fabulous scenery, the excellent guides and, as some note, the uneven surfaces throughout most of the walk.

What is missing, in my opinion, is the fact that there is a seemingly self imposed time constraint to complete the walk within no more than three hours. This figure is mentioned at the start of the walk and then several ‘need to hurry up’ remarks are given en route.

This appears both wrong and unnecessary. First, the guidance on the signpost at the start of the walk state 3-4 hours. Secondly, trying to push everyone along to achieve the minimum recommended time could be construed a health and safety risk. Thirdly, the limited time requires those who need to take time to deal with constantly uneven surfaces, to focus their eyes more on the ground immediately in front of them rather than admiring the view. Finally, even within the 12.5hr tour day, which could be extended out for an extra hour anyway, their is much slack time for meal stops and other refreshments, most at own cost.

Of course, as a reader, you may think I am just grumbling and out on a limb with my comments. However, and returning to my initial comment of surprise, we were far from alone in this sentiment within our actual group and also heard the same fro. Others who had undertaken the walk on other days.
Written 19 September 2022
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Jess K
Hi Russell, Thank you very much for your feedback. I'll pass this on to relevant teams. Jess from AAT Kings
Written 1 December 2022
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Liz
1 contribution
Colin is an outstanding ambassador for AAT Kings with excellent care and support to help me complete the creek walk despite my current physical limitations. I can’t thank him enough!!
Written 16 September 2022
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Dale W
Brisbane, Australia24 contributions
Beautiful views, long day, great staff. Left Uluru at 4:30am arrived back at 5:30pm. The rim walk of the canyon had lots of stairs but amazing views, well worth all the steps. Michelle, Grace and Pete were extremely friendly and knowledgeable.
Written 15 September 2022
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