Kings Canyon: Full-Day Tour from Ayers Rock Resort
- Transportation included
- Duration: 12 hours
Our tour guide was a 20 year old, mulleted Melbourner named Jakob. He was an exceptional guide. Our three hour hike along the hike was packed with fascination information both geological and biological. Like many features in nature, water had the most dramatic impact on this canyon. 450 million years ago this rock formation was the sea bed in an ocean. These fossilised ripples were seen throughout the trail. Furthermore, the dramatic canyon expands in size because of rainwater and its impact. The plant life had developed complex systems of mating in these harsh conditions. Water was used and stored efficiently. The aptly named 'Garden of Eden' showcased the storage capacity for rainwater. Unsurprisingly, lush green trees grew in this area. One aspect of this trip which impressed me was the depth and variety of the knowledge of our guide Jakob. Only 20 years old and a temporary transplant from Melbourne, there was never a question asked in which an answer evaded him.
This is a long day from 4am but well worth it for the wonderful hike around the canyon rim. The requirement for 3litres water per person means people would need to drink a cupful every 15 mins and there wasn't anybody close to that. It's a big weight to carry for most of the 3 hrs when 2 litres would be more than enough and there's plenty of cold water and a nice cold towel back at the bus. King's Canyon is more spectacular than Uluru or the Olgas and not to be missed while visiting the red centre.
This was an excellent tour. Kings Canyon was my favourite activity in NT. A magical and breath taking place. Will & Dill were excellent hosts. It is a long tour but totally worth it. I was able to sleep on the bus both ways and they stopped the perfect amount of times with access to toilets, food etc. The bush brekky was top notch! Overall very pleased and a great memory of my trip. The climb wasn't that strenuous but we did have lovely weather (not too hot).
So, so happy we decided to do this hike! I was initially concerned because I didn't see it much when I was researching for my trip, but I am glad we did it. Jake, our guide, was very friendly and super attentive-my dad is on the older side and he made sure to give us proper warning and help in the more strenuous parts of the walk. He was highly focused on our safety and offered plenty of interesting facts and knowledge through the trek.
Wonderful hiking experience. 3 hours was just enough in the heat. Only thing that we wished was that they didn’t require you to bring 3 liters of water per person. A lot of extra weight to carry. 2 liters each would have been enough