Visiting Kings Creek and Don’t Have Much Time?
If you’re looking for a short, quick walk, then the Kings Creek Walk is for you.
This walk will suit those of you not up to the more strenuous activity of the Rim Walk, but don’t worry, you won’t miss the spectacular views of the Canyon.
This shorter and easier walk travels 2.6km (return) up along Kings Creek and leads you into the floor of the Canyon where you too can be rewarded with spectacular views.
Here you can find a spot to sit or relax along the way and observe the bird life.
The entire walk takes less than an hour to complete.
Shady & Cool
The Park Service has spent a lot of money on making this walk as easy as possible and for the first few hundred metres even wheelchair bound visitors can make this section with some assistance.
For all able bodied people you’ll probably be astounded as to how much work has been put into the crazy paving along the way!
At the end of the Creek Walk is a raised platform with signage that tells you about this amazing place. Take a few minutes to just sit and relax and take in your surroundings.
On a hot day the Canyon floor is the place to be with tall trees and plenty of shade. This sheltered environment will help make wildlife spotting easier too.
If you have visited after rain then the creek may be flowing or there will be small waterholes and the place will be alive with flowering plants and birds.
It’s an easy walk back to the Kings Canyon carpark, via the same track.
What to Bring
The Kings Creek Walk is for everyone! Because it’s so short, you really don’t need to take very much at all:
Here’s our list of must-take items for all Watarrka walks:
- Water: one litre minimum
- Wide-brimmed hat
- Hiking shoes, runners or light hiking boots (leave big, heavy hiking boots at home!)
When to Walk?
The Kings Creek walk can be done at almost anytime of the year, because it’s cool and shady.
However, if you choose to hike from October-April (summer time in Australia), remember it’s very, very hot: 38-42 degrees Celsius. That’s over 100F.
If you’re doing the Kings Creek Walk in summer, we recommend the following:
- Take at least 2 litres of water per person
- Go early in the morning
- Rest often
- Don’t do the walk between 11am-4pm. It’s too bloody hot!
Even if this is the only walk you do at Watarrka, you’ll see much more of Kings Canyon (and get the best photos) than you’ll ever see just by sitting on you butt in a car or a bus!