Kings Canyon Accommodation

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Whilst it’s not as expensive to stay at as Uluru, Kings Canyon accommodation can be a little bit overpriced for what you get. The tips on this page will help you to save money.

Unlike Ayers Rock, where you can only stay at a resort that’s a got monopoly ownership of all accommodation options, at Kings Canyon there are several non-resort alternatives.

The only bad thing about Kings Canyon accommodation is that you can’t camp in the national park itself.

Hopefully, with the park now under joint management between the NT parks service and Aboriginal people, this situation will change, as many visitors say they would really like a bush camping option at Watarrka.

Kings Creek Station

Located about 30 kilometres (about 20 minutes drive) from the Canyon itself, is Kings Creek Station.

If you’re looking for cheaper Kings Canyon accommodation, then this is where we would recommend that you stay.

Kings Creek Station is a privately owned cattle-come-tourism enterprise that offers a more down to earth and experiential place to camp or park your caravan then the Kings Canyon Resort.

You see, it’s a real working cattle station – and they also farm camels. In fact, Kings Creek Station was the setting for an award-winning documentary about outback camels, Ships of the Desert, made a few years ago now.

If you stay at Kings Creek Station, you can ride a camel or go on a camel safari, go on a quad bike ride or even a helicopter flight (we recommend the one over Petermann Pound for something different!).

There’s also fuel, souvenirs, and a small shop with basic items. Kings Creek Station has full credit card and eftpos facilities.

One thing you must have when you visit Kings Creek Station is a camel burger. We guarantee, you won’t believe it’s not beef and you’ll love it!

There are various onsite accommodation options at Kings Creek Station:

  • Safari Cabins
  • Camp sites
  • Bush swag camp
  • Glamping tents (read luxury tents)

The Safari Cabins are one of the favourite style of Kings Canyon accommodation options! These lovely safari-style tents, have two beds in each tent and are fully lockable. I’ve (Amanda) have stayed in these tents, and brought my parents along.

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My mother -who does not do camping, ever!- loved the experience.

Even though it was raining when we arrived, the tents were waterproof, and quite warm.

Linen and pillows were supplied, and we had a wonderful time.

Even better, according to Mum and Dad, was the cooked breakfast the next morning that’s included in the price of accommodation.

Current prices for Safari Cabins at Kings Creek Station:

  • $113.50 per person per night (2 adults, twin share) including cooked breakfast
  • $74.50 per child (6-16 years) per night including cooked breakfast
  • $140.00 per single occupancy including cooked breakfast
  • $39.00 per swag hire (child use only 10 or under)

Please visit this page to read more about camping at Kings Creek Station

To email Kings Creek Station

Kings Canyon Resort

Kings Canyon Resort is a little like Ayers Rock Resort in that it offers a variety of accommodation styles, from luxury to budget to camping.

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Until recently, the Resort was owned by Voyages, the same company which owned Ayers Rock Resort until October 2010.

In 2009, Kings Canyon Resort was sold to an American company, Delaware North, who also run similar visitor services in Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks in the United States.

The Resort is an ‘upmarket’ (although this is questionable) Kings Canyon accommodation option, offering motel style spa rooms, along with budget rooms at the adjacent Kings Canyon Holiday Park/Caravan Park & Campground.

There’s also a restaurant, cafe, bar and an outdoor BBQ area where entertainment is provided during the peak times of year (April-October). Full eftpos and credit card facilities are available.

Fuel (including LPG), ATM and a small, but extremely expensive supermarket are located at the service station in the resort. And yes, we do really mean it’s expensive. Make sure you do your shopping in Alice Springs first or even Yulara if you’re coming from that direction!

There are two kinds of rooms at Kings Canyon Resort:

  • Standard rooms are available from A$459
  • Spa rooms start at A$525

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Whilst the accommodation is a lot cheaper at Kings Canyon than Ayers Rock, be warned that the rooms are just nice, well maintained motel rooms. They are not really luxury rooms.

If you’re looking for budget Kings Canyon accommodation, the Kings Canyon Campground has 36 Budget Lodge rooms, which are essentially backpacker-style accommodation with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Rooms are available in four person, double or twin configurations.

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I’ve (Amanda) stayed in a budget lodge room and can tell you that it was comfortable, quiet, and private, but very, very basic. The only extra in the room was a TV – which I never turned on!

The Lodge rooms have all the usual features like a refrigerator, air conditioner, linen, and tea and coffee making facilities.

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Although Kings Canyon is close approaching the same number of visitors that Ayers Rock gets per year, accommodation options are limited at present.

If you’re arriving in peak season, accommodation can be booked out and it can be very busy in the dining areas at the resort.

However there’s always camping (our favourite!).

To help you decide, you’ll find our Kings Canyon Camping page here.


  • Linda says:

    Hello, I am finding your website & information very helpful & informative.
    Just one question I have – if staying at either Kings Canyon Resort or Kings Creek Station, is there any transport from these locations to get to the actual canyon walks? We won’t have a car, and will be arriving via coach transfer from Uluru, so I’m not sure if there is any way of getting to the canyon in this situation? Many thanks for your help.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Linda,

      I think Gary has responded to you privately about this – check your inbox for the email,



      • Shanti Osborne says:

        Hi Amanda,

        I have the same question as Linda – I’m camping at Kings Canyon and arriving by coach transfer – what’s the best way to get to the hikes?

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