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Last updated: 13 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Mark Chipperfield

While it’s not uncommon to visit Kings Canyon on a day trip from Yulara (Uluru), there’s a special delight in overnighting here.

Located about 3 hours’ drive from Yulara this property also provides unrivalled access to the Watarrka National Park – activities include escorted walks, indigenous experiences and helicopter tours.

Accommodation options range from up-scale glamping tents to motel-style rooms and sites for both tents and campervans, so this property will appeal to couples, families with young children and also solo travellers.

It’s the perfect base for exploring Kings Canyon and this ancient desert landscape.

Surrounding area

The lodge sits alone in the Outback landscape, just 15 minutes’ drive from Kings Canyon and the hiking trails and swimming holes of the Watarrka National Park.

It’s a surreal and beautiful wilderness, rich in eroded mountains, high escarpments and red desert.

The silence is blissful and the stars unlimited – it’s about as isolated as you can get in Central Australia.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

People dining outside at sunset for the 'Under a Desert Moon' dining experience

‘Under a Desert Moon’ dining experience

Watarrka National Park, Northern Territory, Australia[1 miles]

This unique Outback experience, hosted by the Kings Canyon Resort, sees you transferred to a secret location, free of light pollution, to dine by firelight and beneath the Southern sky’s canopy of stars. The evening kicks off with drinks and canapes at Carmichael’s restaurant.

Best for ages: 18+ | £40 | 5 hours

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Kings Canyon

Watarrka National Park, Northern Territory, Australia[5.1 miles]

A stunning 100m-deep gorge that epitomises the raw beauty of Central Australia. Wild and colourful desert landscapes, and excellent walking in the Australian Outback.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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