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Guide To Doing The Kings Canyon Rim Walk With Kids!

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Our Australian road trip opened my eyes to the strength and resilience of my daughters, and one such experience that proved this was when we did the Kings Canyon Rim Walk in Watarrka National Park.

The Australian Outback is a vast and desolate place, with canyons, gorges, creeks and incredible rock formations. It’s an adventurers playground, but not one people usually think about taking their kids to.

I’m sure if we were living a normal life; we’d not have the opportunity, or be open to testing our kid’s limits of capability.

The helicopter parenting instead takes over, and we impose the limits onto our children based on our fears and conditions.

“You’re too young for that. You’re not strong enough to do it. You might fall and hurt yourself.”

But, out here on the road, in the Red Centre of Australia, you’re plonked into adventures that force you to redefine what’s possible. If you’re thinking of doing the Kings Canyon Rim Walk with your kids, here’s how you do it…

About The Kings Canyon Rim Walk

  • Distance: 5.5 kilometre walk
  • Time: 3-4 hours.
  • Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
  • Grade: 4
  • Terrain: Natural surface with some stone paths
  • Start/Finish: Kings Canyon carpark
  • Wheelchair friendly? No
  • Permit required? Yes, you can purchase a 3-day permit from the Alice Springs Visitor Centre

The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is one of the most incredible hikes in the Australian Outback, and takes you through the iconic gorge of Kings Canyon, deep into the “Garden of Eden”, up to Priscilla’s Crack (a famous split between the rocks that overlook the canyon), and to viewpoints that give you panoramic views of the canyon.

Savannah, Kalyra and Caroline walking up a rock trail in kings canyon

It’s not an easy walk – there’s a steep climb up a stone staircase of around 500 steep steps to watch out for, which fortunately is at the start of the hike, and then you have the choice of descending into the gorge or staying at the top of the canyon.

The hike is not only scenic, but important to the local people. The canyon’s traditional owners, the Purnululu people, consider this site sacred. Especially the watering hole which the trail crosses over.

Please be respectful when visiting and do not allow your kids to splash around in the waterhole or damage any rocks.

Look with your eyes, not your hands.

craig standing on a rock cliff

Getting there

From Uluru, Kings Canyon is a three-hour drive north along the…

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