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After leaving Uluru and getting our luggage from the hotel, we drove to Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park), which was a 190 mile (304km) or 3h drive along highways 4 and 3.
We arrived at around sunset and stayed at the Kings Canyon Resort for one night.
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Be advised that Kings Canyon is a sparsely visited park and it can get extremely hot and there are myriads of flies. So, be prepared! Cover your face, wear sturdy footwear and bring lots of water, food and sunscreen on your hike. Or, join a guided walk from Kings Canyon Resort or an AAT Kings day trip from Uluru to Kings Canyon.
Other important general tips for hiking in Kings Canyon:
The Kings Canyon Rim hike is probably the most popular hike, but we decided for the Kings Creek Walk which is an easy 1 ¼ mile (2km) round trip hike which takes about 1h. This hike meanders along Kings Creek between the steep canyon walls and ends at a viewing platform from where you have fantastic views of the up to 100m tall canyon walls. Part of the canyon is a sacred Aboriginal site and visitors are asked to stay on the marked trail.