The Best Backpacking Loops for Kings Canyon

When it comes to a trip to the Northern Territory, there is a lot to see, do, and enjoy. Those visiting this area and locations nearby Erldunda and Uluru should not take a single moment for granted, and be sure to take advantage of every minute of their vacation by taking in all of the sights and opportunities for adventure that they possibly can.

One such way to soak in adventure and sightseeing is through backpacking. Although backpacking isn’t for everyone, but for many, it is a favouriteactivity to do while on vacation in Australia. The following is a list of some of the best backpacking oops for Kings Canyon for travellers to the Northern Territory to consider during their stay:

  • The Rim Walk: After a challenging climb of 500 steps to the summit during this trek, you will be faced with the fantastic view of Watarrka National Park. Visitors will love this opportunity to take in the sight before them and enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer. After this, the trail descends into what is called the Garden of Eden, a beautiful green oasis that travellers would not want to miss. The colours of this 3.5-hour walk are beautiful during sunrise and sunset, the best times to take the walk. The beautiful colours of nature during this time make the Rim Walk a great opportunity to soak up some of the sights that nature has to offer.Rim Walk
  • South Wall Return Walk: This walk is actually part of the previous walk listed, the Rim Walk. The South Wall Return Walk follows a track that allows travellers to walk up the point typically used for descending during the Rim Walk, until they reach the canyon’s south wall. From here, they have a perfect view into the Garden of Eden. This walk allows people to see the canyon in a shorter timeframe, as this loop takes just 1.5 to 2 hours.Southern Wall Return Walk
  • The Kings Creek Walk: This walk takes backpackers up the canyon’s centre to look out on the valley’s left hand side. This gives them a view of the sheer cliff face at the canyon’s end, which they can take in without the strenuoustrek that backpackers must experience for the two aforementioned loops. This is a shorter walk that offers plenty of shade, making it a good choice for those in search of a more moderate trail to walk upon. This also means it is a good option for the whole family, as it is not too hot or physically demanding.Kings Creek Walk
  • Kathleen Springs Walk: This walk is one of the easiest loops available to visitors at Kings Canyon. The track features signs detailing stories of Aboriginal Culture. The trail leads walkers to a spring-fed waterhole at Kathleen Gorge, at which point visitors can take a moment to sit down and enjoy the beauty and nature surrounding them.Kathleen Springs

When it comes to backpacking in the Northern Territory, Kings Canyon is a must-see, with trail options for all ages and levels of difficulty.

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The Real Way King’s Canyon Was Formed

Kings Canyon is an extremely popular sightseeing area in the Watarrka national park in the Northern Territory. Hikers, photo buffs and those who simply love nature are amazed year after year by the vastness of it, the beautiful permanent pools at the base, and the colossal sheer walls of the structure.

These walls reach heights of two hundred meters at some points, stretching for almost two kilometers, and as a result, the best view is at the rim. For those who are more interested in traversing the stone maze, there are three distinct walks available; The two kilometer Kings Creek Walk which traces the bottom of the gorge, the six kilometer Kings Canyon Rim Walk which exposes viewers to both the peaks and pools of the gorge, and the twenty-two kilometer Giles Track for the most adventurous of hikers. With such variety, it’s easy to see why people of any interest or fitness level find it easy to immerse themselves in the spectacle.

Kings Canyon
But, how is it that such an array of formations came to be?

Canyons and other types of rock formations are formed by erosion, usually either by exposure to high wind or to water. This process usually creates a rounding on the edges of the stone, but those of you who’ve have seen Kings Canyon know that these “usual” traits don’t seem to be part of the formation.

The south wall is smooth and angular, almost as if it’s been chiseled from the stone itself, in stark contrast to the jagged and uneven edges of the north wall. The formation of both sides is due to erosion, yes, but also due to the sandstone breaking on vertical faults. Meanwhile, at the peak of a trek up a very steep slope, another striking example of erosion can be found.

The summit is home to a large number of rock formations in dome-like shapes that give the appearance of an ancient abandoned city, which covers a large area. It’s easier to maneuver up here, and man-made bridges and stairs help give access to the sprawling area of formations, which are beautifully accented by vegetation.

These unusual formations look even better with thick vegetation and waterfalls flowing after a large rain downpour.

Kings Canyon II

Many hikers and photographers find that Kings Canyon is unrivaled in terms of fantastic photo opportunities and once in a lifetime beauty. The Garden of Eden, one of the permanent pools at the base of the gorge, is accessible with the Kings Canyon Rim walk. Particularly striking when the waterfall is active, this apparent lake at the bottom of a gorge, in one of the hottest areas in the world, is truly a sight to behold.

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5 Lesser Known Sites To Visit In The Northern Territory

When it comes to visiting the Northern Territory, Australia and seeing it all it has to offer, it can be a challenge as there is so many possible spots to see!

So when it comes to deciding what to do in the Northern Territory, it couldn’t be easier to find the most popular options for activities and attractions to take part in while you are there. However, what if you are looking for a site to see that isn’t going to be crowded with tourists and other people trying to get in on the excitement?

For those looking for the lesser known attraction sites that are worth a visit in the Northern Territory, here are 5 options which you might want to add to your itinerary:

Gunlom Falls

1. Gunlom Falls: One attraction that is often unfortunately bypassed by travelers is called Gunlom Falls. Which is a beautiful and large waterfall measuring in at 30 meters tall. The swimming area below is gorgeous and, fortunately, crocodile-free! A crocodile free natural swimming area is quite rare in the Northern Territory, and not something travelers come across every day. This is definitely one of the lesser appreciated sites in the Northern Territory which is certainly worth a visit.

Binns Track

2. Binns Track: This is one of the Northern Territory’s routes for four-wheel driving, and it covers 2,191km as the road takes travelers through a number of the lesser known National Parks and nature reserves of the NT.

Arnhem Land Region

3. Arnhem Land Region: Owned by the indigenous locals, this land is a dream for nature lovers and those interested in the history of Australia. There are rocks on the land that feature the famous”X-Ray” paintings of the Aboriginals, which were painted more than 2,000 years ago. These can be found in the Arnhem Land’s western portion. Keep in mind that you’ll need to get a special permit ahead of time from the Northern Land Council to visit this area.

Brunette Downs Races

4. Brunette Downs Races: An event that has been going on for over a century! The Brunette Downs Races are held every year from June 18-21, and is a collection of horse races. The event is family friendly, and are a form of entertainment that even the kids will enjoy.


5. Katherine: Katherine is one of the less talked about towns in the Northern Territory that travellers hear about. With many attractions to offer with everything from museums, hiking, to visiting the Nitmiluk National Park’s gorges, this is definitely a worthwhile place to add to your itinerary.

All of these places are valuable additions to any itinerary for a trip to the Northern Territory of Australia. Some of the best places that Australia has to offer are the ones which are not widely discussed.

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