Kings Canyon is part of the Watarrka National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory. Sitting at the western end of the George Gill Range, Kings Canyon is approximately midway between Alice Springs and Uluru. This ancient formation of tall red rock faces that soar above dense palm forests of palms is an important conservation area and refuge for more than 600 species of native plants and animals, many unique to the area… Via: Australian Tourism
Only 20km past sensational Kings Canyon is the Kings Canyon Resort offering a hub of various accommodation options including a campground with powered and unpowered sites. This is a prime location and we highly recommend that you pre book during peak season due to high demand! As we checked in there were numerous families who were disappointed they could not secure a powered site as the campground was full.
On arrival we were greeted with smiles and friendly staff, received our map and headed into the campground area. We parked in the most amazing spot with a direct view of George Gill Range and once set up we headed out to explore. The girls were happy to discover a small playground area and a swimming pool. The pool was cold, but this didn’t stop Ashlee jumping in for a freezing dip! Crazy kid! We stopped past the service station/gift shop/grocery store which was well stocked and then headed next door to the pub. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinners as well as coffee and cake this is the ideal place to visit if you don’t feel like cooking and want to eat out for a treat!
Two things to note about Kings Canyon Resort Caravan Park:
- There is NO mobile or cell phone service! Which was absolutely fabulous for a forced tech free break! (Want to know more about going tech-free with your kids? Read our article here!) We appreciated 3 nights of pure screen-free bliss, spending our mornings (while it was cooler) discovering Kings Canyon and the afternoons lazing around the campground, reading books, meeting new families, enjoying happy hours and generally having fantastic family time against a show stopping sunset.
- You need to be aware of dingos! This location was an education for the kids about dingo safety and respect as we enjoyed staying in their habitat. There are warning signs at each turn and gates on the toilet facilities (which you needed to ensure you diligently close!) We spotted many dingos walking past our set up at night, so it’s very important to make sure your kids know what to do if faced with a dingo and to make sure all your food scraps and items are disposed of properly. Here’s a good reference from Fraser Island in case you are wondering…
The campground is expanding and while we stayed they were mid-build of a new line of ensuite sites along the back, this will of course be great news for the travellers they are currently having to turn away. This will however also change the entire view, so we felt we were very lucky to be there before the works completed and able to experience a clear view of the Gill Ranges and the amazing night skies.
The facilities here are basic, everything you need and nothing more. In truth this is a location you head to appreciate the incredible natural beauty – definitely not a ‘holiday park’ filled with bells and whistles. In closing, from the Caravanning with Kids family, Kings Canyon Resort is a thumbs up! This is a great place to relax, unwind and enjoy being unplugged against some of the best landscapes Australia has to offer! We will be back…
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