• Length: 6.0km

  • Duration: 4-5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Watarrka car park

  • End: Watarrka car park

  • Closest Town: Watarrka Resort

  • Location: Northern Territory

  • Distance from state capital: 1,828km

  • State: NT

  • Latitude: -24.25186621

  • Longitude: 131.58269984


Watarrka Rim Walk is a 6.0km, grade 3 Circuit hike located in Northern Territory Northern Territory. The hike should take approximately 4-5hrs to complete.


Watarrka National Park is best known for its famous landmark, Kings Canyon. The Watarrka Rim Walk is the most popular and takes you along the rim of the canyon itself. It’s a three to four hour walk, six kilometres long, with a moderate rating. The most difficult part is the climb at the beginning of the walk which us a steep ascent to the top of the rim. The walk offers spectacular views over the canyon, passing through the tropical pools of the Garden of Eden. It is best to do the rim walk in the morning, however take care from September through April when daytime temperatures can be hot.


Easier alternative Kings Creek walk. It’s about two kilometres and an hour return. The Earnst Giles walk to Kathleen Springs also starts from the kings creek car park. This is a two day hike.


Total distance: 4934 m
Max elevation: 762 m
Min elevation: 624 m
Total climbing: 250 m
Total descent: -249 m
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