Kings Canyon Rim Walk, NT
Length: 6km, steep start, allow half a day Recommended age: 8+ When families make their pilgrimage to Central Australia, most go to Uluru and Kata Tjuta, but many miss out one of the red region’s most spectacular sights: Kings Canyon. It has plunging 250m orange and red cliffs, and cool, green oases along the creek lines. The rim walk starts with a lot of stairs to get up to the top of the cliff line, but the effort is definitely worth it, with some of the most exciting viewpoints in Central Australia. Cliffs are unfenced and dramatic, and it’s worthwhile for your own peace of mind hanging onto children’s hands (or tying them to you). Wildlife is likely to include lots of lizards, including skinks and dragons, and inland birds such as eagles.
Alternative walks in the area: You don’t have to miss the stunning canyon if you or your little ones aren’t quite up to the rim walk, however. Perfect for families, the Kings Creek Walk is a flat 2.6km stroll that takes you along the creek to a lookout which showcases the canyon walls in technicolour. You will need sturdy shoes, though, because the ground can get rocky in places.