Southern Wall Walk

Watarrka National Park

A shorter and easier walk to allow you to enjoy the majesty of this wonderful canyon, with views across the chasm to the spectacle of the northern rim.

Picnic Facilities
No Dogs Permitted
Arid or Desert
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

Watarrka National Park is located southwest of Alice Springs and can be reached via a number of routes:

Via the Stuart Highway, Lasseter Highway and onto Luritja Road.

Via Larapinta Drive through the West MacDonnell NP (Mereenie Loop requires a permit and is 4WD only) and onto Luritja Road.

Via the Stuart Highway, Ernest Giles Road (4WD only) and onto Luritja Road.

The 4km signposted road to the car park, is off Luritja Road, 5km south of Kings Canyon Resort.


Watarrka National Park - Kings Canyon

Route/Trail notes:

Head to the right of the car park and you will see the signposted (green arrowed) start of the walk (this is also the start of the Giles Walk - 22km one way). Follow the track as it gently rises to the top of the Southern Wall and along its rim to the 'one way gate' and back by the same route.



Other References/Comments:

With the option to also complete the various walks in Kings Canyon area, both Kings Creek Station and Kings Canyon Resort provide a variety of accommodation for a stopover.

Flies come out about 11am, so have your fly mesh handy!


great views must do if you are in the area my pick over the Olga's and Ayers rock walks

vlad on 8 Sep, 2019

This is the coach trip visitor's walk, so can get very busy, but no less enjoyable than the full rim walk, with its views across the canyon to the north.

F.A.B. on 6 Jun, 2019

Arrived early from Alice Springs to do this walk. The color of the rocks and soil is absolutely amazing, and photos don't do it any justice. The day ending up being very hot for August and we had plenty of water with us. Thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and the size and scale of the canyon is bewildering. We just wish we had more time to stay and soak up the vibes.

Brian on 14 Aug, 2017


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