The way to explore the canyon is on the 6km (3 3/4-mile) walk up the side (short but steep!) and around the rim. Even if you're in good shape, it's a strenuous 3- to 4-hour hike. It leads through a maze of rounded sandstone formations, called the Lost City; across a bridge to a fern-fringed pocket of water holes, called the Garden of Eden; and back along the other side through more sandstone rocks. There are lookout points en route. If you visit after the odd rainfall, the walls teem with waterfalls. In winter, don't set off too early, because sunlight doesn't light up the canyon walls to good effect until midmorning.
If you're not up to making the rim walk, take the shady 2.6km (1.6-mile) round-trip trail along the mostly dry Kings Creek bed on the canyon floor. It takes about an hour. Wear sturdy boots, because the ground can be rocky. This walk is all right for young kids and travelers in wheelchairs for the first kilometer (.6 miles).
Both walks are signposted. Avoid the rim walk in the middle of the day between September and May, when it's too hot.
An exhilarating option is a guided tour of Kings Creek Station on your own four-wheel quad bike. You journey through the rugged Outback, taking in spectacular scenery, including red sand dunes, on the search for wildlife. Your self-drive adventure takes you through the cattle country, where you will often see shorthorn cattle and occasionally surprise wildlife such as camels, kangaroos, and dingoes. Kings Creek Station is approximately 20 minutes drive south of Kings Canyon Resort , and the tours are booked though the resort. It costs A$85 for 1 hour and A$193 for 2 1/2 hours. The minimum age is 16.
Professional Helicopter Services (tel. 08/8956 2003; www.phs.com.au) makes 8-minute flights over the canyon for A$85 per person, 15-minute flights for A$135 or 30-minute flights also taking in George Gill Range for A$250 per person.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.