The Giles Track is a 22-kilometre walking track located within Watarrka National Park. This two-day hike offers the chance to experience impressive natural landscape and wildlife, indigenous history and culture, and the heritage of Central Australia.
The rewards of this walk include dramatic views across wilderness that remains virtually unchanged since first described by Ernest Giles. Trek through beautiful valleys, beehive-shaped sandstone formations, and across rocky watercourses. Scattered across the range and just waiting to be discovered are many grinding stones, stone blades, stencilled art and petroglyphs, as the flat, rocky plateau made for relatively easy and safe travelling for Aboriginal people. Native wildlife to spot includes spinifex pigeons, rock-wallabies, euros, goannas and pythons.
The Giles Track is named after the first European to explore the George Gill Range in 1872. It follows the southern rim of the range from Kings Canyon to Kathleen Springs, although it can be walked in either direction. It is recommended as an overnight hike for experienced bushwalkers of average fitness. Alternatively, access from the Lilla car park via Tjintjit Tjintjit Spur allows those on a tighter schedule the chance of a day walk in either direction.
Watarrka National Park
Kings Canyon, NT, 0872
Located 3.6K from Kings Creek
Watarrka National Park encloses Kings Canyon, with its 300-metre-high sandstone walls, walking trails, lush forests and permanent waterholes. The sheer red rock face of the canyon soars above dense forests of palms, ferns and cycads, sheltering them from the harsh desert, and providing refuge for many native animals.
The Park has been home to the Luritja people for more than 20,000 years, and its flora, fauna and rock formations are best seen on foot. Try the gentle shady Kings Creek Walk trail one kilometre along the valley floor. Get up early to see the sunrise and walk the six kilometres around the Canyon rim to take in magnificent views across the desert or into the lush valley below. The 2.6-kilometre walk to Kathleen Springs takes you to historical sites, and a spring-fed water hole. Fit and experienced hikers will love the Giles Track, a 22-kilometre walk between Kings Canyon and Kathleen Springs.
The park can be reached from Uluru in around four hours by taking the Lasseter Highway and Luritja Road. Those with a four-wheel drive can then take the unsealed Mereenie Loop on to Alice Springs.
330 kilometres via the Red Centre Way,
450 kilometres via the Stuart and Lasseter Highways and Luritja Road
Kings Canyon, NT, 0872
Located 19.0K from Kings Creek