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Kings Canyon Resort Campground
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36 reviews
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“nice place to stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2009

the resort is very big and has many types of rooms. Our room was a deluxe one. It was quite big and essential with jacuzzi and terrace (groundfloor). If your going to visit Kings Canyon is a good place to stay for a couple of nights.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2009

We hire a motorhone from Alice Springs and filled it with food from Coles at Alice Springs-very well priced.Spent 2 nights at Kings Canyon Camp Ground.Great Facilites,pool freezing for our children.Different dinning options,but all a bit expensive-Shame there wasnt a sort of takeaway menu...

Loved the walks...go early in the morning gets a little hot.(Campground @5kms from walks)

Loved the sunsets

Also Visited King Creek Station for a Camel Ride and a Great Lunch.This place had a incredible atmoshpere and the gift shop was great.We spent a great couple of hours at the station. We couldnt see the campground from where we were but seemed to have everything there.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Antony, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2009

This hotel is located "near" to Kings canyon.

Staff is nice and rooms are original. You will find a Jacuzi in the room with a view on the rocks.

Rooms are clean and beds comfortable. Breakfast is very nice.

Restaurants is OK and there is entertainment during diner.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2009

Well you can't beat this hotel for location, it's right where you need to be, but let's also face it - there's no other choice! The rooms are pretty basic. It felt more like a motel than a hotel... think dated decor, strip lighting, etc. The water is supplied via a borehole and it contains sulphur, so the bathroom has a certain aroma to it. It was basically clean and comfortable though, and it was only a bed for the night, so it did the job. We ate over the road at the bar and BBQ and the food was decent, even if the "entertainment" was dreadful - a man on an electronic organ experimenting with all the pre-programmed beats on offer, Overall we felt like we were in an outback version of Butlins holiday camp circa 1960, but it felt authentically outback and we loved Kings Canyon, which is why we were there after all!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Alice Springs, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2009

We are from Alice Springs and went the Kings Canyon for the weekend. We ended up staying at the Kings Canyon resort campground because it is so close to Kings Canyon. Let me start by saying Kings Canyon is gorgeous and definately worth going to see if you are coming to Central Australia!
The campground itself was ok - not very many places to camp with tents - a lot of powered sites though. A lot of red dirt/dust so expect everything to come back red! Amenities were good, lots of toilet blocks - toilets and showers clean and plenty of hot water. Our major problem with the place was the dingos. There were heaps of them. They only come out at night looking for food, but will come right up to your campsite and sniff around. And they howled ALL night. Let's just say I didn't get a very good night's sleep! To top it off, I woke up in the morning to only 1 shoe outside our tent. I found it later in the bushes, with the leather straps chewed away... If you are going to Kings Canyon and staying overnight, I do recommend Kings Creek Station, which is about 30km away. I stayed there a while ago but I do remember it being very good!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2009

The campground is very large but unfortunately due to unavoidable timing we were there over the Easter weekend which meant it was very busy. Im sure it wouldnt be as packed during the school term. Still, they did a good job trying to grow some grass for tent sites on the red sand and there is a lot of space to choose from. Dont expect great views from where you pitch your tent and do expect lots of noisy kids and the usual trauma of a caravan park, however there is a great little board walk that takes you a little way up a sand dune ridge to provide some great views of the mountain range with a nice sitting area/lookout. As always in the Red Centre, bring a fly net. There is a pool (very small for the number of guests but again, it was Easter) and BBQ's and the amenity blocks were numerous and clean.

The site has a petrol station which has a small supermarket inside with a good range but be prepared to pay Central Australia rates. Surprisingly the fuel itself was not as expensive as a lot of the other roadhouses in area. The bar is well set up and has a decent range including NT Draught on Tap (you know the stuff that usually comes in "The World's Biggest Stubbie" 2L bottle) which I didnt mind. At about $6.50 a beer its comparable to what you pay in a central Sydney pub these days so was not outragous for the location. Bar staff were friendly enough but didnt go out of the way or anything.

For dinner we tried the "Bushman's Pizza" from the bar, complete with Crocodile, Smoked Roo, and Camel... yep Camel. It was really good! (dont think I'd go camel again but the smoked roo bits were awesome.) With a side of chips it was enough to feed 2 people, throw in 2 beers and there was no change from $40 but considering the price of everything else or dining in the restaurant you wont get a cheaper meal.

To do the canyon properly you need to spend a night here as driving in from elsewhere would be awefully difficult/long. The reception staff were really nice and check in was quick and easy. Not really any point spending more then 1 night that I can see unless you just want to chill out in the desert. There was Live entertainment on, a tennis court and few other activities which we didnt investigate but may be worth a look. Now here is the thing... to rent a piece of grass will cost you $16 per night per head. I know there are pools and tennis court and other bits and pieces but we didnt use/want any of that. We were backpacking and all we needed was a patch of dirt to sleep on, but that option doesnt exist. It is illegal to camp anywhere within the National Park or on the side of the road so the Resort ground is the only option. We only utilised the bar as we had had to pay to stay we might as well get a drink. Central Australia is never cheap but when the Powered sites are $18 per head, use electricity, more water, required infrastructure to put in place, and take up a lot more space for a caravan... the patch of grass option seems a bit steep.

All said and done though if you want to do the Canyon... and trust me you DO, its not that bad a place for a quick stopover the night before. Families will probably take better value and have more use for the space provided (as kids are cheaper or free and will use the facilities more) but backpackers on a budget should BYO food/drink and stay just the one night. Expensive yes, but tens times better then Ayers Rock Resort Campground.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2008

Stayed for a night in Dec 08, we were touring in a campervan. Site is close to the canyon etc., so a good location and great views. THe dingoes running around in the evening/ night were a bit off-putting, couldn't use the barbie as a result. Big pool, but not too clean when we were there. Bar is basic, but does the job. Nothing like the quality of its sister resort at Ayers Rock, and watch the floodways flooding when it rains, we were nearly stuck there.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Kings Canyon Resort Campground
Address: Luritja Road | Watarrka National Park, Northern Territory 0872 , Australia
Region: Australia > Northern Territory > Red Centre
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 41 Speciality Lodging in Red Centre
Number of rooms: 100
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Kings Canyon Resort Campground Australia/Red Centre

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