Discovery Parks – Kings Canyon is the only campsite that lets you get up close and personal to the epic Kings Canyon, a must-visit on any tour of the Red Centre.


An oasis in the desert, Discovery Parks – Kings Canyon is the closest accommodation to the iconic Kings Canyon (Watarkka National Park). It’s a truly unbelievable place to stay and experience the ancient culture of this mesmerising place, all with the blessing of the Traditional Owners.

Plus, if you get out there you could win a whopping $10,000 BCF Voucher thanks to our mates at Great Northern Brewing Co!

Great Northern have hidden a sculpted marlin at Discovery Parks – Kings Canyon and if you’re the first person to find it, you’ll win a $500 BCF Voucher and be one of only ten people to go into the major draw to win a $10,000 BCF Voucher – good luck finding this one.*


The Details


A stunning drive from Alice Springs, take the unsealed Mereenie Loop Road (you’ll need a permit) or Ernest Giles Road (4WD) or cruise along the Stuart/Lasseter Highway (the longest but easiest route). 


  • Swimming pool
  • BBQ facilities
  • Toilet/shower amenities
  • Laundry
  • Fuel station
  • ATM on-site
  • Kiosk/gift shop
  • Restaurants

Camping Options

Type of camping available:

  • Budget Lodge Rooms
  • Ensuite Sites
  • Powered Sites
  • Unpowered camping Sites
  • Discovery Kings Canyon (resort) offers Glamping Tents, Standard Rooms and Deluxe Spa Rooms


  • Unpowered sites start from $50, $45 if you’re a G’Day Rewards member
  • Powered sites start from $60, $54 for members
  • Lodges, price on request



Things To Do

At The Campground

  • Watch the colours dance across Kings Canyon from the comfort of your tent or campervan
  • Visit the Luritja Lookout (Sunset Viewing Platform) 
  • Enjoy a 5-course meal from the finest seasonal produce under a canopy of stars with the Under a Desert Moon dining experience
  • Join a guided hiking tour with one of Discovery Park’s guides



Adventures Close By

  • The iconic Kings Canyon Rim Walk is a must-do and best enjoyed at sunrise or sunset. The 6km circuit transcends down into the Garden of Eden and back to the top with 360-degree views
  • Take to the air with a scenic helicopter tour and see what this red world looks like from above
  • Experience the ancient culture of the local Indigenous community with the Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience
  • Meander along Kathleen Springs, a walk very few do. It’s perfect for bird watching early in the morning or late afternoon

Food & Drink Close By

  • Enjoy a traditional Aussie BBQ or cold drink at Kings Canyon Bar & Grill. 
  • Grab some dinner at  Carmichael’s Restaurant (or pack your camp stove and brew up a batch on a  sunrise walk on the Canyon Rim) 


Your Hosts

This campsite only reopened its doors as Discovery Parks – Kings Canyon in March 2022, but the surrounding area has a history that goes back a wee bit further than that. Over 440 million years to be precise.

This rich history is all part and parcel of camping in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre. And you can’t get more central than Kings Canyon. The park’s namesake rises 270 metres above sea level and is as quintessentially ‘outback’ as it gets.

What else screams (or should we say ‘howls’) outback? Dingos of course. These cheeky canines can be spotted throughout the park and have even been known to steal entire packets of spaghetti from unsuspecting campers. Keep your distance, never feed them, and these furry friends will make your stay even more memorable.

Discovery Parks – Kings Canyon has everything you want from an outback adventure — views over the iconic red dirt, adventures at every turn, and top-notch camping facilities. We’d like to stay all year, please. 


HINT: Where is the Marlin hidden?

Retaining the view.

Where’s the Best Place To Enjoy a Great Northern on the Property?

At the newly renovated Kings Canyon Bar & Grill. Or, crack open a tinny on the Luritja Lookout.



*AU res 18+ only. Starts 12.01am (AEST) on 28/04/2022, Ends 11.59pm (AEST) 08/05/22. Ts&Cs can be found here. Promoter: CUB Pty Ltd (ABN 76 004 056 106).

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