Camping around the Kings Canyon area

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Wanting to stay in the Kings Canyon area at any of the cheaper spots, any suggestions? We're happy to go without power. Thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Greg S (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 16:45

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 16:45
The options are King Creek Station and it's apparently 30 k/s from the Canyon whereas the KC Resort is only 5ks, so if you'e doing a 7am guided walk the Resort is better place for a "sleep in". I'd imagine the KCS is a bit cheaper than the Resort camping ground but not much in it I don't think. We'll be there around the 13/07/10. Good luck Greg
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Follow Up By: Member - Wayne B (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 17:45

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 17:45
We Stayed at the KC Resort Camping area and it was great. Good Facilities

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The Non Powered Sites were good. As usual the Powered Sites were Limited in area.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 19:09

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 19:09
I totally agree with Wayne. The camp ground was very pleasant (but watch out for dingoes). We had a site on the perimetre, and watched the sunset over the range like in Wayne's photo from in front of the car. Close for an early start on the big climb and rim walk - one of the best walks of the trip. We booked for two nights so we didn't have to rush off when tired after the walk, and i wanted to walk into nearby Kathleen Gorge after we left the resort the next day. Cost was not a lot different to Kings Creek station.

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Follow Up By: blue one - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 19:29

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 19:29
The price is the same and the location / facilities are better than at Kings Creek Station. Not fires though, bummer.

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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 22:55

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 22:55
Yeap Kings Canyon Camp Grounds get the nod from me.

Good camp sites, showers and toilets and you can even go for a meal at the Tavern or Resort and catch some live music.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wayne B (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 23:48

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 23:48
One other thing at KC they have a live band called the Roadies. The food is good and I can say it was one of the best boot stomping, feet tapping, singalong nights I have had for a long time.

I think KC was the highlight of our trip. Even the shorter much easier walk through the Canyon is breath taking. The start of the rim walk is a hard slog and many people who started did not make it to the top. Unless you are super fit then I recommend the easier walk.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 14:37

Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 14:37
We were camped in the KC Resort last week - had a great time and ended up booking in for an extra night - cost $34 a night for the 2 of us - worth every cent.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 17:25

Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 17:25
Hi Phil; pleased to hear you enjoyed Kings Canyon. When we were there in 2008 it was $33 powered for two, and $27 unpowered, so $1 rise over two years not bad. The ownership of the resort has changed hands from Voyages to another company.

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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 18:56

Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 18:56
Hi MH,
It was great to revisit Kings Canyon. My previous visit was 32 years ago!! When we did the trip back then, you had to call in to Wallara Ranch, fill up with petrol, and the guy behind the bar (one of the Cotterills I think) would get out a pad and pencil and draw you a mudmap of the walk. No resorts, no signposts - just a loop at the end of the dirt road at the base of where the Rim walk starts. We found our way up the top, got a bit lost in the Lost City, but found the wooden bridge to the lookout on the edge and did a very hairy climb into the Garden of Eden. We were supposed to come back the way we came, but couldn't reclimb the wall, so ended up climbing out the north side and found our way back to the carpark similar to where the walk goes now.

We camped about 5 k's away at Reedy Rockhole (now a protected area). Sandy track in there - almost got the Corolla bogged as we booted it across the sand. I must dig up some old photos and scan them sometime! There's been quite a change.

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Follow Up By: Mad Cowz (VIC) - Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 19:36

Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 19:36
I take it from the gist of the comments above that camp fires are allowed at KC station? any suggestion on where wood can be collected, is it self explanatory?

Will be there in a week or so.
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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 19:21

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 19:21
There is a nice free camp spot on the Luritja Road about 125 klm SE of the Kings Canyon, or about 40 klm N from the junction with the Lasseter Hwy.
NT Number 47 in the Camps 4 Australia Book.
There is tank water available but not much else, it is better to drive well in over the rise behind the road side stop .
It is a good run to the Canyon 1 1/2 hrs ? leave early and you will be there before it gets hot.
A Guide is not necessary if you don`t want one.
There is the Rim Walk, 5.5 k about 3hrs, take 3lt of water per person.
There is also a walk along the bottom of the canyon which is much easier apparently.
The Rim walk is a "must do" I reckon,families with small children were doing it when we were there last year.

Enjoy,

Scrubby.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 19:28

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 19:28
I`ve read the Maps Australia book now and it ( free camp No 47 ) is 48 k N from the Lasseter Hwy or 20 k S of the Ernest Giles Rd junction.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 22:08

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 22:08
Sounds like the one we stopped at for lunch; a nice spot amongst the desert oaks. I went for a walk up the dune and looked over the area campers have gone into to see it covered with those notorious white streamers! UGH. I recall there were bins at the rest area too.

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Reply By: blue one - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 20:50

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 20:50
Well you can just do what I did and pull off the road 20kms short of the resort and camp in the bush.

Don't tell anyone.


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Follow Up By: blue one - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 20:53

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 20:53
Don't leave anything
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Follow Up By: Steve and Viv - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 22:29

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 22:29
You say don't tell any one but if you get caught then you'll cop a big fine and also you take the risk of the locals getting annoyed by that and cancelling access to the land. Better to play by the rules so it stays open for every one
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Follow Up By: blue one - Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 08:27

Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 08:27
?? Didn't see any no camping signs
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Reply By: Member - Wayne B (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 23:58

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 23:58
Here are a Few Pictures of the Inside Walk at KC

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A fantastic Place

Cheers
Wayne
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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 07:29

Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 07:29
Varmits
Just go there

Great facilities.

Watch the Dingo's there, they will pinch anything that is left outside.
From Boots to sugar.

Cheers And enjoy

Bucky
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Reply By: Ical - Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 14:24

Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 14:24
We stayed at kings canyon campgrounds September last year.Was exellent.

Had a non-powerd site for 4 days.Nice clean place,dingos were out and about and as said dont leave ANYTHING out or .......its gooooone.

Did the rim walk with two adult and 3 kids 11/7/3.
No probs (3 yr old got tired) just take water and a snack and enjoy.
Hardest part is the first set of steps after that no real issues,just follow the arrows.

Cheers Ian.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 16:46

Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 16:46
Right about those dingoes taking anything. Dingoes even dragged our sullage hose out of the sullage pit and towards the bush during the night. Luckily is was well attached to at the caravan end. Neighbouring caravanners reported to another caravanner that while they were at the Canyon, a dingo stole their dog's dinner from right in front of their tethered small dog.

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Follow Up By: Ical - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 21:46

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 21:46
One night the wife was bathing kiddies in the shower block
and i was doing the dishes in the communal sink about 20 mtrs from camp.
As i was walking back and could see this bloke hovering in front of our awning,
so as i got closer i could see the twit was filming a dingo sniffing around in our awning area.(no food left all put away).
So i shoed the dingo away,and turned to the twit.
Well done Enstien was my comment.
I was hoping karma would visit him in the form of a dingo and
bleep in his awning area. Sorry rant over now. :)

bleep a good place to visit.

Cheers Ian.
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