Best place to stay at Kings Canyon

Submitted: Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 17:18
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G'day everyone,
Kim, Will & I are currently at Erldunda, heading into Kings Canyon tomorrow.
We are tenting it and wonderng which is the best place to camp for a couple of days - Resort or Station. Any advice much appreciated.

Cheers & Beers

Rob, Kim & Will
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 18:32

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 18:32
Use the 'Search' function to find past posts.
Here is one for you Kings Canyon
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Reply By: Mudguard - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 18:48

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 18:48
resort, spoil your self thats what holidays are for.cheers
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Reply By: Kiwibound eventually - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 19:05

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 19:05
We haven't stayed a the station so I can nly comment on the resort. We found the sites very nice, with excellent facilities and there was also the choice of meals and entertainment.The pool was very popular. We were more than happy with our stay. Try and avoid buying fuel if you can as they charge a premium.
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Reply By: Kiwibound eventually - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 19:06

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 19:06
We haven't stayed at the station so I can only comment on the resort. We found the sites very nice, with excellent facilities and there was also the choice of meals and entertainment.The pool was very popular. We were more than happy with our stay. Try and avoid buying fuel if you can as they charge a premium.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 19:28

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 19:28
My choice is Kings Creek Station. It's not so crowded and has a nicer atmosphere.

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Reply By: Member-Heather MG NSW - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 19:28

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 19:28
Hi Rob, Will and Kim,

We have stayed at both and I reckon the Resort is the pick...closer to the Canyon too.
From memory they are about the same price.
Probably worth you having a look online to see the facities offered at each though.
Wonderful walks and landscape.

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Reply By: Kris and Kev - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 19:35

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 19:35
We stayed at Kings Creek Station as the resort was very crowded when we were there a few months back. The station was brilliant. The below photo is one of the camping areas and the next photo is us having fun on the station! Kevin



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Reply By: Member - Leanne W (NSW) - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 20:03

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 20:03
Hi Rob,
My husband and I tented at the station back in 2004. The facilities there at the time including the pool were fine.
In July this year we (including our addition to our family of 2 kids) stayed at the resort. We flew into Yulara and stayed at one of the rooms at the resort, so we are not comparing apples with apples, but found the room at the resort for a very reasonable price on the wotif website. I liked the fact that it was so close to the canyon, but there wasn't much choice food wise because the restaurant has closed down. There is a cafe there but we thought the food was pretty average.
I would happily stay at either place again, the main thing would be if it was better to be closer to the canyon. In summer when you would want to be doing the rim walk first thing in the morning, I would opt for the resort, unless you are a very early riser.
I am sure you will have a nice time wherever you choose.
Leanne
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Reply By: rnrphantom - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 21:25

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 21:25
Thanks for the feedback. Have booked into the resort for a 3 day stay.
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Follow Up By: rnrphantom - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 21:30

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 21:30
What really swayed us is that there some friends that booked into the resort. Until we found this out, we were going to stay at the Station and do the quad bikes & camel rides. I'm sure that it wil be great as you make your own fun.

Cheers
Rob
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 21:47

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 21:47
Gday,
Too late to change your mind by the sounds, but you got a completely different response than you would have a couple of years ago......
A while ago the response would have been all about supporting the locals and putting some money into the community and staying away from the big resorts........I wonder if Exploreoz has a difference audiance these days or has something gone wrong Kings Creek?
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 23:41

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 23:41
Resorts are much the same, that's why people like them they know what to expect.
The Station has so much more to offer than just accomodation, you learn so much more about the locals people and history.
I couldn't fault the resort, but you may have gone to any resort in Australia just about any upmarket caravan park any where in Australia, except it's staffed by European backpackers who know nothing about the region.
Couldn't agree with you more.
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Reply By: TwevSmiff - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 22:11

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 22:11
Probably too late but I would say Kings Creek Station - very interesting place and not too far from the canyon.
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Reply By: Member - Michael John T (VIC) - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 00:18

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 00:18
Hi,

Just a comment re Kings Canyon, the Rim walk is just brilliant, don't be put off by the steep climb at the start after this it is all easy going, enjoy.

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Follow Up By: Member - Leanne W (NSW) - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 07:07

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 07:07
Totally agree.
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Reply By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 08:04

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 08:04
There are many places in Australia where you can ride camels and quad bikes but only one where you can see Kings Canyon. A three night stay will only allow enough time to see the canyon properly so I think they have made a wise decision. And I wonder how many posters to this thread had noticed that Kings Canyon resort has a business member of EzplorOz. They are supporting us so why not support them?
In my opinion Kings Canyon is among the top handful of geographic features in Australia. Why waste the trip on camels and quad bikes?
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Follow Up By: Kris and Kev - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:19

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:19
Kevin, depends on what type of camping you are into. When we were in the area the resort was extremely busy and on some days full. We loved the station because it felt more like bush camping, but with great facilities. We did go to the resort for lunch and to try and buy something at their shop, but there was a lack of staff numbers, a huge line up, eftpos was off line and after waiting for ages we gave up and left. It was not our sort of holiday place, but each to their own. We have never done a quad bike tour and my wife really wanted to do one, the one at the station was brilliant and worth every cent. We did the camel ride at Broome, and again not everyone likes them, but we had a ball.
But like I said, each to their own. We did not feel like it was a waste of our trip, in fact it just added to it. We spent 5 weeks in the centre and did it all. Kevin
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Reply By: Lunarite - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 09:26

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 09:26
I can't comment on the station but the resort was very good except for one critical thing. The campground ablution block hot water system was very inadequate and I didn't manage to get a 'hot' shower during our 3 day stay in the middle of winter. For Topenders freezing our arses off this was a major issue.
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Reply By: Pradobob - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 10:37

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 10:37
Be aware of the resident dingo that does a nightly "raid" on anything (food) left unattended outside. It comes in from the bush, up the back of the park around dusk, near the un-powered sites. Doesn't display any aggressive behaviour but I just don't trust them. Wise to put every thing away.
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Follow Up By: Pradobob - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 10:39

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 10:39
Sorry, talking about the Resort here!

Bob
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Reply By: The Greta Bunyip - Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 14:02

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 14:02
Kings Canyon "Resort" reminded me of El Questro, just a great big money grab!!
While doing the loop around Australia back in 1998 we were in that area with our camper trailer, the prices for a site & petrol were amongst the highest in the country. From memory places an hour or so down the road had petrol 15-20c cheaper & sites $10 per night cheaper.

Like many on this page we stayed ay Kings Creek Station which was more than adequate.
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