Arrive at Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory’s Watarrka National Park and you’ll suddenly feel incredibly small. Faced with such vast landscapes and natural monuments of truly epic proportions; we wouldn’t blame you for not knowing where or how to begin your adventures. After all, this is a place that remains resistant to commercialisation, a place in which one could easily get lost, amongst raw and wild beauty, with the risk of never being found. It’s a place that you absolutely must experience, and we’ve discovered the best way to do so.
Kings Creek, a working cattle and camel station, is situated around 36 kilometres from Kings Canyon and offers a variety of Outback experiences, but it is their overnight quad adventure that has got us excited. That’s right, quad bikes; our new favourite way to immerse ourselves in this dazzling part of Australia’s iconic Outback. Trust us; there is no better introduction to this desert wilderness than on the back of such a small, yet speedy, vehicle. Don’t panic if you’ve never ridden one before, they’re seriously easy to navigate, and with the added bonus of having an expert guide to lead you, you’ll be traversing these plains like a pro in no time at all.
Setting off from Kings Creek Station around mid-afternoon, you’ll immediately enjoy the freedom that your quad allows. Forget those cumbersome four wheel drives for now, instead you’ll be coasting over red sand dunes and across wild bush-land out in the open air and thus feel that much closer to your wondrous surroundings.
Throughout your journey you’ll lay eyes on rock art dating back centuries, you’ll stop to spot indigenous and exotic wildlife, you’ll race to enter untouched territory; you’ll experience the true essence of Australia’s Outback. Then, as the sun begins to set in its blood-red fashion, you’ll arrive at base-camp, situated atop a rocky escarpment and boasting panoramic views across the area’s changeable landscapes. Here you’ll finally settle down for a night beneath an endless sky full of stars.
This is one of those experiences that you’ll always look back on. When the stresses of our over-developed and fast-paced world are once more a daily reality, it is to a night in the Outback that your mind will drift.