Watarrka National Park on Matutjara Country will soon be home to a new multi-day hiking track after the Northern Territory Government and Traditional Owners awarded a multi-million-dollar project to Australian Walking Company.
Nestled in the heart of the Red Centre just three hours from Uluru, Watarrka National Park already attracts more than 250,000 visitors each year. The new track is set to increase that even further. One of Watarrka National Park’s biggest attractions is Kings Canyon, a majestic destination featuring 300-metre high sandstone walls, palm-filled crevices, and views that stretch across the desert.
Australian Walking Company will invest in the design, development and operation of the walking track following a competitive expression of interest process. The company will work in partnership with Traditional Owners and NT Parks and Wildlife to achieve the best outcomes, with the first step being to negotiate the placement and nature of the walking trail with the Traditional Owners.
The track will be located 330 kilometres southeast of Alice Springs and is set to be one of Australia’s most scenic outback walking experiences. This is another big boost for tourism and business in Central Australia, as driving investment in tourism and the NT’s parks and reserves is a key strategy of the current government.
“Operating walks in National Parks comes with the responsibility of safeguarding the natural wilderness and we are excited to have the special privilege of showcasing this outstanding walking track in the Northern Territory,” Australian Walking Company executive director Neil Lynch said.
“We look forward to working with the Traditional Owners to design and create a walk that shares the unique heritage and cultural legacies while promoting the environmental conservation and historic preservation of Watarrka National Park.
“The new walk will deliver job opportunities for Traditional Owners and their communities while providing guests with the opportunity to be immersed, educated and guided safely through areas like Kings Canyon.”