Formally known as the Olgas, this collection of remarkable dome shaped rocks are the other important rock land marks in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Located 26 kilometres west of Uluru, the name Kata Tjuta means “many heads”. The indigenous Pitjantjatjara people have many Dreamtime legends associated with the rocks, often involving the great snake king Wanambi. Be sure to do the impressive Valley of the Winds walk when you visit.
Let’s take a closer look at why Kata Tjuta, the Valley of the Winds and the neighbouring Uluru are such special natural landmarks…
Kata Tjuta’s stunning domes
Whilst the name Kata Tjuta may not immediately cause one’s mind to leap into action, it is every bit as spectacular as the formidable Uluru, situated some 45 minutes from Kata Tjuta’s magnificent domes. These incredible sandstone formations leap out of the red earth below, creating a gigantic, impressively mystical landmark that has to be seen to be believed!
The Walpa Gorge
The Walpa Gorge is one of the easier walks traversing Kata Tjuta. The gorge itself serves as a refuge to the region’s unique plant and animal species, as they come here to escape the oppressive heat of the desert sun. This, alongside the towering domes on each side of the trail, make for a stunning experience situated just over 2.6km of gorgeous earthy terrain.
The Valley of the Winds
This walk is a little more on the difficult side, encompassing three hours of breathtaking views and some reasonably steep inclines. However, for those people who are fit enough to take on this 7.4km hike, it is well worth the effort, as the Valley of the Winds offers some of the most magical views in the whole of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
This mystifying walk takes you through the miraculous domes, through lush creeks and away from the crowds that are happy to take on the shorter walks of Kata Tjuta!
What more can one say about Uluru? The beating heart of Australia, our most famous landmark, and a symbol of this wonderful country and its gorgeous red earth. Naturally, you won’t be heading to Kata Tjuta without visiting the wondrous Uluru, and given that they’re in such close proximity to one another it is totally worth heading to both at least over a couple of days!
One of the best ways to see Uluru, if there is any, is to gaze upon its gorgeous ruddy hues in the light of morning or sunset! At each time of day, the magical sky above seems to cast a golden light over the incredible rock, making it a truly spiritual experience for those who are there to enjoy it.
It’s Australia’s most beloved national park for a reason
There is nowhere else on earth quite like Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with its otherworldly rock formations making it a truly spectacular place to visit. Be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks as hiking around these magnificent landmarks can take it out of you, but, as we already said, it’s well worth the effort!