Walk among the three giants of the Australian landscape – Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. These mighty rock formations are surrounded by some of the world's best walking trails, and expert local guides. Weave through ancient landscapes, take in the solitude of the desert plains, and discover cool waterholes hidden beneath scorching rocks.
Miles of Giles
One of Central Australia's most popular overnight walks is the Giles Track. Located in the Watarrka National Park, this 22 kilometre trail travels between Kings Canyon and Kathleen Springs. Awesome views await those who tackle both the overnight and short walk options, including the cooling waterholes of the Garden of Eden and the jaw-dropping views of Kings Canyon.
Around the block
The main attraction in this region isn't hard to find ─ Uluru towers over the desert landscape. While the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu people, prefer visitors not climb the rock, walking the perimeter is a must. A series of short walks uncover the little known waterholes and lush woodlands that line this monolithic icon and provide insights into the cultural history of the region.
Many heads make light walk
The other great natural wonder in this area is the 500 million year old rock formation known as Kata Tjuta / The Olgas. Meaning 'many heads' in local Aboriginal language, this mighty cluster owns a peak some 200 metres higher than Uluru.
Kata Tjuta offers a range of easy walking trails and wheelchair access, taking in spectacular rock colourings, local flora and a wealth of indigenous culture and history. The adventurous can seek panoramic views of the surrounding desert plains by tackling the moderately difficult Valley of the Winds Walk (7.4 km).
The Uluru region has important cultural and environmental significance and care must be taken to stay on designated walking areas.