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Kata Tjuta The Olgas

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre is a great starting point for visitors to the park.

The centre offers information about activities and the park as well as an introduction into Anangu culture. Because of the deep spiritual nature of the area and what is contained within the Cultural Centre, please do not photograph or video inside the building or precinct. This is to respect the wishes of the traditional owners, and protect Anangu's cultural and intellectual property.

This award-winning Cultural Centre, a stunning example of contemporary Australian architecture. Dynamic displays, video and artwork explain this world heritage landscape from the perspective of the traditional owners, Anangu. Learn about Tjukurpa, creation stories and laws, which explain the spiritual meanings of the surrounding landscapes.

To enjoy the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre you must enter Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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    Entry cost

    Free entry

    Facilities

    • Barbeque
    • Cafe
    • Carpark
    • Coach Parking
    • Interpretive Centre
    • Interactive Centre
    • Picnic Area
    • Public Toilet
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  • FAQs

    What makes Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s) special?

    This incredible site is only 58km by road from Uluru and is part of the same national park. It’s visually arresting and along with Uluru represents an image and a spirit of place that is the soul of Australia. The collection of 36 domed boulders forms deep valleys and steep gorges. Kata Tjuta is a Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal word meaning ‘many heads’.

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    How do I get to Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s)?

    Kata Tjuta is 495km by road from Alice Springs which is 5 hours and 11 minutes driving time via Route 87 and Route 4. Commercial bus companies offer Alice Springs to Uluru transfers, or there is the option for small group coach and 4WD tours. Air travel to Uluru Airport is available from some Australian capital cities. The distance from Uluru to Kata Tjuta is 58km by road.

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    How do I get around?

    Kata Tjuta is accessible by a sealed road in a 2WD vehicle.

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    What things are there to see on the way to the Olga’s (Kata Tjuta)?

    Only 58km from Kata Tjuta is Uluru (Ayers Rock), situated in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The world’s largest sandstone monolith is one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.

    Uluru is one of Australia’s most recognisable landmarks and is often referred to as the heart of the ‘Red Centre’.

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    What is the best time to visit Kata Tjuta?

    Make sure you see the domes at dawn and dusk. Before the heat of the day sets in is a beautiful time to watch the rocks, as the sun lights them in an array of changing colour. Similarly at dusk, the Kata Tjuta put on another light show all of their own as the sunlight fades.

    The Australian seasons, spring and autumn, are the most popular time of year to visit Kata Tjuta as the temperatures are more tolerable. In the Australian summer, temperatures in this part of the world can average a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius during the day. Always carry spare water in the Australian outback.

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    Can I camp at Kata Tjuta?

    There is no camping in the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, which includes Kata Tjuta. There are a number of locations around this area where you can camp.

    Camping is available at Ayers Rock Resort, which is a 10 minute drive from the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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    What are the best things to see and do at the Olga’s (Kata Tjuta)?

    Walks
    There are many walks at Kata Tjuta including the 7.4km Valley of the Winds loop and the 2.6km Walpa Gorge walk.

    The alternative name for Kata Tjuta, ‘The Olgas’, comes from the tallest peak, Mt. Olga. The domes are very steep and mostly you will be able to walk amongst the domes and enjoy what nature has to offer.

    Valley of the Winds walk
    This is the major walk around the Olgas and people rate it highly. It’s a total of about 7.4km but quite steep in parts and takes about 4 hours. A reasonable fitness level is required to do this walk.

    On the way you’ll see rare plants that thrive in little microclimates amongst the rocks and also a grove of spearwood. Traditional owners used to make spears from this, eat its flowers and use its gum. There are two lookouts and the views are breathtaking. One of the nicest things about this walk is the solitude, where you will be able to really take in the spirit of this amazing place.

    Walpa Gorge walk
    If you want a shorter and easier walk than the Valley of the Winds, then Walpa Gorge is a great alternative. The walk is very beautiful and is only 2.6km return and takes approximately 1 hour .

    Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
    Gain an understanding of the spiritual significance of the Kata Tjuta to traditional owners and see how the land furnished them with food, fuel, weapons and medicines. Learn how women and children collected bush superfoods like desert raisins, bush plums and native figs, and how men used spear throwers to hunt goanna and red kangaroos.

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    Where else can I go from Kata Tjuta?

    Take a scenic flight
    There are both aeroplane and helicopter scenic flights that operate from around Uluru. These give a magnificent perspective of both Kata Tjuta and Uluru.

    Mount Conner Lookout
    Stop at the Mount Conner Lookout area, which is 156km by road from Kata Tjuta. Mount Conner is a spectacular flat topped sandstone mountain that is 300m high. Mt Conner is closed to the public for hiking and camping but the stop at the lookout is well worth it.

    Kings Canyon
    If heading north towards Alice Springs, a stop at Kings Canyon is worthwhile. By road take Route 3 (off Route 4) to get to Kings Canyon. There are hiking and camping options in the Kings Canyon area.

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