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Kata Tjuta The Olgas

Hike around the soaring rock domes of Kata Tjuta / The Olgas at sunset and watch them glow and change colour with the surrounding desert landscape.

Australia’s Red Centre is home to natural wonder and cultural landmark, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Hike around the soaring rock domes, which glow at sunrise and sunset. Located approximately 40km west of Uluru, the ochre-coloured shapes are an intriguing and mesmerising sight.

Take a walk

Choose from a number of walking trails that range from easy strolls to longer, more difficult tracks. At the end of the short walk to the Kata Tjuta dune viewing area you can sit and take in the magnificent panoramic view of the domes.

The Walpa Gorge Walk is a rocky track that rises gently and passes rare plants and leads to a grove of spearwood. The longest of all trails at Kata Tjuta is the Valley of the Winds Walk – a moderately difficult track with breathtaking views. It is very steep in places, but the 7.4km circuit is worth the effort – it takes you between the domes, through creek beds and away from the crowds.

Anangu traditions

Meaning ‘many heads’, Kata Tjuta is sacred to the local Aboriginal Anangu people, who have inhabited the area for more than 22,000 years. It forms an important focus of their spiritual life. As a visitor you can join a cultural tour to learn some of the region’s sacred history and Dreamtime stories.

Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park is Aboriginal land and jointly managed by its Anangu traditional owners and Parks Australia. The park is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Area for both its natural and cultural values.

Top 10 region awarded to The Red Centre, Australia. Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2019

Things to see & do at Kata Tjuta/The Olgas

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    Free entry

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