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Kata Tjuta (Olgas)

Kata Tjuta (Olgas)


Kata Tjuta, sometimes written Tju?a (Kata Joota), and also known as Mount Olga (or colloquially as The Olgas), are a group of large domed rock formations or bornhardts located about 365 km (227 mi) southwest of Alice Springs, in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia. Uluru, 25 km (16 mi) to the east, and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga form the two major landmarks within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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05 Jun 2016

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) are enormous rock formations located within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory. This is commonly known as the red centre - the surrounding land is relatively flat and then Kata Tjuta rises up on the horizon. They can be seen for miles - even from our campground lookout at Ayers Rock Resort whic is about 50 kilometres away. There are several walks at Kata Tjuta and you will need to pay the entrance fee into the National Park to access these - this was $25 for a three day pass during our visit.

There are great view from the car as you approach the Olgas - the Dune viewing platform is located on this road and definitely worth a stop.  This is known as the best vantage point for sunrise viewing but great at any time of day. A short walk from the carpark. 

Valley of the Winds walk was our first choice - 7.4 kilometre full circuit walk which is closed during hot weather. There are signs near the car park indicating whether it is open or closed and it is best to set off early as closure usually happens late morning. Karu Lookout is near the start of the  valley of the winds walk and about a two kilometre return walk from the car parking area. Karingana Lookout is very good – a little difficult to get up the rock hill but well worth the view. The return walk is through spinifex grass and can be extremely hot (and windy) .You need to take lots of water, a hat and wear good walking shoes. There are some beautiful views so make sure you have a camera and once you have completed the circuit you will understand why this walk is closed in hot weather. There are a couple of water stations along the track to refill drink bottles.

We drove to the Sunset Viewing carpark of the Olgas for morning tea - public toilets, fresh drinking water and shaded tables.

Walpa Gorge car park is not far away and this is the place to start the next walking trail - (you guessed it) Walpa Gorge Walk - about 2.6 kilometres return.  This walk is a moderate Grade 3 walk and very popular with bus groups. It leads you into this gorge between two large rock faces. The path is well defined and bridges help you cross the ravines created in the rock’s surface. Lovely view platform at the end that looks into the gorge past some huge rocks that have fallen down over time. Caves in the rock face are apparently home to a rare type of kangaroo that is able to climb the rock and has the ability to locate and dig for water. We did not see any during our walk as I am sure they only come out during the cooler parts of the day. 

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) are are absolutely amazing and a must when visiting the area - the highest dome is said to be over 1,000 metres above sea level.


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