Kata Tjuta (also known as The Olgas) is every bit as spectacular as Uluru and a must-see location if you are visiting the Red Centre. These imposing sepia mounds soar straight out of the surrounding bushland like lopsided teeth, providing an otherworldly panorama that seems more appropriate for Mars.
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Top things to do in Kata Tjuta
Tjukurpa Tunnel at the Cultural Centre
Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture at the Cultural Centre and learn important creation stories about the place that you are visiting. Indeed, we recommend stopping here first to fully appreciate the significance of Uluru and Kata Tjuta to the Indigenous Anangu people. The Tjukurpa Tunnel transports you back to the beginning of time on a self-guided journey through Anangu art, traditions and learnings about “Dreamtime”.
Watch the sunset
We love sunsets around the world, but the sunsets at Uluru and Kata Tjuta are world famous for good reason. The setting sun paints the domes in varying shades of orange and yellow, lighting up the formations spectacularly.
Check out the dedicated sunset spots at Kata Tjuta, in particular the Dune viewing area for a panoramic view of of the rocks stretching along the horizon. For a laid-back experience, both viewing areas have picnic areas, so take a packed dinner and enjoy the show!
This gorge sits between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta and the corresponding walk follows the creek in the centre of the rugged red walls. Take a break from walking this trail and sit in the shade of the trees that flourish here, listening to the whistle of the wind that this gorge is named after. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the wallabies that kip between the rocks here.
Walpa Gorge is also a great place to be at dusk so, as others head to the main sunset-viewing areas, you will be able to appreciate the gorge being a little quieter, as well as the changing colours sliding down the gorge walls.
Valley of the Winds
Considered a must-do by many, the 4.5-mile Valley of the Winds walk will take you into the bush away from any other civilisation, feel your shoulders drop and your mind find peace in the surrounding serenity. The highlights of the walk come at Karu Lookout and again when you pass between two of sacred rocks and find yourself bathed in a russet glow from the surrounding formations. Take drinking water, shoes, sun cream and a wide brimmed hat and, for the best experience, complete the walk before 11am to avoid the midday heat.
Create a homemade souvenir at the dot-painting workshop
Get your creative juices flowing and learn how to perform the oldest living art tradition in the world. This workshop gives you the chance to create your very own piece of art whilst learning about the role these painted dots have played in local Indigenous culture. See the formations from above
For a truly unforgettable experience take a helicopter flightseeing tour over Kata Tjuta and get a true understanding of the vastness of this landscape. From this privileged viewpoint you will also be able to get up-close to areas you can’t view from the ground as they are sacred or inaccessible. Your pilot will also fly past Uluru on your tour. Speak to your friendly Travel Expert to include this experience on your Australian holiday itinerary.