Kata Tjuta combined with Ayers Rock forms “The Olgas”. We headed out bright and early to catch the sunset on our second day in the Red Centre. We made it just before the sunrise. We should of learnt from the sunset viewing at Ayers Rock, but a sleep in always nice on a holiday! If you want to have prime position for photography, get there early to find a prime position!
From the Kata Tjuta sunrise viewing platform, you can also see Uluru in the distance, bonus if you don’t have time to make it to both. After having had nothing more than a coffee and a muesli bar, we felt that the early wake up to see Kata Tjuta was definitely worth it. The view is mesmerising, the early morning sounds of insects, birds and animals waking up is strangely very peaceful, even with all the people on the viewing platform, we both felt very much in touch with nature watching the sun rise. We made it to Uluru sunrise on our last day, but if you only have time for one sunrise, I would recommend Kata Tjuta over Uluru.
Once the sun had risen, we drove up to Kata Tjuta ready to do the Valley of the Winds Walk. There’s three walks at Kata Tjuta, for more information on the walks, check out Parks Australia.
The Valley of the Winds
The Valley of the Winds Walk has 3 parts to it, Karu Lookout, Karinga Lookout and the full circuit. We did up to the Karinga Lookout and returned; it took us about 3 – 3.5 hours (because I stopped to take a ton of photos). This walk is a photographer’s dream! If you aren’t stopping every 5 mins to take a photo, you can probably do it in 2.5-3 hours. It goes without saying, take lots of water!
The first part of the walk (up to the Karu Lookout) is pretty straightforward and easy enough. From then onwards, the walk to Karinga Lookout is quite tough in sections, and you need to be ready to scrabble up rocks, and realise that in some places, that there is not necessarily a defined track. The final section of this takes you to a lookout, and it’s quite a steep couple of hundred meters uphill to get there, you may be tempted to throw in the towel (I know we were!) but we were glad we made it to the top. The view is stunning, and feels worlds away. The geological formations that you see along this walk are unique and we should be thankful that we live in a country like Australia, which in most cases aim to protect our unique icons for many generations to come.
If we did not have to drive to Alice Spring, we would definitely have continued onto do the entire loop. The landscape became more and more stunning the further into the walk we went, and there were also less people around (bonus if you like taking photos without people in them).
If you have been and did the whole walk, or have any tips for our other readers, we would love to hear from you via the comments 🙂
If you missed out on the posts on planning your trip and Uluru, check out the links below:
Look out for the posts on the rest of our trip in the Red Centre!
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