Valley of the Winds

Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas) offers two walks that will take you between the 36 majestic domes, the Valley of the Winds and Walpa Gorge Walk.

Regarded by many as one of the most spectacular walks in the Red Centre, the Valley of the Winds walk is a 7.4 kilometre loop that stops by two spectacular lookout points. Taking around three hours to complete, this walk will take you between the domes and deep into Kata Tjuṯa. The walk is steep in areas and follows a rocky creek bed. As such, a good level of fitness is required however there are several rest stops allowing you to catch your breath and take in the views.

The first stop is at the Karu lookout for views across the many domes of Kata Tjuṯa and out into the sacred site of the Aṉangu men’s area. Although there are some steep inclines, it’s well worth the effort and the view that awaits you is breathtaking. Walking to the first lookout is only a 2.2km return trip Unfortunately, when the weather reaches 36°C or greater the walk is closed from this point on for safety reasons.

Continuing deeper into Kata Tjuṯa will take you to the Karingana lookout. You’ll be taken down into a haven within the domes through trickling creek beds to a hidden amphitheatre. Passing several different types of desert habitats, there’s the opportunity to view many different plants and birdlife.

The second lookout walk is a 5.4km return trip, but we recommend continuing the Valley of the Winds circuit rather than turning back. Be sure to get to this part of the walk early to avoid the crowds and see the local wildlife.

 

Valley of the Winds Walk FAQ

The Valley of the Winds is a challenging walk through Kata Tjuta's domes that takes 3-4 hours to complete. The Valley of the Winds circuit is 7.4km long and contains rocky slopes and loose rocks that require care when navigating.

The Valley of the Winds is located within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia. More specifically, it is situated at The Olgas, also known as Kata Tjuta, which is approximately 56 kilometers west of Uluru (Ayers Rock).

Kata Tjuta is a place of immense significance due to its stunning geological formations, cultural importance to the Anangu people, breath-taking scenery, unique flora and fauna, and the opportunity for exploration through walking trails. With its 36 massive rock domes, red-hued landscapes, and spiritual energy, Kata Tjuta offers visitors a chance to connect with nature, experience First Nations heritage, and immerse themselves in a captivating and spiritually uplifting environment.

To do the walks in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park you need a park pass. The pass can be purchased online or comes with any AATKings Kata Tjuta tour. Multiday or full day tours with professional tour guides are the best way to see everything Central Australia has to offer.

Kata Tjuta Sunrise & Valley of the Winds

Half Day Tour | Uluru | Y50

View an outback sunrise at Kata Tjuta and a walk with your Guide to the Valley of the Winds.

From $165

Ochre Pass

Pre-paid Tour Pass | Uluru | Y5

AAT Kings Sightseeing Passes offer a great value for money, you can discover the domes of Kata Tjuta on the Valley of the Winds Walk and enjoy an outb...

From $485
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