Kata Tjuṯa Sunrise & Valley of the Winds
$129concession ? Prices above are for departures between 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018
Welcome to Kata Tjuṯa
Sit back and relax as you travel into the amazing Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. The scenery along the way will amaze you and with luck, you may even see some of the local wildlife such as dromedary camels and kangaroos.
On your journey, your experienced Driver Guide will share with you fascinating stories of the geology, history and culture of Kata Tjuta, which is deeply sacred to the local Anangu people.
Sunrise at Kata Tjuṯa
While sipping a warming cup of tea or coffee you can enjoy the wonder that is Kata Tjuta at sunrise. Each passing minute brings something new as the domes continue to change colour with the rising sun.
Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas)
Kata Tjuta simply translated means ‘heads many’ and given the 36 steep-sided domes of Kata Tjuta, it is aptly named. This incredible formation of rock domes extends six kilometres into the ground and is the remains of erosion that began more than 500 million years ago. The area is sacred under Anangu men’s law and under this law, details of many stories of Kata Tjuta are not known except to initiated men.
Valley of the Winds
On arrival at Kata Tjuta you’ll commence the walk to the Valley of the Winds, heading first to the Karu lookout. With views across the many domes of Kata Tjuta and out into the sacred Anangu men’s area, you’ll be in awe of this natural wonder. Next stop is the Karingana lookout. This walk can be a little challenging, but well worth the effort. It takes you down into a timeless haven within the domes through trickling creek beds. At times of extreme heat the walk may not be available, but will be substituted with an alternative walk.
Shorter walks are also available for those not wanting to walk to the second lookout.
Included Meals: Light Breakfast
Half Day Tour
Approximately 5.5 hours
Daily, 85 minutes prior to sunrise from Ayers Rock Resort
11.30am (Oct-Mar) and
Flights to depart after 1:30pm from Ayers Rock Airport
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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- Light Breakfast
- Experienced Driver and Guide
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle to hold 3 litres
- Warm layers in cooler months
Moderate to good level of fitness required.
Free hotel pick-ups
Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.
Pick-up times vary throughout the year due to different sunrise times.
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The domed mountains of Kata Tjuṯa cover an area of 21.68 km² and are composed of a coarse grained conglomerate of granite, gneiss and other volcanic rock.
The name 'The Olgas' comes from the tallest peak, Mt. Olga which was named in 1872 by Ernest Giles in honour of Queen Olga of Württemberg!
The highest point is Mount Olga, which rises approximately 546 m above the surrounding plain, 203 m higher than Uluṟu!
Many Aboriginal Dreamtime legends are associated with this place. The great snake Wanambi is said to live on the summit of Mount Olga and only comes down during the dry season.