Kata TjutaCurrently Open
- Address: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Lasseter Highway, Uluru NT 0872, Australia
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +61-889561128
- Ticket Price: 25 AUD
- Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
- Tags: Mountain, View Point, Walking Area, Family And Kids, Nature
Kata Tjuta, which means “many heads”, is the aboriginal name for Mount Olga and its cluster of rock domes. Colloquially known simply as the Olgas, the 36 domes make up Kata Tjuta and cover an area of 21.68 km sq (8.37 sq mi). The highest point, Mt Olga is 546m, which is approximately 200m higher than Uluru. It was named in honour of Queen Olga of Wurttemberg.
Like Uluru, Kata Tjuta too features prominently in the Dreamtime and creation mythology of the Aboriginal people who, according to archaeological data, have inhabited the area for approximately 22,000 years. It is still a site for many ceremonies and rituals conducted by the Anangu people who reside there.
There used to be 12 walks around Kata Tjuta, however today only two remain that can be accessed by visitors. The Walpa Gorge Walk is a short and easy stroll that leads to a viewing point between the rocks and takes about an hour to cover. The more demanding walk is the Valley of the Winds Walk, which takes about three hours and covers two lookout points. There is also the Kata Tjuta dune viewing area, which is worth a visit to see one of the most mesmerising sunsets or sunrises.
A trip to the Kata Tjuta is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the spectacular natural beauty of the region and understand the deep-rooted culture of the Aboriginal people and the significance of bushwalking.
- Most of the walks are wheelchair accessible, and range from easy to moderate.
- Although climbing is not prohibited, it is discouraged as the aboriginals consider it sacred ground.
- The climb is demanding and there have been cases of death and injury.
- Do not attempt the climb if you have high or low blood pressure, heart problems, breathing problems, a fear of heights or if you are not fit.
- Access to Kata Tjuta may be closed due to inclement weather conditions.
- The three day Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park permit fee of $25 AUD includes visit to Kata Tjuta/ Mount Olga.
- Closed overnight; in summer (December, January and February) from 8 am, if the forecasted temperature at 5 pm the day before is 36 degrees Celsius or above.
- Uluru Express runs buses every hour from all major resorts in Yulara.
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95% of people who visit Uluru include Kata Tjuta in their plan
32.61% of people start their Kata Tjuta visit around 07 AM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Kata Tjuta
60.61% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kata Tjuta