Kata Tjuta is a Pitjantjatjara word meaning ‘many heads’. Why is it called that? Well, isn’t that obvious?. There are 32 rock domes that make up Kata Tjuta and walks around and through these look amazing.
Kata Tjuta is still very important for Aboriginal Anangu people, who have inhabited the area for more than 22,000 years. For that reason it is very important that you remain on the trails when walking round in order to respect these traditions and not wander into specific sacred sites. As with Uluru there are many dreamtime stories about how Kata Tjuta was formed, including a number of legends surround the great snake king Wanambi who lives in the summit of Mt. Olga. Truly fascinating.
The Valley of the Winds walk is just one of the walks around these amazing domes. It’s about 7.5km’s long and has a pretty steep climb within it. I’d recommend doing it early in the morning. We started it at about 7am and it was still boiling by the time we finished. In September. The walk is closed when it gets above 36C too. UNSURPRISINGLY IT GETS HOT IN THE DESERT.
Here are the pictures:
In case the geological magnificence doesn’t interest you, check out the wildlife:
And because I didn’t want to end this post with a semi-visible picture of a Perentie…