Walking through the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta!

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:

Wallaroo – Smaller than a Kangaroo. Bigger than a Wallaby.

 

A huge Perentie. Or so I think.

And because I didn’t want to end this post with a semi-visible picture of a Perentie…

Looking back through the amazing ‘Valley of the Winds’.

Inabit x

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6 comments

  1. Wow! Australia is my dream. i would love to go there one day.

    1. Anthony Braybrooke · · Reply

      It’s truly amazing. I can’t wait to see more of it. It’s ridiculous that one country can have a continuous coastline, mountains, deserts, rainforests, reefs, untouched beeches, huge cities, seaside towns, etc.

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  4. Awesome pictures! Strange how much this looks like Spitzkoppe in Namibia! The world is such a funny place.

    1. Anthony Braybrooke · · Reply

      Thanks! Cheers for the comment tooo. It’s such a rad place. x

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