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Kata Tjuta Valley of the Winds is a 7.4km, grade 3-4 circuit hike, located in the Northern Territory. The hike should take approximately 2-3hrs to complete.
Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) is a massive pole of 36 weathered domes, estimated to be around 500 million years old. Explore this site by taking the Kata Tjuta Valley of the Winds walk. Enjoy various waterholes, sacred meeting areas and numerous native birds including finches and budgerigars. Following rain you can also view native wild flowers along the desert plains.
The Valley of the Winds walk lets you immerse yourself among Kata Tjutas domes. It also features unparalleled views of the spectacular Mars-like landscape surrounding Kata Tjuta from two lookout points along the track.
This walk is classed as Grade 4. It is steep, rocky and difficult in places, so please be careful and take your time. The full Valley of the Winds circuit takes 3-4 hours. Drinking water is available halfway along the track.
For a shorter option you can walk to one of the lookouts and return. However, doing the full circuit is actually easier than walking to the second lookout (Karingana) and returning.
Karu lookout (1 hour, 2.2 km return) – Grade 3
The track to the first lookout is moderately difficult and has some loose rocks to negotiate. However, the views from the lookout are absolutely jaw-dropping.
Mind your step and wear sturdy footwear. Drinking water is available at the start of the track.
Karingana lookout (2.5 hours, 5.4 km return) – Grade 4
The track to the Karingana lookout takes you down into the valley and creek beds.
It is challenging in sections with many steps and some steep spots.
- Heat exhaustion and dehydration risk. In hot weather finish these walks by 11.0am.
- You will come across very few people after the first lookout, making the Valley of the Winds the perfect place for some quiet contemplation.
Max elevation: 770 m
Min elevation: 584 m
Total climbing: 495 m
Total descent: -495 m