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Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, the mighty Ayers Rock (Uluru), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park. This natural wonder, comprising 36 domed red rocks looming up from the desert plains, is a spectacular sight and one of the highlights of Australia’s Red Centre.

The Basics
The best views of the Olgas are from the Kata Tjuta Dune viewing platform, especially at sunrise. Sunset visits are popular as well. Hikers can follow the Walpa Gorge walk (about a 1-hour circuit that passes between the two main domes) or the more challenging Valley of the Winds trail (a 3-hour circuit). 

Day tours depart from Ayers Rock, Yulara, or Alice Springs, and often include a visit to nearby Uluru, a stop at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, or an Aussie-style barbecue in the Outback. Choosing a multi-day tour means you can travel farther into the desert to visit Kings Canyon or Lake Amadeus, enjoy camping beneath the desert stars, and experience the Olgas at sunrise and sunset. Adventurous travelers can also take a desert camel ride, an ATV safari, or a helicopter or fixed-wing scenic flight.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Kata Tjuta is an essential stop for outdoor and adventure lovers, and first-time visitors to the region. 
  • This is a sacred Aboriginal site, and climbing the rocks is considered disrespectful to the Anangu people.
  • Cell phone coverage can be limited, but Wi-Fi is available at the Cultural Centre in Uluru and Ayers Rock Resort.
  • Kata Tjuta is in the desert, so sunscreen, a hat, water, and comfortable shoes are a must. Prepare for high temperatures during the day and chilly weather at night.
  • Alcohol is not allowed in the park except on organized tours.
  • The Kata Tjuta Dune viewing platform is accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
Kata Tjuta is located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, around 25 miles (40 kilometers) and a 40-minute drive west of Uluru. The closest accommodation and restaurants are the Ayers Rock Resort in Yulara, a 45-minute drive; the nearest major town, Alice Springs, is an over 5-hour drive. Regular flights run to Ayers Rock Airport and Alice Springs Airport, while cars and buses arrive via the Northern Territory’s scenic Red Centre Way.

When to Get There
Kata Tjuta is visitable year-round. May through September offer cooler weather that’s better suited for hiking and sightseeing tours. In summer (December to March), when temperatures can go above 100°F (38°C), it’s best to plan activities before 11am. Try to visit at sunrise or sunset, when the changing light casts colorful hues over the rocks.

What Are The Olgas?
Volcanic activity some 550 million years ago formed The Olgas, 36 enormous domed rocks made from the same arkose sandstone as Uluru. The domes stretch over a massive 12-mile (20-kilometer) area, and the highest peak—Mount Olga—is much higher than Uluru at 1,790 feet (546 meters). The OIgas are traditionally known by their indigenous name, Kata Tjuta, which means “many heads,” and the site remains of great cultural and spiritual importance to the Anangu people.
Address: Lasseter Highway, Yulara, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory 0872, Australia
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Uluru Small-Group Tour by Camel at Sunrise or Sunset

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Uluru Small-Group Tour by Camel at Sunrise or Sunset

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Enjoy a camel tour against the incredible backdrop of Ayers Rock (Uluru) and Kata Tjuta. Choose an express camel ride in the morning or afternoon, or select a sunrise tour (includes billy tea and baked beer bread) or a sunset tour (includes sparkling wine, beer, or soft drinks with snacks) and watch the changing colors of Uluru at dawn or dusk. You’re led through the outback in Australia’s Red Centre by an expert cameleer who shares knowledge of the desert’s wildlife and ecology along the way. Hotel transport included.
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Uluru and Kata Tjuta Experience with BBQ Dinner

Uluru and Kata Tjuta Experience with BBQ Dinner

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Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) and Kata Tjuta are two of Australia’s most photographed natural wonders and this full-day tour takes in both. Enjoy guided hikes to the Walpa Gorge, Mutitjulu Waterhole, and the Mala Walk; visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre; and tuck into a traditional Aussie barbecue dinner as you watch the sunset over Uluru.
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Kata Tjuta Sunset Half Day Trip

Kata Tjuta Sunset Half Day Trip

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Wind down the day by watching the sunset over Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Your guide takes you into Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park to enjoy the colorful sunrise while sipping a glass of wine and snacking on gourmet appetizers. Hear about the history and sacred significance of Kata Tjuta, and learn some of the legends of the local Anangu people. This 2.5-hour tour provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience of Australia’s Red Centre.
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Overnight Uluru (Ayers Rock) Small-Group Camping Tour

Overnight Uluru (Ayers Rock) Small-Group Camping Tour

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Discover the beauty of Australia's Red Centre on a 2-day camping tour of World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Start from Alice Springs or Ayers Rock, then travel with your guide to Uluru and Kata Tjuta where you take walks, hear stories of Aboriginal culture, and watch the sunrise and sunset over Uluru. Camp overnight in the national park, sleeping under the stars. An ideal tour if you have limited time, this small-group tour offers an intimate experience at one of Australia's most iconic sites.
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2 Day Uluru Camping Adventure

2 Day Uluru Camping Adventure

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Explore the mystery of Uluru and watch a breathtaking sunset over the worlds most iconic rock. Camp underneath a billion stars and hike between the magnificent domes of Kata Tjuta. We are the smallest family business in the big Red Centre and the only company to offer a tailored 2 day camping tour in the Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park. See everything the area has to offer and avoid the endless driving hours associated with trips that run from Alice Springs. Our groups are smaller, our tours are more personal and our legendary guides are always ready to welcome you with a story and a smile :)
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4 Day/3 Night Perentie Dreaming Safari

4 Day/3 Night Perentie Dreaming Safari

This Wayoutback Safari offers an authentic outback adventure travelling with a small group in a purpose built four-wheel drive vehicle. As well as experiencing the wonders of Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Watarrka (Kings Canyon), we'll give you the opportunity to really experience the desert driving on dirt roads. Avoid the crowds staying at our remote private bush camps where you will sleep under the clearest southern stars you can imagine with your choice of a traditional swag or comfortable permanent safari tent complete with beds, pillows and all linen. This is an emotive journey into the heart of the Red Centre.
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