Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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    • Day 14

      @valley of the winds

      July 23, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Erster Stop, Studentenfutter begleitet uns. Heute etwas mehr klettern als gestern.
      First stop, power nut mix is a steady staple. More climbing than yesterday.

    • Day 144

      Outback 2☀️

      May 26, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Am Morgen wurden wir früh geweckt und nach einem kurzen Frühstück ging es dann auch schon zurück in den Uluru-Kata Tjuta Nationalpark. Dort haben wir einen unfassbar schönen Sonnenaufgang gesehen.
      Danach sind wir weiter zu Kata Tjuta gefahren, ein Gebilde aus vielen Steinen. Dort haben wir auch eine kleine Wanderung durch die "Valley of Winds" gemacht bis zu einem Aussichtspunkt, von dem aus man ins gegenüber liegende Tal schauen konnte.
      Den Nachmittag über saßen wir eigentlich nur im Truck auf unserem Weg zum Campingplatz nahe des Kings Canyon. Dort angekommen mussten wir feststellen dass Duschen und Toiletten 5km entfernt waren und das angebliche Trinkwasser eine widerliche brauntrübe Suppe war. Ausserdem haben wir nicht schlecht gestaunt als neben uns plötzlich eine Herde wilder Pferde, die zwei Dromedare im Schlepptau hatte an uns vorbeilief. Später haben wir dann auch noch ein paar Rinder gesehen und abends haben uns Dingos im Camp besucht und versucht unser Essen zu klauen. Ich war nur froh, dass es keine Schlangen, Spinnen oder Skorpione waren, vor allem weil wir wieder in den Swags geschlafen haben. Am Lagerfeuer haben wir dann noch zu abend gegessen, mit Sekt auf meinen Geburtstag angesossen und den vom Guide auf dem Lagerfeuer gebackenen Geburtstagskuchen zusammen mit Marshmallows gegessen.
      Alles in allem auf jeden Fall der spannendste und einer der schönsten Geburtstage bisher. 😍🎉
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    • Day 15

      The Olgas And The Field Of Lights

      July 7, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      We had intended getting up early before sunrise and driving out to The Olgas but a few things put us off the idea.

      1. It’s dark and freezing this morning and bed is too cozy to get out of.
      2. We are a bit ginger from last night’s Sound of Silence Dinner so a lie in is in order.
      3. It’s 50km to the sunrise spot and that equates to 40 minutes of precious sleep time.

      You get the idea...

      Never the less, we are up and about not long after 9.00am. So we load up the fridge cooler with roast chicken, a loaf of bread and some salad and drinks and hit the road for the drive to The Olgas.

      Like Uluru, we can see The Olgas in the distance and being 50km away, they look impressive already. As we approach a lookout still 10km away, we stop to admire a full view of the front taking in the whole width with the bush desert in front of them.

      It’s not until we approach the carpark and the start of a couple of walking trails that we realise these boulder shaped formations are on an epic scale, more like giant sculptures than mere rock.

      Anangu call this extraordinary landscape feature Kata Tjuta meaning “many heads”. The Anangu people believe it was made in the Tjukurpa (creation time) back in the beginning so it’s a very sacred place.

      Unlike Uluru which is one solid structure and a base to walk around (monolith), The Olgas are a series of independent sandstone structures that have pathways in and around them which lead to hidden valleys and lookouts. The valleys and landscapes in between the boulders showcase a range of vegetation due to the variations in sunlight and shady areas.

      As we walk up and between two rocks, the wind whips through the Olgas like someone’s just turned the air conditioning on. At this time of the year, even though it’s warm and sunny, the whirling wind is quite crisp.

      We decide to do the 7.4km wind valley hike. Most people just do a couple of lookouts then head back but for an extra few km, the reward is worth it. It doesn’t sound much of a challenge but the terrain is rocky on foot and for hotter days, there’s warning signs requesting that hikers don’t attempt the circuit if it’s above 36 degrees. Well its 10.00am and I don’t think we will get past 27 degrees today and we have tackled some tougher terrain on this trip so we are good to go.

      We follow the rocky pathway which leads up hill towards two giant boulder formations and it seems there’s no way through. However, the path snakes around and in between the formations to expose a small green valley floor surrounded by towering boulder rocks on every side. There’s a steep wider section that runs up between two Olgas and the deep blue of the sky at the top of the hill is inviting us up.

      Traversing the rocks, we reach the top to be greeted with a stunning aerial view of a wider lush green valley below defined by sheer sandstone walls on either side of us and more bright orange Olgas in the distance. The view, I would say is one of the best I have seen on this trip as it’s so ancient and remote, yet vibrant, green and alive. Surely dinosaurs are roaming about down there. Its got that feel about it. My photos don’t do it justice but they give an idea of how epic the view is.

      We follow the trail down into the valley below which opens up with desert sands and green bush trees dotting the landscape as far as the horizon. It’s not a difficult hike and for the most part the valley is flat or slightly undulating.

      I like the feel of this place and unlike walking the base of Uluru, it feels like you can get easily lost here between the giant boulders so it adds a bit of excitement to the mix.

      After completing the circuit, we are back at the carpark before midday and car loads of people have turned up. We are a little hungry so drive to a picnic area with views of The Olgas. There’s a long wooden picnic bench set up under a shelter where a large group of folk are preparing communal lunch. There’s so many flies, just everywhere that the group are getting fly sandwiches for lunch and it’s hopeless. So we head back to the car, turn on the air con and make our chicken and salad sandwiches in isolation, and eat them away from the pesky flies.

      On he way back to Yulara, we visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the foot of Uluru. Two senior Aboriginal women are sat on the floor in the art gallery doing dot paintings. What strikes me is that apart from two young girls working at the camp ground reception, the artist women are the first indigenous people we have come across at Uluru. We haven’t seen any tour guides or workers, they’re all white fella, and we haven’t seen any indigenous folk promoting their culture.

      Back at camp by 2.00pm, it’s siesta time and we really do need the rest before our evenings activity, The Field Of Lights.

      when Jen booked the Field Of Lights, they only had a star pass left which means we have to suffer pre drinks and canapés whilst taking in another Uluru sunset in an exclusive desert location before the light show begins. It’s hard work indulging in champagne and Kangaroo sliders watching the sun go down on one of the great natural wonders of the world.

      So what are The Field Of Lights. There you go, it’s basically “a field full of lights” or in this case, a remote desert bush full of thousands of glittering lights that change colour to reflect the outback and create a mood map on the landscape.

      The Field Of Lights came about from a vision and an idea that the now internationally celebrated artist Bruce Munro had many years ago when visiting this region. He was attracted by the changing colours of the landscape and wanted to interpret this though art and light.

      The exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara covers more than seven football fields with 50,000 spindles of light, the stems breathing and swaying through a desert spectrum of ochre, deep violet, blue and gentle white.

      Jen’s favourite colour is purple and as we slowly walks through the field of lights, each time we are nearing a purple section, it changes colour. Someone’s pushing a button, I swear... No, they’re just random lights that change colours creating what looks like a living work of art.

      Bruce Munro has many installations around the world but this one is by far the biggest and the only one that is completely self sufficient as it runs on solar.

      The Field of Lights is running until the end of 2020 and is a popular attraction that is often booked out for weeks in advance. With the closure of the walk up Uluru from October this year, they should keep this colourful and unique attraction going permanently as another draw card for the area.

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    • Day 353

      Kata Tjuṯa

      April 5, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      So lovely, so unexpected, so big.

      A warm day for walking, and we certainly arrived later in the day than the optimal hour for the walks. Good thing we are young and fit.

      36 giant domes of coarse conglomerate rock. Amazing.

      We hiked into The Valley of the Winds and Waḻpa Gorge. Consider us rewarded.
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    • Day 154

      Kata-Tjuta - The Olgas

      June 3, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

      I think it took me nearly half the walk to warm up on the Valley of the Winds walk, then we hit the look out and experienced the ‘Valley of the Winds’ and it was time to put the jumper back on 😂.

      We saw were the famous naked shot of Uncle Shaun was taken, I tried to convince all three of my boys to take their gear of and reenact it but they complained about the cold, shrinkage, and the amount of people on the track who would see 🙄. Soft the lot of them! So only clothes on pics from us.
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    • Day 6

      Karu Lookout

      August 27, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      We walked to Karu Lookout in the Valley of the Wind which is one of the shortest walks and took 1 hour. The walk whilst not difficult was steep and rocky in places unlike Uluru which was a very easy walk.Read more

    • Day 5

      Kata Juta

      April 22, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      The final shots of this magnificent place are probably the best as it was the final view down into the valley that was the game breaker.
      From what I can see the joint management of the National Parks with the First Nations people is a resounding success and I would have to say that the National Parks in the Northern Territory are exceptionally well managed. They are well maintained, clean and safe and a great promotion for Australia generally.
      The walk through Kata Juta is a must see and do in the NT.
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