Kata Tjuta (otherwise known as the Olgas) is set within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. They are a group of large domed rock formations located about 365 kilometres southwest of Alice Springs, in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia.
The name has been aptly given to the Olgas as Kata Tjuta actually means 'many heads' in traditional Aboriginal language. The alternative name, The Olgas, comes from the tallest peak, Mt. Olga. At the behest of Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, Mt. Olga was named in 1872 by Ernest Giles, in honour of Queen Olga of Wurttemberg.
The Kata Tjuta you see today are the remains of erosion that began around 500 million years ago. The formations are visible tips of enormous slabs of rock that extend as far as six kilometres into the ground. Archaeological work suggests that Aboriginal people have lived in the area for at least 22,000 years.
There is an entrance fee into the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The fee is $25.00 per adult (16 years and over) for a 3 day pass. Children under 16 years enter free.
There are two walks that you can take around the Olgas. The Valley of the Winds Walk is along a 7km track that circles several of the Olgas. If the temperature is due to be 36 degrees or more then this walk is closed from 11am at the Kalpa Lookout, so get there early to avoid disappointment.
It is also best to walk early in the morning as it makes a more comfortable walk. The other walk that is available is the Olga Gorge Walk (Tatintjawiya), which is a 2km walk into the beautiful gorge.
The closest accommodation to the Olgas would be at the Ayers Rock Resort, where there is a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
Destinations within Red Centre
|Other Red Centre Destinations|
|Aileron||Alice Springs||Barrow Creek|
|Eastern MacDonnell Ranges||Hermannsburg||Kata Tjuta|
|Kings Canyon||Simpson Desert||Ti Tree|
|Wauchope||Western MacDonnell Ranges|