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Valley of the Winds
Valley of the Winds

Valley of the Winds

Valley of the Winds Road, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Petermann NT, Australia

The basics

Far less crowded than the walking track around Uluru (Ayers Rock) and in many ways more powerful, the Valley of the Winds is the longest hike in Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). The first lookout is less than a mile from the main trailhead parking lot, and the entire loop past both lookouts is approximately 4.6 miles (7.4 kilometers). Allow about three hours to complete the trail around the base of Kata Tjuta.

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Things to know before you go

  • Sturdy shoes, a sun hat, and plenty of drinking water are mandatory for the hike. 
  • Facilities include drinking water and an emergency radio alarm.
  • Points on the rocky trail are somewhat challenging and steep; a good level of physical fitness is required.
  • The somewhat uneven path is not wheelchair accessible.
  • As the area is sacred to the Anangu people, please stay on trails and tread lightly.
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How to get there

Valley of the Winds is located 45 minutes west of the viewing area at Uluru. The road is paved connecting the two sites, and it’s only a few minutes from nearby Walpa Gorge. Guided day trips commonly provide round-trip transport from Ayers Rock Resort.

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When to get there

A walk in the cool morning hours after sunrise allows visitors to see the phenomenal color changes over the sandstone domes. Portions of the Valley of the Winds trail are closed in summer due to the stifling desert heat. 

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Sacred Lands

The track traverses land that’s been used by the aboriginal Anangu people for traditional cultural ceremonies for thousands of years. It’s the deepest foray you can make into this landscape. Going with a guide introduces visitors to the geological origins of the rocks and provides insight about their spiritual significance.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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