Walpa Gorge (Olga Gorge)
There’s a certain power to Kata Tjuta that emanates out of the rocks, and the 1.6-mile (2.6-kilometer) trail through Walpa Gorge is a great way to experience it. A viewing platform at the end of the trail provides sweeping views of the Olgas, which have stoically weathered millennia of storms to be shaped how they are today. Guided tours are available, including sunrise walks and multi-day trips that combine UNESCO-listed Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park.
Things to know before you go
- Remember to bring proper hiking shoes and copious amounts of water.
- Facilities include drinking water and an emergency radio-alarm.
- The 1-hour hiking trail is moderate, somewhat uneven, and not wheelchair accessible.
- As it is a sacred site to the Anangu people, please stay on trails and tread lightly.
- Visitors are asked to keep both sides of Walpa Gorge in any photos in order to respect the spiritual beliefs of the Anangu.
How to get there
Walpa Gorge is located 45 minutes west of Uluru. The road between the two sites is paved, and Walpa Gorge is only a few minutes from nearby Valley of the Winds. Guided day trips most often provide round-trip transport from Ayers Rock Resort or hotels in Alice Springs.
When to get there
To have the gorge trail all to yourself, consider hiking at first light when the air is nice and cool. Flowers here are in greater abundance than at neighboring Valley of the Winds, and the gorge is particularly scenic in the afternoon when the valley is filled with light. Stick around for a stunning sunset when most people depart for the Kata Tjuta sunset viewing area.
Walpa Gorge is renowned for its winter carpet of daisies as well as rare plants and other desert dwellers such as rock wallabies that hop among the domes of Kata Tjuta. Since the trail follows a natural creek and offers shade, it provides great habitat. A spearwood grove completes the gently sloping route.