Australia, Camping, Central Australia, Northern Territory

Kata Tjuta with Kids (The Olgas) in Central Australia

Kata Tjuta with Kids

I came here for Uluru, but ended up falling in love with Kata Tjuta.  This place has a stunning landscape and is far less ‘touristy’ than Uluru.  Maybe that’s why it feels so special? 

I visited Kata Tjuta on a self-drive camping trip with my husband and kids.  The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was our final destination before heading back home to the East Coast of Australia. See the route we followed here: Central Australia Road Trip With Kids (The Route We Took)

Kata Tjuta was a total surprise to me as I actually enjoyed it more than Uluru.  As I walked among the steep domes, running my hand along their walls, I couldn’t help but imagine the history they hold.

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I love how nothing is behind a barricade.  You really get up close to touch and feel the huge domes as you explore the area.  Mr nearly 4 was fascinated with touching the rock as he walked past, making observations about how hot or cold it felt.

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The magnificent domes of Kata Tjuta

Kata Tjuta is not suitable for strollers, so you will need a baby carrier if your kids are young.  I used the Ergo Baby Carrier and the Piggy Back Rider here. (see my baby and toddler carriers for travelling section for more details).

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The start of the Valley of the Winds Walk

Dune Viewing Area

As you drive towards Kata Tjuta, keep an eye out around the 26km mark for the Kata Tjuta Dune Viewing Area.  There is a short 600m walk (stroller and wheelchair access) up to a viewing area and if you plant yourself here at sunset or sunrise, the view is even more stunning.

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View of Kata Tjuta from the Dune Viewing Area

Valley of the Winds Walk

The Valley of the Winds walk was one of the highlights of our trip to Central Australia.  The full circuit is 7.4 km and there are loose rocks underfoot to negotiate so you need proper walking shoes.  We intended to do the full walk however I didn’t bring enough water and Mr nearly 4 needed a nap, so we ended up walking to the Karingana lookout (the second lookout) and then returning back the way we came.




If you’re not feeling up to it, you don’t have to do the full circuit.  The views from the first and second lookout are still fantastic! The first lookout is around 2.2 km returns and the second lookout is around 5.4 km return. There are maps available online and also at the Cultural Centre near Uluru.

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View from the 2nd lookout
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Wildflowers at Kata Tjuta
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The walking path inside the domes
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View from the back of the car as we were leaving

Walpa Gorge Walk

We didn’t have time to do this walk, however it is only 2.6 km return.  If we ever get a chance to visit again, I would love to complete the Valley of the Winds walk and also see the scenery on the Walpa Gorge Walk!

In general, Kata TJuta is a fantastic place to take kids, purely for the experience and scenery.  However, dehydration in this part of the world is a real danger, so make sure you carry a backpack with plenty of water and a few snacks.  A hat and sunscreen is a must for all members of the family here.


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