Australia, Central Australia, Northern Territory

Kata Tjuta with Kids (The Olgas)

Kata Tjuta with Kids (The Olgas)

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

I visited Kata Tjuta with my husband and young kids on a Central Australia road camping trip.  See the route we followed here: Central Australia Road Trip With Kids (The Route We Took)

Kata Tjuta was a total surprise to me!  After experiencing the magic of Uluru the day before, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it quite as much. Walking among the high domes, running my hand along their walls, I couldn’t help but imagine the stories they could tell.

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Walking among the domes on the Valley of the Winds Walk

Nothing is behind a barricade, but signage indicates to be respectful by staying on the path.  You really get up close to touch and feel the huge domes as you walk the paths.  Mr nearly four was fascinated with touching the rock as he walked past, making observations about how hot or cold it felt.

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, but I didn’t bring enough water and Mr nearly four 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

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!

Kata Tjuta with Kids

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.


How to get there

Driving

We chose to drive to Uluru on an epic road trip from the east coast of Australia.  Uluru is a long drive from anywhere in Australia and you will need to do some research before you attempt it.  It can be done in a standard 2WD vehicle but if you want to get off the highway and drive on some of the awesome outback roads, you will need a 4WD.

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Views from the back window as your leave if you drive yourself!

Flying

You can fly into either Alice Springs or Yulara from capital cities in Australia, and either hire a vehicle or book a tour from there.  We stayed at Ayers Rock Resort at Yulara near Uluru, and at the Big4 in Alice Springs.

Tours can be booked here:


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For more blog posts, photographs and information on my travels through Central Australia with kids, check out this page: Central Australia with Kids

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