The Wild and Windy Scenes of Walpa Gorge

The landscape surrounding Uluru is packed full of fascinating sights, from huge rock formations that rise up in a rusty orange, to deep valleys that are peppered with rough greenery and snaking trails. Throughout the region, there are plenty of viewing points to discover and enjoy, as well as plenty of native flora and fauna to look out for.

Near to Kata Tjuta (or the Olgas), one of the most prominent landmarks in the area aside from Uluru, there is a leisurely walk that takes you through some of the most surreal scenery in this part of Australia. The walk cuts through Walpa Gorge, a spectacular show of vibrant red and orange cliff faces that jut up towards the blue sky.

As well as soaking up the spectacular scenery and immersing yourself in the deep gullies cut through the formations, you can see the 36 majestic The Olgas -domes of Kata Tjuta with unrivalled views.

Also known as the Valley of the Winds, the Gorge offers a great shortcut through the scenery that is perfect for adults and kids alike – the unusual terrain makes for great play spots, and the towering cliffs offer a little respite from the searing sun.

Though this walk is a popular activity, it isn’t always open to the public. Sometimes, they are closed off for preservation purposes or to allow the local Aboriginal owners to carry out their ancient ceremonies. This is all part and parcel of this part of Australia, which is still heavily imbued with a rich cultural heritage. As well as marvelling at the landscape, there is ample opportunity to get to know the region’s past, and learn more about the way of life that still pervades there today.

When you embark on a journey through Walpa Gorge, you follow a picturesque trail that runs alongside a natural creek between two of Kata Tjuta’s largest and most impressive domes. The 2.6 kilometre track lets you get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most breath-taking monuments, placing you in between the sheer rugged walls and within touching distance of a fascinating historic narrative.

While walking through, you’ll discover a desert landscape that is dotted with verdant greenery and a collection of native animal species, including a large number of sun-seeking reptiles. After you pass through, you’ll emerge in a grove filled with spear wood before being fed out onto a viewing platform that peeks out from between the two domes. At the end of the walk, you’ll have ample time to soak up the views and listen out for the gentle wind, which is where the Gorge got its name from.

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