Friday, October 9, 2009
NT-Kata Tjuta ( The Olgas)
About 50klms west of Uluru is another unique rock mass, Kata Tjuta. This group is made up of 36 weathered rock domes which are estimated to be about 500 million years old. These domes are mixtures of gravel, pebbles and boulders cemented together by sand and mud called conglomerates. Apparently, Aboriginal people have lived in the area for at least 25,000 years. When you view the harshness of the land you really appreciate the Aborigines and their survival skills.
One morning we drove out to Kata Tjuta and spent three hours walking the “Valley of the Winds’ trail which is the hardest walk we have done to date. It was up and down some of the domes, through some valleys and I think we did more walking up than we did walking down. The temperature got up to the mid 30’s so by the time we had finished we were both beet red.
One afternoon we went on a helicopter ride over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. A storm was rolling in so we saw both rock structures with cloud around them which gives them a different perspective than all the sunny photos that you normally see. They are both majestic from the air.
Later that night the storm hit. We had red dust everywhere in our caravan and even though I have wiped everything several times there still seems to be a fine layer of dust arriving as quickly as I wiped up.
Our visit to the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park has been a wonderful experience, Both of these places have a certain magic about them which makes you want to return.