Valley of the Winds
Valley of the Winds
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The Valley of the Winds walk lets visitors immerse themselves among Kata Tjuta's domes. Featuring unparalleled views on the spectacular desert landscape, the walk takes approximately 3-4 hours and can be steep and rocky in some areas.
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  • Kathryn C
    Dunstable, United Kingdom434 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply the Best!
    A stunning walk through the canyon with red rock rising on all sides. Head to the second lookout and continue on down the steep steps to avoid the crowds heading back the way they came and to see the many 'heads' of Kata Tjuta before rejoining the main trail back to the first lookout. Simply the best!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • mrc282
    World8,640 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    do a morning hike
    this hike allows you to go up close to Kata Tjuta. i did the entire circuit in a counter clockwise manner, which is the park's recommendation if you follow the signs. the most scenic portion is between Lookout #1 (Karuu) and #2 (Karingana). after Karingana, there is a steep hill where you descend before heading back to car park on a fairly flat path. i took 2h to complete the entire circuit including photo stops. the park suggested duration is 4h which is quite generous. it is not recommended to walk the entire circuit if you start later than 11 am (more applicable for summer season imo). there are multiple water stations along the way. there is no mobile signal (Telstra) except at the trailhead near the information board.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 10, 2023
  • CJDevolo
    Bendigo, Australia88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very well named
    We did the four hour trip with SEIT tours and really enjoyed it. The view from the second look out is amazing as is the composition of the conglomerate rock that the domes are made of. Our guide was very informative and allowed plenty of time to stop and take in the views. The walk is achievable for people of varying levels of fitness as long as you are prepared to take your time and take the right gear. We went well prepared with hats, sunscreen, water and food and although the weather stayed mild we are glad we went prepared. You could really get caught out on a hot day as the second half of the loop is very exposed with little shade. Oh, and one of the funny looking fly nets would be a good investment as the weather warms up. We didn't take any photos of the domes as requested by the traditional owners. There are already plenty on the Internet and none of them do justice to seeing them up close and personal.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • Susan H
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular scenery on a fabulous hike
    I loved this hike. Taking in the underrated and less famous Kata Tjuṯa the Valey of the Winds was a great hike. The indication is 3-4hrs for the approx 7.4km and there are parts that are graded 4 and steep. The suggestion is you should have a certain level of fitness to undertake this. I would definitely say that you need to bear in mind the impact heat will have on your fitness ability. As with all things though fitness level & degree of difficulty are all subjective & relative to your experience. There definitely are steep parts and my tracker brought the hike in at just under 7km. The heat does add a layer as I mentioned but that’s why I did the sunrise hike and followed the Hop On/Off drivers suggestion to take the right fork and get the steeper stuff done in the coolest part of the day. I did it in Australia’s summer so peak heat and it was indeed already 38 degrees by 8am. There is a point near the first lookout where the track is closed once the temperature gets above 36 degrees so if you’re not beyond it by then you can’t carry on. They indicate you should consume 1 litre of water for every hour you hike. I personally did not manage this but kept hydrated throughout. There are two points where you can refill your water on the route. I carried sunscreen, hat, fly net, extra layer in case I was getting burned. I wore shorts, trail shoes, tank top, headband & sunglasses. I was lucky that the flies weren’t too bad so didn’t need the pesky fly net. I had a backpack but just a day pack and kept it as light as I could within the safety indications as I didn’t want extra weight to add to the heat. Hope you enjoy this hike as much as I did!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 9, 2024
  • McF352
    Sydney, Australia50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of our trip!
    This walk is a must-do! There are a lot of warnings about difficulty but we did it after watching the sunrise in April and heat was not a problem. In fact we set off in puffer jackets as it was still cold. There are some steep parts that are a bit of a scramble but I’d say most people could easily manage. The views are exceptional as you pass around and between the domes and then out the back into the open plain. We only saw about 3 other people so the seclusion is worth it too.
    Hi McF352, thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback with us! Valley of The Winds is a great hike early in the day in Summer! The team at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park works hard to make it an enjoyable destination for visitors and we’re thrilled you had such a great time. Thanks, Parks Australia
    Written May 16, 2024
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    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 14, 2024
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Boyd J
Maleny, Australia1,735 contributions
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Mar 2020
It's a reasonably demanding (in places) 7.5 kilometre up and down walk through the domes and Mars-like landscape in places. The walk is closed at 11.00 a.m. if the maximum temperature is predicted to hit 36 degrees and by the time we returned at midday the temperature had reached that and the walk was closed to all but those finishing their hike. Unlike the base walk of Uluru, there are two water tanks along the way. It was worth the exertion – starkly beautiful and there is the feeling of being so far away from everything. Splendid isolation!
Written March 15, 2020
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,909 contributions
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Jun 2021
We spend three days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and saw some brilliant scenery, including a totally awesome sunset at Uluru. But probably our favourite site was the Valley of the Winds walk in the Kata Tjuta (aka 'The Olgas' aka 'Many Heads') section of the National Park. We did the full-circuit, said to be only 7.4 km, but took us close to 4 hours. It is tough walk but some amazing views make it very rewarding. Some good bird life to spot too including flocks of budgies and zebra finches. All the advice given by National Parks is rock solid, so follow it: start early, wear a hat and sunscreen, and carry plenty of water and a few snacks. I would add another, bring along a fly net. Facilities here are limited - a toilet block and that is about it. If you still have the energy I would suggest you also try the nearby Walpa Gorge walk, which is also very rewarding. The red glowing cliffs towering above you as you enter the gorge are just extraordinary.
Written June 29, 2021
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Belinda E
Brisbane, Australia467 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We were really looking forward to the Valley of the Winds walk and it didn't disappoint. We do walk quite a bit but (after reading the reviews) we were surprised how easy it was. If you have a decent level of fitness and are reasonably agile you'll be just fine. If you are somewhat clumsy (like me) you may just have to do one small bit by sliding down on your bottom though!!

It is 7.5km to do the whole circuit. Strangely, it's probably easier to do the whole Valley of the Winds circuit than the shorter walk to the second lookout. This is because the steepest parts of the trail are in that section and passing them once is probably easier than going up and back over that one part.

After a short initial walk you come to the first lookout which really isn't all that good. If you've come this far you really need to at least make it to the second lookout! Shortly after the first lookout you come to a fork in the trail with a sign to the second lookout off the right.

After reading reviews we decided to go left instead and walk anti clockwise. Just about everyone goes off to the right (and you do need to go this way if you are doing the shorter walk) but if you are intending to do the whole walk I would definitely recommend going left. It is a slightly harder climb but we thought it was worth it as the view was considerably better for a much longer part of the track (you have Kata Tjuta in your view for much longer).

We didn't rush at all. We visited during COVID and there were few tourists. At one point we sat down in the Valley and enjoyed a truly amazing 25 minutes of solitude with our kids. Even with our half hour break we still completed the walk in well under 3 hours.

Take plenty of water and be aware of the time of day you set off. Early morning is definitely the best bet in the hotter months.

We did the base walk of Uluru and the Kings Canyon Rim Walk during our visit to NT and this one placed firmly in the middle. We rated Kings Canyon the # 1 but the Valley of the Winds was also amazing. This one is definitely not to be missed. The base walk of Uluru is the one I'd skip if I was short on time. You can easily see Uluru just by visiting sections of the trail.

If your fitness doesn't allow you to get around the Valley of the Winds there is the shorter Walpa Gorge walk leaving from here too. We did Walpa Gorge straight after Valley of the Winds and enjoyed both (although Valley of the Winds was by far the stand out). Highly recommend!!!!
Written December 1, 2021
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Jonique Life
Australia1,607 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
The circuit walk is amazing! It is so different to Uluru and people should be talking about this place more.

The cost to get into the national park is $35 per person for 3 days so add this to your agenda. The full circuit is just over 7 km or you could just stop at the first lookout which is only approx. 1 km one way, the full hike it not so hard but there is some stairs and steep sections. The lookouts throughout the hike are magical, loved it!

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Written July 7, 2021
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Susan H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I loved this hike. Taking in the underrated and less famous Kata Tjuṯa the Valey of the Winds was a great hike.

The indication is 3-4hrs for the approx 7.4km and there are parts that are graded 4 and steep. The suggestion is you should have a certain level of fitness to undertake this.

I would definitely say that you need to bear in mind the impact heat will have on your fitness ability.

As with all things though fitness level & degree of difficulty are all subjective & relative to your experience.

There definitely are steep parts and my tracker brought the hike in at just under 7km. The heat does add a layer as I mentioned but that’s why I did the sunrise hike and followed the Hop On/Off drivers suggestion to take the right fork and get the steeper stuff done in the coolest part of the day. I did it in Australia’s summer so peak heat and it was indeed already 38 degrees by 8am.

There is a point near the first lookout where the track is closed once the temperature gets above 36 degrees so if you’re not beyond it by then you can’t carry on.

They indicate you should consume 1 litre of water for every hour you hike. I personally did not manage this but kept hydrated throughout. There are two points where you can refill your water on the route.

I carried sunscreen, hat, fly net, extra layer in case I was getting burned.

I wore shorts, trail shoes, tank top, headband & sunglasses. I was lucky that the flies weren’t too bad so didn’t need the pesky fly net. I had a backpack but just a day pack and kept it as light as I could within the safety indications as I didn’t want extra weight to add to the heat.

Hope you enjoy this hike as much as I did!
Written January 9, 2024
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Twilli
Sydney, Australia21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The best hike of our entire trip! The hike is so unique and the view at the end is worth the effort! The walk to the first lookout is quite easy, can be doable for all fitness types. But from there can become tricky. Still wasn’t too strenuous but you do climb up some rocks and the surface can be uneven and narrow. I would also recommend to take a tour as the path isn’t clearly defined in some parts.
If you are able, definitely recommend going to the end and the best viewpoint of the area will await you!
If you go in summer, go at sunrise so it’s not too hot on the way back out. If going in winter, still go early in the day (before 10am) but bring a light sweater for the start of the hike as it can be chilly early morning before the sun comes over the formations.
Written March 2, 2020
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CJDevolo
Bendigo, Australia88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We did the four hour trip with SEIT tours and really enjoyed it. The view from the second look out is amazing as is the composition of the conglomerate rock that the domes are made of. Our guide was very informative and allowed plenty of time to stop and take in the views. The walk is achievable for people of varying levels of fitness as long as you are prepared to take your time and take the right gear. We went well prepared with hats, sunscreen, water and food and although the weather stayed mild we are glad we went prepared. You could really get caught out on a hot day as the second half of the loop is very exposed with little shade. Oh, and one of the funny looking fly nets would be a good investment as the weather warms up. We didn't take any photos of the domes as requested by the traditional owners. There are already plenty on the Internet and none of them do justice to seeing them up close and personal.
Written October 2, 2023
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brettfarrelly
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
The scenery and the sheer size of the Olgas. The tour guide from Kings , Aaron was knowledgeable and interesting. He allowed us to walk at our leisure and take in the atmosphere. sunrise viewing of Uluru was a perfect way to start the day

It is a decent walk on uneven ground and lasts 2 to 3 hours but we had people of all ages and there was no issues.
Written April 3, 2020
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TravellingQldlanders
Morayfield, Australia951 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
After our sunrise at the dunes viewing area w drove on to the Valley of the Winds, about 40 kms from Yulara. There are 3 options the full walk around 3 hrs at level 4, there are some steep climbs you need to be reasonably fit and able to handle steps up and down of varying heights, a walk to lookout 1 about 45 minutes return a reasonably easy walk up a steady grade. You can also, push on to the Second Lookout, which is much more interesting than the first lookout, but the Level 4 walking makes it a challenge if you don’t have reasonable fitness. I did the walk to the second lookout; it was worth the effort, but I certainly felt it. With this walk followed by the easier Walpa walk I did over 22,000 steps for the day.
Written May 18, 2021
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Robert K
Adelaide, Australia219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Uluru (Ayers Rock) is famous worldwide but your stay is not complete without visiting its lesser known but scenically more interesting cousin Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) just 50 km down the road. The best way to experience Kata Tjuta is to do the Valley of the Winds walk. The full circuit takes about four hours but we were pressed for time so we turned round at the Karingana lookout (two hours return), from which you get magnificent views into the pound in the middle of the Olgas and back along the gorge you have just walked up. The trail is rated grade 4 but I would put it at grade 3. I am 72 and my wife 68 and we managed it with no difficulty. Neither did the family of four ahead of us, although the youngest child was given a lift on her dad's shoulders from time to time.
Written October 18, 2020
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