Valley of the Wind -One of the two hiking trails at the Olgas.
7.4 km long, it takes about 3 hours.
Here you can walk into the spectacular landscape of Kata Tjuta. There are two lookout points on the way which have wonderful views.
Take care: it can get really hot here.
If the forecast temperature is 36°C or more, they close the Track beyond the Karu Lookout after 11 o' clock.
The picture shows the View from the second Lookout Point, Karingana.
This takes a little bit of gut and preferably done with some company...but it's alright done solo as well. There is a big patch of nature in the middle of the resort or "town", with well marked trails. At night, there are lamp markers as well...though the surrounding would be pitch dark. It was very nice to walk through this nature patch, full of shrubs, in the dead cold (4-10C) of the night, with nothing around you except the sounds of nature and a sea of stars above your head. I stood there, gazing and gaping at the starry fabric above my head....totally mesmerised.
Do remember to wear warm clothings though!!
If you want to visit Lake Amadeus, you need to get written permission from the traditional custodians. The exact procedure changes from time to time and it is worthwhile contacting the Central Land Council some time in advance. Permission is not always given and you should demonstrate a legitimate reason.
The trip is well worth it though! It`s only 40 kilometers from the resort. You really get a feeling that you have the place to yourself.
The salt pans, desert oaks and red sands really evoke a feeling of the outback.
If you have a bit of extra time on your hands, you might want to head up to Lake Amadeus, located about 40 kilometers north of Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort).
This is not for the faint hearted - there is only a dirt track in and out and absolutely no facilities at all (shops, rest rooms etc).
Unlike the resort, however, it is unlikely that you will encounter any people and you can really get a true sense of the isolation.
If 4WDing is not your thing, you can take an aerial view with one of the many local scenic flight operators.
Docker River is an Aboriginal community about 235 km west of Ayers Rock Resort, just by the WA border.
You`ll need a permit to stop there, even if you`re only buying fuel. The permit can be obtained from the Visitors Center at the resort (allow half a day at most to get a reply).
Whilst off the beaten track, this could also qualify as `tourist trap` tip too. Fuel prices go up to $20 per liter (USD50 per gallon) on public holidays. Pricey!
One of the options you have when you are touring the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is to take a walk through the Olgas (Kata Tjuta). The first portion of the bushwalk is about a 30 minute walk to a summit where you can take a nice picture or two of the rest of the 38 domes that make up the Olgas. The option is then there to head down the trail further into the valley and then through a couple of the trails toward a mini summit in between two of the largest peaks. It was a nice walk, although fairly challenging and it took roughly 1 hour and 30 minutes round trip.
If you are a medium to advanced level person of health, then take this extended walk to the lookout #2 there, but if you start wheezing after a flight of stairs, stop for the love of your knees!
As the folder says, "Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky."
It is no exaggerated promise: after a 30 minutes drive you come to a sand dune in the outback amid pinifex bushes .A path takes you to a 360° view of the whole scenery; infront Uluru; behind you the domes of Kata Tjuta and, possibly the most spectacular sunset you have ever seen. Here you enjoy sparkling wine and a selection of delectable canapés, accompanied by an indigenious didgeridooplayer.As the sun sets, you have dinner on a barbecue buffet of Australian delicacies like barramundi, kangaroo, emu, crocodile, bush salads and classic desserts, complemented by some of Australia's finest wines. Afterwards an experts assists you in stargazing, if the sky is clear.
Sounds of Silence Dinner is not cheap (around A$ 150,-), but worth the money
While driving to Kings Canyon we passed (well within many many miles of) Mount Connor. Many argue that Mount Connor is larger than Uluru (but is not a monolith, so its not nearly as cool). It is a beautiful mountain though!
The only way to get close is to take a guided tour, available at Curtin Springs (which we didnt do).
Mount Connor is a “table upon table” mountain, probably never to be seen anywhere else. Deceptively, it has the more “general” mesa-like look, compared to Ayer's Rock but I doubt there is another creature similar to this one, sitting on a broader table.
The catch with this one is its relative inaccessibility. They say that money talks and this is quite true in the case of Mount Connor. It is officially off-limits because it is in private property but for a mere 100$ per person, at least “double occupancy”, one can have the privilege to tour and climb it. For those with the bundles this is the way to go and for the rest there is a lookout 22km west of Curtin Springs. Enjoy!
We did the most fantastic drive from Adelaide to Uluru by 4WD. Rent a camper 4WD in Adelaide, drive to the Flinders Ranges (have a look around), drive North through Leigh Creek and pick up the Oodnadatta Track (easy). Drive North to William Creek (take 3 days for this trip. Camping avail at many places), must stop at Coward Springs. Turn West to Coober Pedy. Turn North to Alice Springs. Take road through West McDonald Ranges to Hermansburg and then on to Uluru. Return to Alice Springs to drop off 4WD camper. We took 3 weeks over this trip and it was truly magical. Please read about Bourke and Wills before doing the trip and also itmay help to read a book about the Old Ghan Railway that used to follow the same path.
Watarrka National Park is 330 km southwest of Alice Springs and not too far from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It contains King's Canyon and a swimming hole called the Garden of Eden, surrounded by palms. There is an 8km walk that can be trekked through the park. It is a strenuous walk.
Several places give you the opportunity to ride a camel. You can have just a 5 minute stroll or go for camel treks for up to 14 days.
Camels run wild in the centre of Australia, they were used for expeditions and for building the railways and afterwards let loose in nature. They are some of the best and purest camels in the world.