Valley of the Winds Circuit

2 h to 4 h

7.4 km

↑ 416 m
↓ -416 m

Hard track
Starting from the car park at the end of Valley of the Winds Access Road, Petermann, this walk explores the Valley of the Winds and the Kata Tjuta, visiting Karu and Karingana lookouts along the way. You’ll have a chance to view the exceptional ancient rock formation from all sorts of angles as you make your way along the rocky trail. The name ‘Kata Tjuta’ actually means ‘many heads’ in Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara language. Keep an eye on the domes, they literally change colour according to the sun’s angle. Regardless of the colour, you’ll feel like you’re on an intergalactic mission due the redness and dryness of the area. On the contrary, there are heaps of birds in the area that give you something nice to listen to. The Karingana Lookout offers truly amazing views of the Kata Tjuta and the surrounding area, so try to make it there even if you’re going to cut the hike short. Keep in mind that the loop after the Karu Lookout is only accessible below 36 degrees Celsius. Come early to avoid the crowds and possibly getting baked. Bring a hat, sunscreen and an insect repellent. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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