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Monts Olgas

Monts Olgas (Australia)

Practical information on Monts Olgas

  • Family
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Desert
  • Mountain
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Unesco World Heritage
  • Off the beaten track
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Four and a half hours from Alice Springs by car
When to go
From March to April and September to October
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Monts Olgas

Lisa Gaillard Seasoned Traveller
47 written opinions

At 27 km from Uluru, in the same national park designated as a Unesco World Heritage site, you will find the Olga Mountains or the Kata Tutjas ("many heads" in aborigine) a line of 36 rocky summits, in rounded forms, older than Uluru.

My suggestion:
Go on the Walpa Gorge walk or the march of the Valley of the Winds (longer:7.4 km). On the platform on the edge of the route, observe the Olgas Mountains when you get up or at the end of the day, to discover their blazing reflections.
My review

When going to see Uluru, I never imagine that the Olga Mountains would belocated nearby, in the the same national park called Uluru-Kata Tjuta! In fact, no one mentions them! Uluru is known across the world for being the symbol of Australia; the only hilly area right in the centre of the country. But when you are in the middle of the desert, miles away from the civilisation, what a lovely surprise to discover other geological wonders! These massive rocks, juxtaposed, in the form of domes, in purple colours, are as magic as Uluru. They are also all incidentally sacred for the aborigines of Anangus, and out of respect for their traditions, it is forbidden to climb them. The highest of all is Mount Olga at 546 metres; it surpasses Uluru by 200 metres. These monoliths were formed over more than a hundred million years.

I set off on the walk from Walpa Gorge, it was about 2.6 km there and back: a relatively easy walk in gorges without water, amongst which I was able to see wallabies. The only inconvenience: the end of the walk leads to a cul de sac. The two mountains are closed; you can only do a half tour. Here, if you don't want to be bothered by the mosquitos, I advise that you take a hat fitted with a net.

Finally, the point of view on the edge of the route is simply sublime: from a wooden platform, we can admire all the plant life that has developed at the foot of the Olga Mountains. In fact, here, the vegetation of the desert has diversified so as to survive. Thus, you will discover a yellow herb, green shrubs, and red earth: a mix of colours which is simply sublime with the Olga Mountains, which stand out in the background against the blue sky! In addition, from this point of you, you can see Uluru. Certainly less imposing ones and less impressive than the Ayers Rock, the Kata Tutjas remain to be discovered during your visit of Australia.

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