- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Place or Religious Monument
- Sustainable Tourism
- Unesco World Heritage
- Off the beaten track
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.