According to TourismNT More than 300,000 people visit Uluru every year, though only a small portion of these tourists see the secret we want to share with you.
KATA TJUTA “The Olgas” is a rock formation made up of 36 domes with a cover area of 21.68 km2. The largest dome “Mount Olga” is 1,066 metres above sea level which is 198m higher than its close relative Uluru.
So why is this dazzling array of red domes and pillars least visited of the two?
Even though it’s bigger and if not the same, more spectacular…
Is it the distance?
Well Uluru is only 25km away, so definitely doable! Nevertheless, many people on holiday are on a timeframe so visiting the two isn’t always possible, and Uluru has been built up to accommodate tourists whereas Kata Tjuta has been tucked away to preserve its spiritual nature.
At Wayoutback we have tailored our tours to take you on this memorable journey to Kata Tjuta. You will see this area, but most importantly you will be left with a feeling of awe and inspiration that cannot be taken away - an understanding of why Kata Tjuta is so special to Australia's indigenous population. Our values behind respecting the land and indigenous culture shine through our guides.
Check out all of our tours that head to Kata Tjuta here. There are options for all budgets and preferred levels of comfort.
To give yourself a little bit of knowledge leading up to your once in a lifetime experience of Kata Tjuta, read on below.
THE SPIRITUAL NATURE OF KATA TJUTA
Even if you do not believe in spirits, this place will leave you feeling something a little out of the ordinary.
The Indigenous population believe there are certain ties to the land and have a need for the land to remain sacred. There is a connection with every rock, tree and animal and this connection is irreversibly disturbed when ties are severed by an unnatural thing like tourism development. While these severed ties are inevitable way of the future, preserving certain areas like the Australian government has with Kata Tjuta, keeping the land sacred is entirely possible.
Uluru has seen a transformation of becoming a tourist attraction so now it sits with some cultural ties still intact but many ceremonies and significant cultural practices are being moved to Kata Tjuta. If you were to visit Uluru for the first time, especially if you are from a city, you would think all of this crazy as the landscape is as desolate as they come. Aside from the multitudes of other humans in viewing areas, the land is seemingly empty, so it’s hard to understand where the attitude of spoilt land comes from.
The feel of the land around them is more apparent than the view itself. Immerse yourself in the land here in the same way and you will not be disappointed.
VISITING KATA TJUTA AND ITS DO’S AND DONT’S
Even though we explain the sensitive nature of visiting these areas, we still encourage everyone to witness the raw beauty of these unworldly marvels. We work very hard to spread awareness of the cultural history and significance of the land that we are guests in. You will want to remain open to understanding why some areas are off limits and why there are strict restrictions with documenting parts of the landscapes.
Imagine walking through canyon's rusted tinges of oranges, reds and pinks and layers of sediments creating rollercoaster tracks in the rock. Millions of years of dust storms, animal and human presences and pelting rains canvassed across the desolate surfaces to create the landscape you see today.
Immerse yourself in feelings of awe whilst dazzling in Kata Tjuta’s beauty at a sunrise or sunset without the masses of Uluru, taking in a view that can only truly be captured in the eyes of the beholder.
- Respect the traditional land-owners and their beliefs
- Take time to best understand the cultural significance of certain areas
- Give back where you can - Buy souvenirs directly from the Indigenous crafters and not China made fluff toys in the shops
- Be okay to not understand everything
- Ignore signs that say “Keep out”
- Separate from your guides and take yourself on an adventure - it’s unsafe
- Take even small objects like rocks
- Make jokes or references that discriminate against the traditions of the land
- Climb all over the rocks. These formations are like their church, imagine what would happen if tourists started climbing all the cathedrals of the world!
Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
Taking time to visit Kata Tjuta will be the highlight of your Red Centre trip - we promise.
If you take the time to feel the depth of history involved in the area, and take time to respect the significance of the area, there is no reason this won’t be the most memorable outback experience of your life.
Many people mistakenly assume Australia's Red Centre is an empty, vast, expanse of land where nothing could exist. We are here to prove that wrong!
Written by : Wayoutback on 30 November