Valley of the Winds walks
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Get away from everything and enter another world at the Valley of the Winds. The views from this challenging walk are breathtaking and well worth the effort.
The Valley of the Winds walk lets visitors immerse themselves among Kata Tjuta’s domes. It also features unparalleled views of the spectacular Mars-like landscape surrounding Kata Tjuta from two lookout points along the track.
This walk is classed as Grade 4. It is steep, rocky and difficult in places, so please be careful and take your time.
The full Valley of the Winds circuit takes 3-4 hours. Drinking water is available halfway along the track.
For a shorter option you can walk to one of the lookouts and return. However, doing the full circuit is actually easier than walking to the second lookout (Karingana) and returning.
Karu lookout (1 hour, 2.2 km return)
The track to the first lookout is moderately difficult and has some loose rocks to negotiate. However, the views from the lookout are absolutely jaw-dropping.
Please mind your step and wear sturdy footwear. Drinking water is available at the start of the track.
Karingana lookout (2.5 hours, 5.4 km return)
The track to the Karingana lookout takes you down into the valley and creek beds.
It is challenging in sections with many steps and some steep spots.
Beat the crowds
You will come across very few people after the first lookout, making the Valley of the Winds the perfect place for some quiet contemplation.
Tips for photographers
The Valley of the Winds is a culturally sensitive men’s area. Anangu ask that you don’t take any video or photographs of Kata Tjuta throughout this walk. You are welcome to take close up photographs of flora, fauna and people, however; please refrain from capturing any images of the rock formations.
According to Anangu culture, these rock formations hold knowledge that should only be learned in person and on location by those with the cultural authority to do so.
By respecting Anangu’s wishes, you are ensuring the continuation of Anangu cultural beliefs and the protection of their spirituality.
- Open today
- No toilets
Type of walk
Moderate to difficult