Temporary closure of the Valley of the Winds and Walpa Gorge walking tracks
The Valley of the Winds walking track and the Walpa Gorge walking track will be closed to visitors from sunrise to 3 pm each day, between 4 to 8 May and 20 to 24 June, while essential track work is carried out.
These repairs to the walking tracks will improve the visitor experience and safety at the site.
The Valley of the Winds and Walpa Gorge walking tracks will be open for visitors from 3 pm to sunset so they can enjoy an afternoon walk among Kata Tjuta’s domes and watch the light strike the stunning landscape surrounding Kata Tjuta from lookout points along the track.
Parks Australia has worked with Aṉangu to ensure the plans for repairs maintain the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park’s reputation as a key national and international tourism destination while conserving its unique natural environment and cultural values as a sacred site.
The track work aligns with the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Plan of Management 2021-2031, to protect, and strengthen Tjukurpa, the law and culture of Anangu for future generations.
Local Alice Springs-based contractor, Tricky Tracks, who specialise in hand-built trails, will undertake the work to repair the spectacular Valley of the Winds and Walpa walks at Kata Tjuta.
The walking track will be built with respect to local Indigenous land and cultural values honouring this culturally sensitive area.
This Kata-Tjuta area is sacred to Aṉangu men. The Valley of the Winds and Walpa Gorge tracks are approved for respectful public access by both men and women. It is also a desert refuge for some rare plants and our native animals and provides unparalleled views of the Kata Tjuta domes and surrounding landscape.