Spectacular Kata Tjuta

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
Trip End Oct 27, 2012

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Yulara Day 19

Last night we went up the sand dunes behind our caravan to watch the sun setting over Kata Tjuta. It was beautiful, a large red ball. I filled up with petrol after a whopping $2.14 a litre $118.00 fill

This morning Jay got out of bed at 5.30am determined to climb Uluru. He drove out there but returned an hour later still windy & closed.

I headed up the hill behind our caravan to take some sunrise photos of Uluru in the distance. I found lot's of animal tracks in the red sand. It looked like a goanna, snake & Kangaroo print.

At 7am we all headed off to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). We headed straight to the 1st lookout, walked up the board walk to the top lookout. Fantastic view from here. When we were up the top some Chinese Tourist approached us for help. They had driven the 45km out to here not realising how far it was & had just about ran out of petrol. So Jay said he had a tiny bit of petrol. (we have it for our generator luckily, all our cars are diesel). We headed back down to help them out. Jay poured the remainder of the generator petrol into the jerry can then poured it in their car. They were so happy, snapping away with photos of Jay & we were snapping away with photos of them photographing Jay. They paid Jay $30 for the petrol, we used about 5lts in their car. He didn't want to accept that but they refused to be handed it back. They were flying back to China this afternoon at 12.50pm. So lucky we had some fuel for them or it would of been an extremely long walk back & they would of missed their plane. It feels good to help people out in need.

A flock of pigeons were in the tree next to the cars. So cute. Next it was onto Valley of the Winds walk.  This is a 7.4km round trip. But we decided to do the 5.4km return trip to the 2nd lookout. It's a grade 4 difficult walk. This walk closes at 11am on hot days so glad we had arrived at 8.30am.

This walk is spectacular. The rounded domed cliffs around here are red & so high up. Photographs can't capture the beauty of what you are seeing.  We spotted some cute red & green beetles along the pathway.  The pathway to the 1st lookout was fairly easy & downhill. The 2nd part of the walk gets a lot harder lot's of rocks & boulders to climb down but this part of the walk is amazing & beautiful. Trees are scattered here & there. Blue coloured grass surrounded by red rocks.

The Olgas are all formed with, what look like boulders joined together.

We spotted a few wallabies high up on one of the dome shaped Olgas hopping merrily away. We came to a shed with a water tank. And tiny zebra finches were happily drinking the water dripping out. Also a cute little light yellow honey eater sitting in the tree behind. We started the hardest part of the walk from here. Mum did part of the walk then stopped before we headed up a steep bouldered rocky part. She has 2 small fractures in her foot so didn't want to chance falling. Whilst she sat & waited for us a small wallaby came & sat about 3m from her, but of course she didn't have her camera so we just have to believe her story.

We headed to the 2nd lookout. The most spectacular sight, making the sweating, puffing & panting well worth the effort. WOW. These domed rocky Olgas are amazing. Making you feel so insignificant in comparison to them. I felt so tiny like a little ant under them. And the most wonderful shade of Red. The top of the lookout you can see back from where you came one side & off into the distance the other way.

We then headed back. The flies are now sticking to your eyes, annoying you. Bit of a breeze was still blowing but extremely hot. About 35o today. Just before we got back to the car we spotted about 3 tiny little lizards about the size of our fingers. So cute 2 were sunning themselves on the rock the other was shy & was trying to hide from us.

It took us 2hrs to do the walk. It was sign posted 2.5hrs so we did it pretty fast stopping & taking heaps of photos.

Next we did the Walpa Gorge. 2.6km. Supposed to be an hour walk. This walk is a lot easier than the 1st walk we did. Not so many high boulders to climb over. Still small rocks & going up & down hills. This is another fantastic Gorge the walls on either side were so high up & red as red.

Jay was a bit naughty he crept off to one of the domes & climbed up it to a cave. He said it was very hard.

We spotted some other cute birds in the trees. It was very windy on this walk coming through the valley between the two domes. There were a lot of trees in  this area.

We made it to the end. Rested & had some water then walked back again. At the end stopped for some morning tea. This walk took us 40min.

This afternoon is another hot day at 36o so the kids are swimming & we are relaxing again.

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