Valley Of the Winds

Northern Territory

In comparison to Uluru, this walk is certainly more scenic.
It took me 2 hours to finish, but that was with MANY photo stops.
The environment is very tranquil. Try and soak it all in and not rush. And when they say 'valley of the winds', there are lots of valleys and its very windy (but pleasant as its very cooling).

During the walk, wear proper foot wear. It's actually quite easy to roll your ankles.
All I took was a camera, a hat, and one bottle of water, and found this was ample.
Absolutely spectacular Scenery, with many outstanding photo opportunities.

Waterfalls
Lookouts
Bird Watching
Picnic Facilities
Toilets
No Dogs Permitted
Arid or Desert
663m
Maximum Elevation
89m
Total Climb

Getting there:

Drive from Yulara, turn right at the signed turn. Follow signs for Valley of the Winds walk and scenic lookout.

Maps:

Uluru and Kata Tjuta Visitor Guide

Route/Trail notes:

From the main car park, cross two bridges heading towards the domed rocks. After 2.5km or so of gentle climbing on rocky trail, turn right for the circuit before descending steeply between two domes. At a flat clearing surrounded by domes, turn right or left for the circuit. The right turn takes you through a beautiful valley and eventually up to a col between two steeply-sided domes. Amazing views from the top of the col. Descend steeply, then bear left around the back of the domes. Climb again to a rocky plateau before descending down a large rocky shelf to the valley floor. Turning left, the path heads along a dry river bed to the clearing to meet the 2.2km path back to the car park. Climb steeply (again) to the lookout before the gentle descent to the car park.

Permits/Costs:

Park entry ($25/adult in 2019) for Uluru-Kata-Tjuta National Park.

Other References/Comments

Northern Territory tourism website, Uluru-Kata Tjuta NP website, or any guidebook to Uluru and/or the Red Centre.

Comments

Beautiful walk. A high level of fitness isn't required for this - just some good shoes, a camera, and a water bottle. It can get quite busy with tourist groups so I would recommend going early in the day. The scenery is beautiful and you walk directly alongside Kata Tjuta, which is breathtakingly large from this trail! I'd definitely recommend this walk.

Rhi on 5 Oct, 2018

Amazing hike, truly spectacular and very evocative of this part of Australia. It's 7.4km including the walk from the car park. The views and setting make this compulsory if you are in the area. Steep up to the col in the gorge, and steep descending from it too. I ran it due to time constraints and did the 7.4km in 50 minutes, but I nearly stacked it several times!

Bishster75 on 13 Jul, 2018

Fantastic walk

Kim on 9 Jun, 2016

Absolutely lovely- we saw lots of birds and a wallaby!

adrienne on 29 Sep, 2013

As per the comments on the page ( I added this walk )

DrummerJeff on 1 Aug, 2011

We loved this walk more than all others in the Red Centre. It was beautiful and peaceful. The massive rock formations were amazing. An easy walk of just over 7km.

Sym K on Jul, 2010

Lovely scenery and a great walk to take it slowly. The rock formations were amazing and you do get the chance to absorb the mystique of your surroundings. Highly recommended.

Anoogle on Jul, 2010

Beautiful

drewmac on Sep, 2008

Definitely one of my favorite walks. Will definitely get back there one day with the family as I did this solo when I was working/living at Ayers Rock resort.

Aussie Weekend Warrior on 2000

I found this walk much more interesting than Uluru. Watch your footing, because with these sorts of easy walks, I think it's actually easier to get slack and trip up.

Dvette on Sometime...

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