The Olgas, Kata Tjuta - Day 15
Olgas - Kata Tjuta
We didn’t get up early enough today because by the time we had breakfast and drove the 30kms or so to the Olgas the day had well and truly begun and it was pretty warm.
The trip to Kata Tjuta (the traditional Aboriginal name meaning many heads) was uneventful and we saw no wildlife. However, when we arrived at the Olgas we were greeted by a billion of flies. They attacked from every angle and we quickly put on Nature’s botanical (Rosemary and Cedarwood) which does a pretty fair job of keeping the flies at bay. Flies actually became the theme of the walk with Ben trying to kill as many flies as he could off my back. In fact he scored about 50 flies with his average being a bit under 3 per try. The other boys thought it a laugh to hit me straight on the back, saying that they were only trying to kill flies but really trying to give me a sore back. Ben waited till they accumulated and then struck his hands together about 2 inches off my back and then looked into his hands to see how many he had killed. I think 5 or 6 was the record!
Anyway, the walk was lovely because the Olgas are very interesting with about 15 round heads or domes made of conglomerate rock. The rock was completely different to Ayers rock which is really one large rock, a monolith. The Olgas rock formation looked similar in composition to Ayers rock but as you came up close, you could see that it was made up of smaller rocks compressed together - a conglomerate. Very interesting!
We walked to the first lookout and enjoyed the view. That was only about 1 kilometre. We then walked to the second lookout. We walked up boulders and between the red cliffs and enjoyed another spectacular view as we looked through a pass down to the trees and walk below. At this view, Ben decided he would become an artist and his first painting would be of this magnificent view. This walk was called the Valley of the Winds. We were however hot and bothered and so we decided not to complete the round trip and headed back to the car and then back to the Ayers Rock Campground.
On the way back I spotted a camel and we stopped and took a picture. The rest of the day was spent enjoying the pool and a good book. The kids really enjoy the camp grounds which had a pool and they had a lovely pool here to enjoy and play MarcoPolo. We had a relaxing afternoon until about 4 p.m. and then we went to the Cultural Centre at Ayers rock itself.
The Cultural Centre had some great displays and artefacts in regards to the Aboriginal community that lived here over many thousands of years. We were particularly interested in what they ate and thought it must have been rather difficult to be a hunter gatherer people. We saw some spears, narrow shields, boomerangs, woomeras and other artefacts and the assistant there was very helpful explaining the way the different tools were used. We then headed back for a quiet night ready to head off the next day to King’s Canyon.
We bought some food from the supermarket at Yalara Shopping Centre.