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Northern TerritoryMacdonnell Region (17) → Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park | Petermann | Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Found 17 walks

Ellery Big Hole Circuit
26 km circuit
7 h, 12 h to 2 days
Ellery Big Hole Circuit
26 km
Circuit

Walk
7 h, 12 h to 2 days

Starting from the Ellery Creek South Day Use Area, Namatjira, this walk explores the sixth and seventh sections of the Larapinta Trail -- both old & new. Expect a relatively undulating track that offers you panoramic views of Alice Valley and beyond. You’ll get great angles of the West MacDonnell Range as well. Keep an eye out for spinifex pigeons and wedge-tailed eagles while you’re comparing the old & new tracks to each other. They’re among the many species that reside in this area. Early mornings and late afternoons are your best bet to spot them. Enjoy the land formations and the unique ambiance of the desert as you make your way through the arid land. The newer shelter at Ellery Creek North features elevated tent pads, a toilet and a water tank (treat before consuming). It can be a great place to spend the night, letting you stargaze without any interruptions as it is also quite secluded. Although, keep in mind that there’s no vehicle access there. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Swim
Views

Environment
Natural

Features


Transport options
To start
Car

Points of Interest
Dolomite Walk
Ellery Creek Big Hole
Ellery Creek Big Hole - West MacDonnell NP
Ellery Creek North - Larapinta Trailhead Shelter (6/7)
Larapinta Trail Information
Picnic Shelter
Trig Point

Places & Areas
Australia
Northern Territory
Macdonnell Region
Namatjira
Hugh
Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park


Kalarranga Lookout Circuit
2.8 km circuit
45 min to 1 h 15 min
Mount Sonder
15.1 km return
5 h 30 min, 8 h 30 min to 2 days
Mount Sonder
15.1 km
Return

Walk
5 h 30 min, 8 h 30 min to 2 days

Starting from the car park at the end of Redbank Gorge Road, Mount Zeil, this walk takes you up to the summit of Mount Sonder via the Larapinta Trail Section 12, visiting Mount Sonder Lookout along the way. This track may challenge you with its gradual incline and the lack of shade, but the views you’ll get at the summit may last you a lifetime. Being able to see tens of kilometres in all directions really is an experience like no other. Take in the vast scenery and try to identify the surrounding peaks as you rest and enjoy some food. The track is well-maintained and features reflective markers for you to spot them easier. In fact, most people go for sunrise hikes and enjoy the night sky full of stars as they make it up there. You can stay at the Sonder Camp midway and make this a multi-day walk as well. As aforementioned, the track is quite exposed so try to start as early as possible and wear a hat. Bring lots of food and water, and bring layers of clothing in colder parts of the year. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Views

Environment
Natural

Features


Transport options
To start
Car

Points of Interest
Larapinta Trail Camping
Larapinta Trail Information
Larapinta Trail Water
Mount Sonder Lookout
Redbank Gorge

Places & Areas
Australia
Northern Territory
Macdonnell Region
Mount Zeil
Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park


Mpulungkinya / Palm Valley Track
13.1 km circuit
3 h 30 min to 5 h 30 min
Mpulungkinya / Palm Valley Track
13.1 km
Circuit

Walk
3 h 30 min to 5 h 30 min

Starting from Palm Valley Campground, Namatjira, this circuit walk takes you into a gorge along Palm Creek, exploring the arid land of Finke River National Park along the way. Getting its name from the Red Cabbage Palms it’s home to, this part of the desert is unique in terms of flora. The said palms are only found here and some of them are more than 300 years old. There are also heaps of cycads and the occasional Ghost Gum along the track. The track is generally undulating and there are mattings placed by the rangers on the soft parts of the sand for better traction. The said rangers offer interactive events/activities from May to October which are a great way to socialize and learn more about the area. Keep in mind that there’s very little shade along the track. A 4WD vehicle with good clearance is required to get to the starting point. The road/track may be inaccessible after heavy rainfall, so check road conditions beforehand. You can use the commercial tours to come from Alice Springs if you don’t own a 4WD vehicle. The track can be started from the end of the 4WD road/track as well, shortening the loop. Let us begin by acknowledging the Western Arrernte people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 

Highlights
Views

Environment
Natural

Features


Transport options
To start
Car

Points of Interest
Palm Valley
Palm Valley Campground

Places & Areas
Australia
Northern Territory
Macdonnell Region
Namatjira
Finke Gorge National Park


Ormiston Pound Circuit
8.8 km circuit
2 h 45 min to 4 h 30 min
Uluru Base Circuit
9.6 km circuit
3 h to 4 h
Uluru Base Circuit
9.6 km
Circuit

Walk
3 h to 4 h

Wheelchair
3 h to 4 h 30 min

Starting from Mala Car Park on Uluru Road, Petermann, this walk takes you on a circuit around the sandstone monolith Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock), visiting multiple rock caves, ancient paintings and a waterhole along the way. This iconic walk lets you view the magnificent 500.000 year old rock formation from every angle whilst informing you about the rich history of the area. A sacred land to the Aboriginal Anangu People, this area holds great cultural importance. You can join guided tours and listen to some historic stories or read the informational signposts and learn about it yourself. The track is wheelchair friendly under dry conditions but has some steep sections as well. Bring plenty of water and a fly net to have a better experience. Come early in the morning and finish the walk before midday to avoid the extreme heat. Let us begin by acknowledging the Anangu people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 

Highlights
Caves
Heritage
Views

Environment
Natural

Features


Transport options
To start
Car

Points of Interest
Kulpi Nyiinkaku
Itjaritjatiku Yuu
Kulpi Minymaku
Kulpi Mutitjulu
Kulpi Watiku
Mala carpark
Mutitjulu Waterhole (Kapi Mutitjulu).
Tjilpi Pampa Kulpi

Places & Areas
Australia
Northern Territory
Macdonnell Region
Petermann
Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park
Mala carpark
Uluṟu


Valley of the Winds Circuit
7.4 km circuit
2 h to 4 h
Valley of the Winds Circuit
7.4 km
Circuit

Walk
2 h to 4 h

Starting from the car park at the end of Valley of the Winds Access Road, Petermann, this walk explores the Valley of the Winds and the Kata Tjuta, visiting Karu and Karingana lookouts along the way. You’ll have a chance to view the exceptional ancient rock formation from all sorts of angles as you make your way along the rocky trail. The name ‘Kata Tjuta’ actually means ‘many heads’ in Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara language. Keep an eye on the domes, they literally change colour according to the sun’s angle. Regardless of the colour, you’ll feel like you’re on an intergalactic mission due the redness and dryness of the area. On the contrary, there are heaps of birds in the area that give you something nice to listen to. The Karingana Lookout offers truly amazing views of the Kata Tjuta and the surrounding area, so try to make it there even if you’re going to cut the hike short. Keep in mind that the loop after the Karu Lookout is only accessible below 36 degrees Celsius. Come early to avoid the crowds and possibly getting baked. Bring a hat, sunscreen and an insect repellent. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Views

Environment
Natural

Features


Transport options
To start
Car

Points of Interest
Karingana Lookout
Karu Lookout

Places & Areas
Australia
Northern Territory
Macdonnell Region
Petermann
Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park
Kata Tjuta




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