The 36 domed red rocks known as the Olgas - or Kata Tjuta - dotting the desert are of huge cultural and spiritual significance to the Anangu people.
Meaning 'many heads,' the huge rocks are separated by steep-sided gorges and valleys. Walking tracks lead around the area to lookouts, waterholes and picnic areas.
The main trail is the Valley of the Winds, a 7.5 km (4.5 mile) loop, while the sunset lookout is an easy stroll from the car park for striking views of this surreal landscape.
The tallest rock, Mt Olga, is much higher than Ayers Rock (Uluru), soaring 546 meters (1,790 feet).
Review by DJCraigPeter, April 2013
Doing what: Uluru and Kata Tjuta Tour by Helicopter from Ayers Rock
What a great way to view Uluru and the Olgas. Schedule a sunrise helicopter ride- the shadows on the monoliths are incredible!!! (Be aware that you won't see the sacred side of Uluru because of agreements with the native people.)
Our pilot was friendly and knowledgable with door-to-door service to and from the hotel. A 30 minute flight is the perfect amount of time in the air- 15 minutes doesn't give you enough time and more than 30 would just be monotonous.
Review by Patricia P, USA, January 2011
We hiked the Valley of the Winds trail and this was SOOO beautiful. We were granted a very nice weather, blue sky and all, and the trail was fantastic. Being an El Nina year, it had rained a lot so it was surprising to see so much green around the valley, but it added to the contrast of the blue sky and red stones. Definitely do the whole trail, it's worth it. You end up being by yourself, it's quiet and peaceful. The Olgas are not as known as Uluru and deserved to be discovered, certainly worth spending a day.
Review by Nicholas B, United Kingdom, August 2008
Doing what: 2-Day Uluru Sunset and Kata Tjuta Tour from Ayers Rock
The Olgas (Kata Tjuta) lie 35 km (22 miles) west of Uluru. Dawn and sunset visits are highly recommended.