Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

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Fifty km. from Uluru we began our walk amongst but not over the 36 sacred domes

The Walpa Gorge
Although the same colours as the more famous monolith, Kata Tjuta is not composed of arkose sandstone.   This sedimentary rock is conglomerate, a mixture of gravel, pebbles and boulders cemented together with sand and mud

 Conglomerate

One of earths first concrete jobs

Once amongst the domes a beautiful lush valley opens up.   Perhaps we shouldn't have been as surprised as we were, any rainfall would quickly descend to the base of the domes and there were even a few pools

There are only two walks permitted now at Kata Tjuta as this is where the aboriginal people perform the ancient ceremonies which they no longer feel able to perform at Uluru

We were to all intents and purposes alone here and it had a more special connection for us than the base walk at Uluru, magnificent though that be

Just when we thought we had left civilization behind we came across

 

Helicopter pad 2

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