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Monday, September 19, 2016

Walpa Gorge, Kata Tjuta Northern Territory

19th September 2016

WALPA GORGE - KATA TJUTA, NORTHERN TERRITORY


Day trip to the stunning  Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuta (aka The Olgas), within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Northern Territory, was breathtaking.  The terrain approaching the gorge was steep and rocky, with beautiful wildflowers on the sides of the walking track at the entrance to the gorge.  We were very lucky to see the Northern Territory in flower, after a large amount of rain prior to our visit. We watched in delight of birds of prey soaring above and then returning to their nest on the rockface of the gorge.  We had hoped to see parrots and wallabies and kangaroos, but there were so many people visiting the gorge - tourists just like us, that it was way to busy for any species that like seclusion to be on show.

J,B,C & K

Walpa Gorge, Kata Tjuta (aka The Olgas) 19/09/2016

Kata Tjuta (aka The Olgas) 19/09/2016

Cam & Brendon walking towards the entrance of the Walpa Gorge walking Track, Kata Tjuta, N.T. 19/09/16

Stunning Wildflowers and shrubs at Kata Tjuta, in the background, the rock face shown is where the old 'walk the olgas' was.  You can see the evidence of the erosion from the many people who walked the olgas some time ago. 

Wildflowers of Kata Tjuta

Hairy Mulla Mulla (Ptilotus helipteroides) at Kata Tjuta 19/09/16

Hairy Mulla Mulla (Ptilotus helipteroides) at Kata Tjuta 19/09/16

Large Pink Pussy-tails (Ptilotus exaltatus) at Kata Tjuta, N.T. 19/09/16

Large Pink Pussy-tails (Ptilotus exaltatus) at Kata Tjuta, N.T. 19/09/16

Small waterhole on the Walpa Gorge Walking track, Kata Tjuta 19/09/16

A nesting Nankeen Kestrel in the centre of this photo in one of the 'holes' in the sides of Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuta!

Walpa Gorge, Kata Tjuta, NP 19/09/16

Walpa Gorge Walking Track, Kata Tjuta, NT 19/09/16

Grey-headed Honeyeater at Walpa Gorge,Kata Tjuta, photo taken from a very long way away. 19/09/16

Walpa Gorge,Kata Tjuta, 19/09/16

Walpa Gorge,Kata Tjuta - looking back towards the way we had walked from.

Fields of Large Pink Pussy-tails (Ptilotus exaltatus) at Kata Tjuta, N.T. 19/09/16

Hairy Mulla Mulla (Ptilotus helipteroides) at Kata Tjuta 19/09/16

White Paper Daisies (Rhodanthe floribunda) at Kata Tjuta, NT 19/09/16

Perennial Ptilotus (Ptilotus parvifolius) at Kata Tjuta, NT 19/09/16
Amazing to see these plants growing on top of this giant rock - Kata Tjuta, N.T. 19/09/16

All of us at Walpa Gorge, Kata Tjuta NT 19/09/16

Water in rock-pools at Walpa Gorge, Kata Tjuta, NT 19/09/16

Returning to the carpark from Walpa Gorge - shows the terrain of the walking track.  19/09/16

Large nest in a gumtree at the base of Kata Tjuta 19/09/16

Roadsigns near the carpark for Walpa Gorge.  This road head to W.A.  19/09/16

Kata Tjuta (photo taken from the vehicle)  19/09/16

Back at Yulara, the view of Kata Tjuta at Sunset 19/09/16


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