Deep in the red centre of Australia, rising from the flat desert plain are more than 30 giant domed rocks which form Kata Tjuta. The aboriginal name means ‘many heads’ and the impressive geological feature reaches almost 550 metres into the sky.
Aboriginal dreamtime legends focus on the great king snake Wanambi, who lives at the summit of the highest dome. He ventures down during the dry season, carving out a path between the rocks.
We hiked the 7km walk through the valley of the winds and were surprised by the almost lunar landscape. There is an eerie stillness in the air that hangs over Kata Tjuta. The people, culture and traditions that have passed through this region feel close enough to reach out and touch. As we made our way through the domes a real sense of wonder took over. We were filled with questions about aboriginal life and the people who had lived here. Our tour guide Sam was more than happy to provide the answers and shared with us a deep understanding of traditional life and how it came to change. He taught us about traditional hunting practices and how much respect there was for the land and the bounty it provided. We learnt a lot from Sam and had a real sense of the traditional owners of the region reaching out and telling us their stories.