Mt Conner – Red Centre’s hidden gem

When people think of Northern Territory’s Red Centre, one mountain generally springs to mind. Uluru is the world’s largest rock and is the beacon for tourist attractions across the entire country. If you know a little more about the Red Centre, though, you may even know about Kata Tjuta, another phenomenal mountain that is actually linked to the same underground rock formation as Uluru.

With this having been said, there is a third mountain that is often entirely ignored or forgotten. Known as Mt Conner, this flat-topped monolith is estimated to be 500 million years old. Though it may be forgotten, it certainly does not mean that this extraordinary mountain is not worth visiting, in fact, it is a fascinating hidden gem of the Red Centre. At a total height of 300 meters, this towering chunk of sandstone, siltstone and mudstone creates an incredible impression on the otherwise flat landscape. Located in the Southwest corner of Northern Territory’s Red Centre, this fascinating peak lies within private land.

You will find Mt Conner standing amidst a vast and fully operational cattle station called Curtin Springs Station 100 km east of Uluru Resort. With plenty of dams on the property to accommodate the cattle, this source of water has allowed for a number of different animals to thrive. During your tour of this phenomenal landscape, you will have the chance to spot a number of kangaroos and rock wallabies as well as a rich bird and reptile population. Since the entire piece of land is over 1 million acres in size, you are sure to see a wide range of wildlife and plant-life on the road to the main attraction; Mt Conner.

Mt Conner has an unmistakable horseshoe shape that becomes very obvious the more you explore the surrounding area. From far away, the mountain actually looks somewhat similar to Uluru and is often mistaken for Uluru itself as tourists view it from a distance.

Though most people make a beeline for Uluru, which is also known as Ayers Rock, the Red Centre has far more to offer in the way of impressive rock structures. While Kata Tjuta is also fairly well known, the breathtaking view of Mt Conner is just as impressive. Not only is it beautiful, but a visit to this mountain will also provide you with a truly unique experience of exploring one of Australia’s lesser-known attractions.

Be sure to check out our 3 Day Uluru Tour from Alice Springs when you in the area.

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