Ayers Rock, or Uluru is Australia’s biggest tourist attraction, literally. The rock itself can be seen from the earth’s outer atmosphere. Backpackers, tourists, locals, and wildlife all make their way to Uluru to stand in the presence of this incredible landmark. The colours from sunrise to sunset seem like they could only found in your dreams, and the sheer size keeps for a jaw-dropping experience. But Uluru isn’t the only landmark in the area. Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), are equally impressive.
Kata Tjuta is a group of domed rock formations found in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, along with Uluru. There are actually 36 domes that make up the Kata Tjuta with Mount Olga being the highest point at 1,066 metres. The name Olga comes from a Russian queen, but the rock formations were given a second name Kata Tjuta later in the 1900’s to commemorate its Aboriginal meaning as well as the naming after a Russian queen. Kata Tjuta means ‘many heads’ in the Aboriginal language.
Kata Tjuta is made up of a sediment that contains volcanic, granite and basalt rock, to name a few. The area, just like Uluru, plays a huge part in Aboriginal culture, including their myths and legends. It is said that there is a massive snake that lives on top of Mount Olga, that only comes down during dry season. However as with many other stories, the majority are kept within their community, and outsiders are not given full access to the meanings of their mythology.
Kata Tjuta can be found 200 kilometres south of Alice Springs, the main location for Uluru-Kata Tjuta tours. The Olgas are a stopping off point for all Uluru tours, giving travellers a first-hand look at the natural phenomenon that makes up both rock formations. The colours of the sandstone changes colours just like Ayers Rock, from bright red and orange hues to cool blues, purples and pinks at sunset. If you are visiting Kata Tjuta on your own, beware of the distance between civilisation and these two famous tourist attractions. It takes 4 1/2 hours to drive from Alice Springs to the Olgas, and then on to Uluru.
If you’re going out to the Red Centre, you can’t miss out on the Olgas and their importance to the community. Check out one of our Uluru Tours today, to experience these amazing rock formations.