Part of the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, Kata Tjuta was created by the same geology that formed Uluru.
It is 25 kms (16 mi) from Uluru Ayers Rock and is a destination in its own right while you are in the Red Centre. It is 365 kns (227 mi) from Alice Springs to Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and takes about 5 hours to drive by road. Kata Tjuta is rich in Aboriginal Legend, though much of this is sacred to the Aboriginal People and not known to outsiders.
Discovery and Naming
Kata Tjuta had been known to the Aboriginal Peoples of the area for over 30,000 years and features strongly in their local Dreamtime Creation Myths. Discovered by Ernest Giles in 1872, it was named Mount Olga at the request of Baron Ferdinand von Mueller. The Baron had been elevated to the peerage by King Charles and Queen Olga of Wurtemburg, and wanted to return the compliment by naming the discovery after the German Queen. In 1993 it was renamed Kata Tjuta Mount Olga as part of Australia’s dual naming policy recognising Aboriginal names of significant features.
Things to do around Uluru and Kata Tjuta
- Take a walk around Uluru
- Go to the Field of Light art installation
- Walk Kata Tjuta
- Sounds of Silence Dinner at Uluru
- Hike Kings Canyon
- Watch local Maruku artists at work
- Ride a camel in the outback
- See uluru and the red centre from a helicopter
- Visit the Wintjiri Arts and Museum
Kata Tjuta is made up of a conglomerate of basalt and granite held together by sandstone. It has a similar composition to granite. It was formed about 500 million years ago and is part of a very ancient geologic landscape. The highest point of Kata Tjuta is 1,066 metres (3,497 ft) above sea level. The distinctive orange to red colouring is due to iron oxide weathering on the surface.
Map of Kata Tjuta
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