The Northern Territory NT is a north central state, with its northern border on the Timor sea and its southern border below Alice Springs. Alice Springs - Uluru / Ayers Rock and the Olgas and Darwin City are the most popular tourist destinations.
Olgas Kata Tjuta
The 36 domes of Kata Tjuta are often considered to be more striking than Uluru and are an important stop on a tour of the area.
The Olgas Olgas Kata Tjuta
The Olgas are a group of 36 domed shaped rock formations about 360km south west of Alice Springs. The domes are made from sedimentary rock of cobbles and boulders which appeared glued together by sandstone. The Olgas of which mount Kata Tjuta is the highest together with Uluru are the major attractions in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Kata Tjuta means many heads in the native language and has a spiritual importance to the local people. When walking through the area it is expected that visitors stick to the well designated tracks. The area around the Olgas is a spiritual area and associated with many Dreatime legends. Many of the legends are about the snake King Wanambi, who lived on the summit of Mount Olga and only came down during the dry season. The Valley of the Winds walk tracks through the gorges, providing close up views of the many peaks.The walk is just over 7km and takes around 3 hours depending on ones speed.
Uluru or Ayers Rock is a large sandstone rock projecting out of the bush about 450 km south west of Alice Springs. Uluru is a sacred place of the Anangu. The rock has a number of ancient paintings which are visible when trekking along the tracks below. Climbing the rock is frowned upon. The rock is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rock is about 860 metres high, though it is like an iceberg with the majority of the rock being below ground.
One of the highlights of a visit to the National Park is to see the sunrise next to Uluru and it's colour turning ever more orange/pink as the sunsets.
Uluru - Olgas
The highlights of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park are undoubtedly Uluru and Kata Tjutu, but while driving through this open bushland there are a number of other similar shaped mountains and rocks.
Uluru - Olgas