Mount Conner (Atilla)

Mount Conner, also known as Attila and Artilla, and occasionally spelt as Mount Connor, is a 300 metre high (above the surrounding plain) flat-topped and horseshoe-shaped monolith, part of the same vast rocky substrate thought to be beneath Uluru/Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta/Olgas. It can easily be and often is confused with Uluru since it can be seen from the road to Uluru and Kata Tjuta, when approaching from Alice Springs.

Mount Conner reaches to 859 metres above sea level and to 300 metres above ground level. It is dissected by rocky gorges and the summit is ringed by high cliffs. The surrounding area includes two ridges of Inindia sandstone, sandplains, dunefields, alluvial fans and ephemeral wetlands. Mount Conner is a flat-topped and horseshoe-shaped inselberg, part of the same vast rocky substrate thought to be beneath Uluru/Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta/Olgas.

The summit of Mt Conner, along with the summits of low domes in the Kata Tjuta complex and summit levels of Uluru, is an erosional remnant of a Cretaceous geomorphic surface. It is considered to a classic example of an inselberg created by erosion of surrounding strata. It was named Mount Conner by William Gosse in 1873 after South Australian politician M. L. Conner.

Mt Conner is situated on a vast, fully operational, privately owned cattle station, called Curtin Springs Station. While the dams on the property were constructed for watering cattle, here you will find the perfect natural habitat for red kangaroos, rock wallabies and a vast array of birds and reptiles of the Red Centre. Mt Conner is on private property, the only way to visit the monolith is on an organised tag-along tour out of Curtin Springs Station.

Helicopter Tour

For those looking for a more unique and exclusive experience, The Helicopter Group offers one of the rare opportunities within Australia to land your own private helicopter on top of a mountain for a picnic! Guests are invited to bring along lunch for a relaxing once-in-a-lifetime picnic on top of this natural wonder, which rising over 300 metres above the surrounding desert landscape. After exploring Atilla, guests reboard the helicopter and head back to the iconic Uluru, then track west to Kata Tjuta and its 36 towering domes. This is a wonderful way to explore the “Three Giants” of this region and enjoy lunch all at once.

 


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Location: in the southwest corner of the Northern Territory, 285 km south-west of Alice Springs, 100 kms east of Uluru, 75 kms southeast of Lake Amadeus at the border of Curtin Springs cattle station. If you take the Mulga Park road from near Curtin Springs you will see the Mt from a different perspective. The Mulga park road comes out on the Stuart Highway about 50 kms north of Marla.

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