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.
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.