Aussie Outback: Northern Territory – Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

Central Australia has some of the most impressive scenery you will see not only in Australia but anywhere in the world. The theme in the outback of the Northern Territory is wide open spaces, red earth and red rocks on a massive scale! The showpiece is the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park where the ancient world comes alive. This is where you will see the famous Uluru (Ayers Rock –  the worlds largest monolith – more on that in my next post) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas).

Kata Tutja (The Olgas) Norhern Territory Australian Outback
Kata Tutja (The Olgas) from a helicopter I took
Uluru (Ayers Rock) Norhern Territory Australian Outback
Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Where Uluru is one massive monolith, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) is a series of 36 large domed rock formations that consist of many types of rocks including granite and sandstone. The Olgas is the western name which comes from the tallest dome Mt. Olga named so in 1872 by explorer Ernest Giles after Grand Duchess Olga of Russia the daughter of Tsar Nicholas I.

Looking across the outback desert to Kata Tutja NT Australia
Looking across the outback desert to Kata Tutja
Kata Tutja (The Olgas) Northern Territory Australia
Getting closer
Kata Tutja (The Olgas) Northern Territory Australia Aerial view
A flight over Kata Tutja gives you a true feel for the scale of the massive domed rock formations

Kata Tjuta is huge (Mt. Olga is 546 metres /1,791 feet above the desert floor and 1,066 metres / 3,497 feet above sea level. Almost 200 metres / 656 feet taller than Uluru)! The rock formations cover a large area too (21.68 square km /8.37 square miles). I hiked around the area for many hours. It was hot and the flies were out in mass to drive you insane but what a view!

Kata Tutja (The Olgas) Northern Territory Australia
Hiking amongst these huge rock formations is quite an experience
Kata Tutja (The Olgas) Northern Territory Australia
Weathered by the ages
Kata Tutja (The Olgas) Northern Territory Australia
Big sky, big rocks!
Kata Tutja (The Olgas) Northern Territory Australia
They go on and on
Kata Tutja (The Olgas) Northern Territory Australia
Apart from the flies Kata Tutja is an incredible place
Kata Tutja (The Olgas) Northern Territory Australia
Wind swept

Although a national park the area actually belongs to the Anangu Aboriginals of this region. They lease the land to Parks Australia so all Australians and visitors can enjoy the amazing sights the national park has to offer.

Kata Tutja (The Olgas) Northern Territory Australia
Easy to be humbled
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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Bama says:

    I’ve never heard of Kata Tjuta before and judging from your photos I believe it deserves more attention because the spotlight has always been on Uluru all these years. Such a magnificent place, indeed.

    1. Deano says:

      It is so close to Uluru too (by Australian standards)! Yes Australian tourism tends to focus on Sydney and Uluru. So much more out there!

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