Kata Tjuta

Kata Tjuta means ‘many heads’ – there are 36 of them, in fact, reaching a height of 546 metres. Explorer Ernest Giles was the first person to record this landform, and in 1872 he noted, ‘The appearance of this mountain is marvellous in the extreme, and baffles accurate description … it displayed to our astonished eyes rounded minarets, giant cupolas and monstrous domes.’ Giles named the highest point Mount Olga after the Queen of Württemberg, a name that the formation has only recently shed. The domes are intersected by canyons and passages, and are thought to be the eroded remains of a monolith many times the size of Uluru.

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