Mount Conner
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Mt Conner is located on the private property of Curtin Springs Station. Structured 4wd and a guided walks program give visitors an opportunity to get up close to Mt Conner. Please enquire at Curtin Springs Wayside Inn for more details. Mt Conner was discovered by William Goss in 1873 and named after M L Conner, a member of the SA Government who financed the expedition. The mountain stands 344 metres above the surrounding plains. It is 32km around the base (which makes it 3 times bigger than Ayers Rock). Along with Ayers Rock and the Olgas, the 3 mountains form the 3 TORS (large bare rocky hills). Each one is a different geological formation. Mt Conner is made up mainly of carmichael sandstone and has it’s own distinct eco-environment that makes it very different to the others. There are no water holes or areas where water was caught after rain, so it has very little indigenous relevance. Aboriginal people could not visit there without access to water.
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Lasseter Highway Curtin Springs, West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory 7140 Australia
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lux2lessworld
Double Bay, Australia487 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
You don't end up in the centre of Australia unless you plan to. The tourist magnet is Uluru/Ayres Rock and Kata Tjuta/The Olgas. Each is a massive rock formation and very different from each other. Thanks to Trip Advisor, it can be revealed that nearby is an equally large and distinct rock formation = Mt Conner!

1.Either because Mt Conner is on private land or has not had the benefit of a massive PR campaign like the other rock formations, Mt Conner is virtually unknown.

2. Although it is on the private land of Curtin Springs Station and can only be visited close up by tours operated by a company called SEIT from Ayres Rock Resort, Mt Conner is also gigantic like the other much better known rock formations. Thus a lookout for it exists on the Lasseter Highway (about an hour's drive east of Ayres Rock Resort) and it is also clearly visible from the Curtin Springs Station road house/petrol pumps ( and as you drive along the Lasseter Highway between those locations).

3.Having recently returned from 5 days at Ayres Rock Resort, I have learnt Ayres Rock/Uluru is a "monolith" (indeed the biggest in the world). By contrast, Mt Conner is a "mesa"- and when you see it, you will immediately agree the Oxford English Dictionary definition of a "mesa" is perfectly applied to it when you read it defines a mesa as "an isolated flat-topped hill with steep sides, found in landscapes with horizontal strata". The most publicised are in USA, but Mt Conner obviously is in Australia (although little publicised).

4. Once you have seen the monolith which is Uluru- and the mesa which is Mt Conner- it is rather difficult to believe that some people driving from Alice Springs have mistaken Mt Conner for Uluru and it therefore has the nickname "fooleroo". When you compare Mt Conner's flat top and angular shape to the well known shape of Uluru, any people who make such a mistake must be seriously stupid.

5.(SECRET)-HUGE SALT LAKE OPPOSITE MT CONNER LOOKOUT - can be seen (see attached photos) if you walk across the Lasseter highway and climb the hill behind the Mt Conner lookout. If you read the thread of Trip Advisor reviews of Mt Conner, it is clear the owners of this land make it clear the salt lake is on its private property. In any event, you would be mad to attempt to walk to it from the hill (because of the terrain and even worse heat).

6. As a big believer in free enterprise, I can understand their frustration. The dream solution would be to have Mt Conner added to create a trifecta of massive, but different, rock formations you can visit from Ayres Rock Resort - Mt Conner seriously deserves to be included in the same group as Uluru and Kata Tjuta. And with regards to the huge salt lake hidden behind the hill opposite the Mt Conner lookout, as you only get a vista of the salt lake by climbing that hill, why not fence the area off and have a turnstile [paid] entry?

Whether you get up close to Mt Conner with a SEIT tour or drive out to its public lookout, you will be rewarded with another set of unique vistas from Australia's centre (and after you have been in the area, will immediately understand why it is also called the "red" centre!).
Written December 11, 2019
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Poikime
Perth, Western Australia, Australia1,771 contributions
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Oct 2015 • Solo
Mt Connor deserves its own credit for its own beauty and amazing formation. It's often mistaken as Uluru which I don't even understand how so. Mt Connor is flat...way flat on the top. Uluru looks more like a bump. How can ppl not see that really baffles me. Mt Connor is located close to Curtin Springs station and it's beautiful...even to be marveled just from the distance. I'm sure sunset would be amazing. Our bus tour only stopped at the lookout for a short stop.

Close to it is also a salt lake. Again, many ppl made a mistake and think it's Lake Amadeus. NO it's not! This is just a small salt lake which I'm not even sure if it has a name. Lake Amadeus is huge and it's another majestic place that I believe should be visited at least once in a lifetime. You can only see Lake Amadeus from the sky so you have to fly. No access is allowed to Lake Amadeus...not even sure if there's a road leading to it, but you can access the smaller salt lake near Mt Connor by joining tour (not self guided)
Written February 3, 2016
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Dannie69
Mortdale, Australia822 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
This is a definate must to see, hire a car from anywhere in Yulara and take a drive on the Lasseter Highway, not very far from Curtin Springs around another 15minutes is Mount Conner lookout, you can park the car and see for miles, there is a covered seating area and water also if you need to fill up, now the amazing part is , cross the highway directly opposite you will see a track walk up the track to the very top, now once at the top look over the hill, and their is the biggest salt lake you have seen, take lots of photos as the view is stunning , there is no phone reception out here either
Written September 2, 2018
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Thanks Dannie for appreciating an amazing part of our home, we have wonderful natural attractions that visitors can see. We do ask visitors to appreciate that Mt Conner and the salt lakes are on our private property - Curtin Springs Station. By all means take your pictures, record your experience, but please do not move off the sanddune.Please make sure you collect up any and all of your bits and pieces, including rubbish and used toilet paper. Let's not spoil the next visitors' visual experience! You can visit Mt Conner with SEIT Outback Australia tours or through Curtin Springs Walks (private guided walks - please see our website for the walking program dates!)
Written December 1, 2018
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,967 contributions
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May 2022
You can see the mountain in the distance and similar to many Mesa's and Butte;s in the USA but there is no access which I am sure would be quite spectacular up close.
Written June 3, 2022
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rusky2018
Brisbane, Australia78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Just over halfway from Kings Creek Station to Yulara is Mount Conner. The lookout has plenty of parking and is a terrific place to stop, get out, stretch your legs and applaud Mother Nature. Mount Conner is very impressive. As a bonus, across the road and up a small sand dune, are more views of Mount Conner, as well as views of a very large, white, salt lake, which contrasts beautifully with the red sand.
Written August 20, 2019
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Mt Conner is certainly impressive and we are very honoured to have care and responsibility for her as she guards our family members who are taking their long sleeps.
Written September 3, 2019
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Barry B
Hoddesdon, UK1,318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
On a tour from Alice Springs this is the first of the great sandstone outcrop that you get to - there is a viewing area and facilities. Across the road you can climb a modest sand dune and have slight of the large salt pans in the area

Interest big as the curtain raiser to the main event Uluru which came later
Written April 14, 2017
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donpuck
Adelaide, Australia671 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
Only a short review, because only saw Mt. Connor from a distance and was able to take photos from the Mt. Connor viewing point.
Mt. Connor was viewed on the "Alice Wanderer Day Tour".
Facts: Mt. Connor is situated 100 kilometres east of Uluru; it is a messa ( has a flat top); it is 5 kilometres long, 4 kilometres wide and 244 meters above ground.
Scientist think Mt Connor is older than Uluru. Mount Connor is connected with the "feral Ninya or Ice man creators of cold weather.
Written July 12, 2016
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CliveT64
Ashford, UK355 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015
My wife and I had left Uluru and were on the Lassiter Highway heading towards King’s Canyon when we came across Mount Conner in the distance and pulled over at the Lookout. One could be excused for thinking that this is yet another massive rock in the middle of the desert but it is very much a mountain rising some 300 metres above ground level. The same rocky substrate is thought to be beneath Uluru. Like Uluru it is flat topped and is said to be often confused with Uluru by those approaching from the direction of Alice Springs. It is very impressive. We crossed the road and climbed to the top of a sand dune to get a better view and discovered on the other side, what looked like a massive dry lake bed but which could have been a dry salt lake.
Written March 3, 2016
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Bruce H
Brisbane, Australia1,481 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
Yes there were people in our group who thought Mt Connor was Uluru too You really cannot blame them as we came from Kings Canyon and were desperate to reach Uluru. Nevertheless it is imposing, flat-topped and horseshoe-shaped and is part of the same vast rocky substrate thought to be beneath Uluru and Kata Tjuta. At least stop for a photo.
Written March 13, 2015
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ10,285 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Could get some good views of Mount Conner in the distance from the Lasseter Highway. It is sometimes called the "False Uluru" because travelers often mistook it for Ayers Rock. Mount Conner is much smaller standing at 984 feet above the ground -- Uluru is 1,142 feet tall.
Written February 12, 2023
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