Kata Tjuta is Australia’s Top Attraction to Visit After Uluru

Kata Tjuta (Mount Olga), Northern Territory, Australia.
Kata Tjuta (Mount Olga), Northern Territory, Australia. Photo by Patrick McGregor on Unsplash

As far as red rock formations in Australia go, none gets more attention than Uluru, but it’s not the only one that this country has in store. This iconic landmark is a part of a national park in the Northern Territory and shares the spotlight with another similar attraction—Kata Tjuta.

Both rock formations are the two major landmarks within the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, but that’s not the only thing they have in common. They both started forming about 550 million years ago and look pretty similar at first glance, but there are some major differences between them when you scratch beneath the surface.

While Uluru is formed from sandstone rocks, Kata Tjuta is composed of the conglomerate. The rock formations in this cluster are mostly domed and consist of cobbles and boulders cemented by sand and mud, which mostly consist of granite and basalt.

Also known as the Olgas or Mount Olga, Kata Tjuta is considered sacred by the Aboriginal people, and you shouldn’t miss it for the world if Uluru is already on your bucket list. They’re located around 50 kilometers away from each other and there are many local tours taking you to both spots.