Kata Tjuta

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A Place of sacred worship

Located in the Northern Territory of Australia just 31-ish miles from Uluru, another monolith, the nearest major city is Alice Springs, 4.5 miles away. The small town it resides in supplies hotels and restaurants for tourists to come and enjoy their stay.

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What is it?

Kata Tjuta is a large monolith made out of sandstone, granite, and basalt. Kata Tjuta means many heads in the Aboriginal tribe language. This could be because in total there are 36 rock mountains that inhabited 20 kilometers of land. it stands 546 meters above ground level. The highest point is Mt. Olga.

History of Kata Tjuta

Explorer Ernest Giles found Kata Tjuta in 1782 while exploring. It is thought to be 500 million years old. There are lots of legends about Kata Tjuta. A really famous one is about a snake named Wanambi who is said to live at the peak of Mt. Olga and only comes down in the dry season.

who considers it sacred?

It is worshipped by the Anangu People, who are also known as the Aboriginal people. Tjukurpa founded the Anangu's culture, and they have looked after it for thousands of years.

Why is it Sacred?

It is very sacred to the Aboriginals who live there because of their legends about "The Dreaming," or their believed time of creation. They also hold traditional dances to celebrate different times of the year and Aboriginal holidays.


There are 21 mammals, 73 reptiles, 178 birds, and 400 types of plant life living at Kata Tjuta.

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