Kata Tjuta

Sophia S.

Location

Kata Tjuta is located in central Australia, four and a half hours away from the nearest large town, Alice Springs. Many hotels and resorts are closer than this. Because of Kata Tjuta's location far from any other cities it is a very quiet and relaxed place.

Description

What were once sand hills under the ocean, are now Kata Tjuta and Uluru. The two ranges were once made of sand, but as time went and the sea dried up, they collected surrounding sand and rock, eventually they dried up, some turned to sandstone, while others turned to conglomerate. Kata Tjuta and Uluru would not have been anything other than some very large rocks that have been eroded if not for their exceptional height or that they are tiled at a 90° angle.

HIstory

Who was it important to? Kata Tjuta was the sacred place of the Anangu people, they have lived in this region for thousands of years. The Anangu people are the original owners and caretakers of the Kata Tjuta and Uluru area, to this day they still own and maintain the park's natural beauty.

Why is it Sacred

The Anangu believe that different parts of the monument represent different religious beings. Mt. Olga represents the home of the snake Wanambi, his beard and whiskers are dark lines on the east sides of the mountains, the breath is the wind that travels through the gorge, and the anger of the snake Wanambi are the passing hurricanes. By using these different representations of the mountains, the Anangu people can worship the gods they beleive in through what they can see on Earth.

Interesting Fun Facts

  • Kata Tjuta is located 348 meters above the ground and 860 meters above sea level.
  • In 1950, it became a national park but the owning tribe had lived there for 30,000+ years.
  • Kata Tjuta is filled with animals; 21 mammals, 73 reptiles, 178 birds, 4 frogs.
  • This area is an incredibly popular tourist area, 250,000 people visit every year.
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