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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Michelle M
Sydney, Australia197 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
There is a sign posted rest area for great views of Mount Connor. Plenty of room to pull over for cars and vans. Only access to Mount Connor is through guided tours so this is your best look at it. Toilets. 2 sheltered picnic tables. Cross the highway and climb up the small red dirt hill for great views of Lake Amadeus, a large salt lake.
Written 29 September 2023
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ9,878 contributions
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 12 February 2023
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,764 contributions
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 3 June 2022
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apim
Canberra, Australia361 contributions
Jun. 2021
It's amazing that so many people still mistakes sighting of this as first glimpse of Uluru! Nonetheless, it's still a beautiful sight and if it happens that you are passing by during dusk and dawn , do stop a little longer to see the mesmerising beauty of the rock's changing colours
Written 9 May 2022
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Hi apim, yes we agree Mt Conner is simply stunning the desert landscape!
Written 31 May 2022
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caddyandbellA
Perth, Australia4,646 contributions
Jul. 2021
Thought it was our first glimpse of Ayres Rock as we were driving in (stupid).Huge huge rock that you can see just before Curtin Springs.There is a lookout to stop and take photos.Impressive rock
Written 5 August 2021
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,800 contributions
Jun. 2021
Mt Connor is a massive mesa (or flat-topped mountain) that is clearly visible from the Lasseter Highway as you drive towards Uluru. Best viewpoint is from the Mt Connor Lookout, near Curtin Springs Roadhouse. The mountain is on private land and so is generally not accessible to the public - which is a great shame as its addition to the Red Centre trail would be a big bonus for local tourism and complete a mighty impressive trifecta of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Mt Connor. Across the road from the lookout is a sandhill which gives you an excellent view of Lake Amadeus, a large, usually dry salt lake.
Written 30 June 2021
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amr100
Wellington, New Zealand1,050 contributions
Nov. 2020
So glad I had done a little googling pre my roadie - otherwise I would have thought this was Uluru as soooooo many do. But still worth the stop as very impressive scenery.
Written 6 January 2021
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lux2lessworld
Double Bay, Australia495 contributions
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 11 December 2019
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rusky2018
Brisbane, Australia78 contributions
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 20 August 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 3 September 2019
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kimwillrule
Singapore, Singapore2,640 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Family
I really really like this rock. It’s quite a story how Mount Connor earned its nickname of Fooluru. Back in the days when it was hard to get to Uluru, none-the-wiser visitors would pilgrimage to Mount Conor thinking it was the real deal then ship back pronto. It’s hilarious.
Written 11 June 2019
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There is still a lot of confusion and we get lots of people asking the question when they get to us.... I think the fact that stopped at the Mt Conner lookout should be a bit of a giveaway!
Written 23 July 2019
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