Mount Conner is often confused by people for Uluru as they drive from Alice Springs towards Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. It certainly has a high profile and is visible for many miles on the horizon and once you have seen Uluru you will never confuse the two again.
Mount Conner, named by William Gosse in 1873 after South Australian politician M. L. Conner is also known as Attila by Aboriginals of the area. The majestic mesa is on the road to Uluru about 75 kilometres (47 miles) southeast of Lake Amadeus at the border of the Curtin Springs cattle station. The highest point is 859 metres (2,818 ft) above sea level and 300 metres (984 ft) above ground level. The flat-topped and horseshoe-shaped mesa, is thought to be part of the same substrate beneath that of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
As Mount Conner is on a cattle station permission was required to go onto the property and camp. A good bush camping facility is available which needs to be booked and paid for at Curtin Springs roadhouse. It is best to phone ahead and see if it is available to avoid disappointment.
The turn-off into the camp is only a kilometre or two from the roadhouse, and about a 20 minute drive through the property to the camp ground. This is a working cattle property so remember to close gates if closed, and leave open if open. We found the place a delight to stay, no one else there, quiet secluded and restful.
NEWS FLASH: It looks like the owners no longer allow people to camp by themselves on the property. Apparently poor behavior of some has now put an end to this privilege. Only guided tours will now get you close to Mount Conner!