Halfway between Uluru and Alice Springs on the Lasseter Highway you come close to a mountain that rises spectacularly in the distance – a vast, tall mesa that is striking in the flat landscape of the Northern Territory desert. Many tourists will mistake this structure for Uluru, not surprisingly given that in the boredom of travelling the long distances you can hardly wait to arrive at your destination. But, alas, you are only half way there, there are still hundreds of kilometres ahead of you.
In the meantime, take a break and enjoy the view from the driver’s rest area, signposted as the Mount Conner look-out. The rest area and parking area are on the southern side of the highway, but when you cross the road – not exactly dangerous with so little traffic around – you can reach a little dune that will offer you better views of the mountain and the surrounding landscape.
Even better: on the other side of the dune, turning your back to Mount Conner, there are huge dry salt lakes. If you don’t climb onto the dune of deep red sand you will miss this beautiful sight entirely, as from the highway you won’t be able to see it.
It’s a great little outback stop to break down this long stretch between Alice Springs and Uluru. If you travel the distance yourself, make sure you take a break and enjoy the views!