This is 'Albert Namatjira Country' - Like a wise old person, the mountain watches over an ever-changing desert
landscape keeping the stories of an ancient Arrernte Aboriginal culture.
fourth highest point in Central Australia, at 1,380 metres above sea level,
Mount Sonder was named in honour of the German botanist Wilhelm Otto Sonder. To the local Western Arrernte Aboriginal People, the Mount Sonder area, or
Rwetyepme (roo - choop - ma), is criss-crossed with the tracks of their
dreamtime ancestors. The main story for Rwetyepme is the Man / Euro (Hill
Kangaroo) 'dreaming', told on signs at Redbank Gorge. Mount Sonder itself, also
holds significance to the local Aboriginal People, the shape of the mountain is
said to look like the profile of a pregnant women lying on her back, sometimes
called the 'sleeping woman' by the Aboriginal people. The meaning and
significance of the story is not revealed. The traditional landowners believe
the Dreamtime ancestors are still alive in the land today and the mountain is
engraved with their tracks.
Mount Sonder is also part of the world renowned
Larapinta Trail. This ultimate adventure trek is a 223 kilometre trek, that
takes the hiker along the spine of the West MacDonnell Ranges through some of
the most dramatic landscape in Central Australia.
For those not scaling the peak of Mount Sonder, you can rise early to witness
sunrise illuminate one of the highest peaks in the
Be inspired by the same breathtaking country and mountain peak that inspired
Namatjira's watercolours, and continue to inspire the region's artists. The
colours on the face of Mount Sonder vary throughout the day, from a spectacular
fiery red at sunrise to a deep purple in the early afternoon. It is these
colours that were captured and made famous by the Arrernte watercolourist Albert
Namatjira during the 1940s and 1950s.
Source: NT Parks and Wildlife Service park signage