The Cross on Memory Mountain

Memory Mountain  reflects the faith, culture and creativity of the local Aboriginal people.

The Vision & History

The Indigenous-led vision to construct a 20-metre Cross on the summit of Memory Mountain reflects the faith, culture and creativity of the local Aboriginal people. The vision dreamed by their  elders to build this Cross, ignited a passion within the local people to share their land, their culture  and traditions and their creativity with the world. 

The Cross on Memory Mountain was officially launched and handed over to the local Indigenous community during the 2023 Indigenous Easter celebrations. Families came from communities near and far to join to festivities and see the lights on the Cross turned on for the first time on Good Friday evening. 

Way back in 2009, the local elders shared their vision for the Cross with Ken Duncan and asked for assistance to bring it to  fruition. Catching their passion, Ken could see how their dream could translate into an iconic, world class tourism destination. Beyond the Cross, Ken saw opportunities for meaningful Indigenous  employment, that would create long-term financial sustainability for the local communities. After a  lengthy bureaucratic process, permission was granted through Central Land Council to construct the  Cross on Memory Mountain. And so it began! 

The Completed Cross

The Cross Today

In late 2022 construction was completed. The Cross is constructed of Corten steel, so it blends into the natural environment and stands 20-metres tall at the summit of  Memory Mountain. There is still WH&S compliance work to be done on the track, before the site can be opened to the public. And permanent lighting needs to be installed, so the Cross can be illuminated at night. But that work is scheduled for April 2024, so it is possible you may be able to visit before the end of the 2024 NT tourist season.

Every aspect of planning and construction is being carried out in consultation with the local Indigenous people, and with environmental protection at the forefront of all decision-making.  The access pathway to the summit of the mountain is made of steel grates attached to poles core-drilled into the mountainside. It has been designed to be sensitive to the aesthetics of the mountain, to minimise erosion, and to protect native flora. In late 

Memory Mountain Limited supports this project which is 100% that of the local Indigenous people – their heart, their faith, their plan.

A New Outback Tourism Icon

This iconic symbol of the faith, culture and traditions of the Indigenous peoples of central Australia is  set to become a major new Outback tourism icon. The Cross on Memory Mountain will draw visitors from across Australia and around the world who wish to have an authentic encounter with local  Indigenous people. Tourism and ancillary businesses will bring employment opportunities,  sustainable enterprises and financial independence for the local communities. It will bring connection and understanding, relationship, reconciliation and economic benefit. 

The walking track to the summit of Memory Mountain is steep, but safe. It is classified as a Grade 4 walk and while we refer to it as a climb, no actual climbing is involved. However, you do need to be fairly fit  to walk all the way to the top.

You’ll find information on all the things you will eventually be able to see and do at memory Mountain on our Tours & Events page.

Facilities for tourists are minimal at present – the site has just one pit toilet and no running water. But plans are underway to provide quality amenities and  infrastructure that will significantly enhance the visitor experience. Eventually there will be camping  facilities with space for tents and caravans and even glamping facilities.