Climbing Uluru Will Be Banned From October 2019

Sky News understands tourists will be banned from climbing Uluru on 26 October 2019

Climbers are to be banished from the world's second largest rock, Australia's 2,800ft Uluru, after its Aboriginal owners decided the sanctity of the 600-million-year-old edifice outweighed its lure for tourists.

The board, made up of eight traditional owners and three representative from National Parks, made the decision after consulting with the wider Anangu community, who it said was overwhelmingly in support of banning climbs.

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta management board discussed permanently closing the climbing route on Uluru on Wednesday.

The director of the Central Land Council, David Ross, described the vote as "righting a historic wrong" and said the rock is "not a theme park like Disneyland". "We are not stopping tourists, just this activity".

'Over the years Anangu have felt a sense of intimidation as if someone is holding a gun to our heads to keep it open, ' he said.

Uluru has around 300,000 visitors each year with Australian tourists the most likely to climb the rock followed by the Japanese, according to the park's figures.




The entirety of Uluru is a sacred area and the site where the climb begins is also a sacred men's area.

The date the climb will close, October 26, 2019, will be 34 years to the day since Uluru was given back to the traditional owners.

The rock's board said in a report in 2010 that they would close the attraction to climbers if the proportion of visitors who tried to climb the rock dropped below 20 percent.

A sign at the base of Uluru urges visitors to reconsider climbing the sacred site, explaining it is not permitted under traditional law.

It also warns of the dangers of climbing Uluru, including that many have died while scaling the rock.

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