Travelling to the Northern Territory? You may want to rethink plans to climb Uluru after a new ruling was passed.
The board of the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park voted unanimously to ban the practice from October 2019.
Uluru board chairman Sammy Wilson said Uluru was “not a playground or theme park like Disneyland”.
“After much discussion, we’ve decided it’s time,” he said adding, “the Government needs to respect what we are saying about our culture in the same way it expects us to abide by its laws.”
In 2010 the board announced they wanted to close the climb, reducing the number of tourists permitted to climb Uluru to 20 per cent.
According to The Guardian Australia, "Anangu have long requested that visitors do not climb the rock, both because it is a deeply sacred men’s site and because of the cultural responsibility they feel over the high number of injuries and deaths."
A sign at the base of Uluru reportedly says:
We, the traditional Anangu owners have this to say.
The climb is not prohibited but we ask you to respect our law and culture by not climbing Uluru.
We have a responsibility to teach and safeguard visitors to our land.
The climb can be dangerous. Too many people have died while attempting to climb Uluru.