Tourists will be banned from climbing Australia's UIuru

Tourists will be banned from climbing Australia's UIuru

Troy Powers
November 2, 2017

Visitors are already asked not to climb Uluru out of respect for local law and culture, but it's not explicitly prohibited.

Visitors will be barred from climbing the Uluru from October 2019 following a decision by its traditional owners.

Speaking at Uluru for the announcement, senior traditional owner and chairman of the park board Sammy Wilson said the site had deep cultural significance and was not a "theme park".

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board has imposed a ban as the rock is considered a sacred place by its indigenous owners.

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

The Central Land Council said the board was to be congratulated for its move and said "nobody will miss the climb".

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

"This decision is for both Anangu and non-Anangu together to feel proud about; to realise, of course it's the right thing to close it".

Parks Australia says more than 250,000 people visit the park each year. 'We are not stopping tourism, just this activity, ' he said.

The park's 2010-2020 management plan recommended the climb be closed when one of three preconditions was met, including that fewer than 20 per cent of visitors climbed the rock.

The Anangu have long requested that Uluru not be climbed, as they believe it's a deeply sacred men's site - and that they have a cultural responsibility for the number of climber deaths and injuries.

Australia's world-famous Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, will be closed to climbers from 2019.