Tourists will be banned from climbing Australia's UIuru

Anangu dancers perform at the opening of a new viewing platform named 'Talinguru Nyakunyjaku' at Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park 2009

The park board in 2010 indicated it would close the formation to climbing if the activity was declining and if other park experiences were attracting visitors.

Beginning on October 26, 2019, climbing Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) will be prohibited.

There are already signs at the foot of the rock asking people not to climb on it to respect the traditional law of the Anangu Aboriginal people, but these are often ignored.

The red monolith is in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, near Alice Springs, 1,300 miles north west of Sydney.

The board had previously indicated it wouldn't ban climbing until fewer than 20 percent of visitors to the park chose to climb the rock, or it was otherwise clear that the park could attract visitors even with a ban.




A park board made up of a majority of the traditional owners of the land where the rock - which used to be known as Ayers Rock - stands made the decision.

'The traditional owners of the rock have had concerns over the years, ' he said.

While there have been concerns over the ban's impact on tourism, the number of visitors who climb Uluru have steadily dropped, largely thanks to increased awareness and education.

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

"The path left by rubber from the soles of climbers' shoes is visible from kilometres away and some tourists leave litter and damage the rock". The Central Land Council (CLC), who represents Aboriginal people in Central Australia, welcomed the move.

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