Tourists Will Soon No Longer Be Able to Climb Uluru in Australia
The impressive rock formation Uluru will not be able to be climbed for two years after visitors to the Australian scenic landmark more and more recall its sacredness to indigenous people.
This red monolith is inside Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park close to Alice Springs, some 2,100 kilometers northwest of Sydney.
The traditional owners of the land took the decision by majority vote. Besides, one of the landowners, Sammy Wilson, said, “It is an extremely important place, not a playground or theme park like Disneyland.” They have always refused to climb Uluru and consider it sacred.
Only 16 percent of visitors climbed the rock between 2011 and 2015. However, around 300,000 people visit yearly, with Australians and then Japanese most likely to climb.
“We are not stopping tourism, just this activity,” said Wilson, who is the park’s board chairman. So, the only activity that will be banned is climbing but visitors still would be welcomed.
The Oct. 26, 2019 will be the last day of climbing. This date has been chosen because it commemorates the moment in which the land and the formation were handed back to the traditional owners.