No more climbing on 'The Rock'
By Judy Evans
July 12, 2019 7:08am CST
I’ve written about our trip in 2018 to Uluru or Ayres Rock in Central Australia. If you want to read more about that trip, you can use the search button and type in ‘uluru’. Although it is possible to climb Uluru, the traditional owners prefer that the rock isn’t climbed. It is a sacred place to them. Now, with the news that climbing will be banned in October 2019, dozens of tourists are flocking to the rock to climb it before the ban takes place. Numbers of visitors to the world heritage listed site are up 20% on the previous financial year. Direct air flights from Darwin and Adelaide to Ayers Rock since April have also allowed easier access to the site. Since the 1950s, there have been 37 confirmed deaths. Accommodation facilities have been booked out and people are camping illegally wherever they can find a space. The climb will close on 26 October, exactly 34 years since Uluru was given back to the traditional owners.
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• United States
i'm glad to hear that such's gonna be closed to the public. wonderin' why such aint gonna happen 'til late october?? i've 'lways felt strongly fer the native peoples to've their lands 'n sacred places returned. we do battle here'n new mexico quite oft fer such. tryin' to keep the oil/minin' 'ndustries out, not so much visitors.
• United States
@JudyEv yes ma'am, that's a huge chunk 'f troubles here'n the u.s. 'f course, some 'f the tribes 've cashed'n, too. encouragin' such'n 'xchange fer $$ to fill there greed. 'tis jest awful coz then they claim fowl play.
• Gainesville, Florida
Well, that is good information to know! I actually never knew that people could climb the rock. I always thought it was not allowed. But then again, I really know nothing about Uluru. Probably the extent of my knowledge is from reading anything you have posted about it!