Uluru Climb Closed to Tourists
Posted on 29 October 2019
The sacred rock site, Uluru, which is located in the heart of Australia's Northern Territory is now permanently closed to climbers. The move came after the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park’s Board of Management chose to protect the rock for several reasons, including its significance among Anangu traditional owners.
Uluru has spiritual importance, as the ancestral Mala men used it as a traditional route when they arrived to the site. It is also a steep and relatively dangerous climb. In fact, it’s 348 metres tall, making it higher than the Eiffel Tower and the equivalent of a 95-storey building! In wet weather, Uluru can become quite slippery and in warm weather, it can get very hot at the top, so a lot of climbers suffer from extreme dehydration. Lastly, because so many tourists have climbed the rock, it has become prone to erosion and other environmental damage. All of these reasons contributed to the decision to close it to climbers.
October 26 was the last day visitors could legally climb Uluru, with one final group making the trek before the site was closed. Now, anyone found climbing the rock can receive a $6,300 fine.