Uluru, the Australian national landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site will be closed off to tourists who want to climb the massive sandstone rock.
One of Australia’s most iconic landmarks will soon be inaccessible after a government body voted to close the natural wonder this week. Uluru, previously known as Ayer’s Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith located in Australia’s Northern Territory. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board voted to close the site to climbers on November 1. Now, tourists will only be able to visit the area around the rock, but not scale the monolith itself.
The unanimous decision to close the rock was made by eight Anangu tribal members and three National Parks officials due to religious and safety concerns. The UNESCO World Heritage Site site has been subject to national debate and is considered sacred to the Anangu tribe.