The massive red sandstone Uluru Rock is one of the most recognizable symbol of the Australian outback and the country itself. But the monolith will now be closed to climbers.
This is a decision that seems to have been a long time coming. The majestic Uluru Rock, formerly known as Ayer’s Rock, lies right in the heart of the Red Center of Australia’s Northern Territory. It is symbolic of the expansive, arid Australian outback. Hell, the sandstone monolith is considered a symbolic representation of the entire continent-country, alongside the Sydney Opera House. And on November 1, 2017, it will be closed off to climbers from October 26, 2019.
The decision to shut off access to Uluru was made after a vote was cast by members of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board.