Indigenous Australians are celebrating a climbing ban on one of the country’s best-known landmarks.
Saturday will mark a monumental moment in the long history of Australia’s most famous rock.
Among some of the tourists rushing to Uluru before climbing it is banned this Saturday, there is bemusement as to why local Indigenous traditional owners would discourage tourist dollars.
Australians are still flocking to the Red Centre to try and climb Uluru ahead of a deadline that will see climbing banned in recognition of local indigenous people’s wishes.
Visitors will no longer be able to scale the Australian landmark, formerly known as Ayers Rock, from Oct. 26, following a decades-long campaign by indigenous communities to protect it.
Thousands of people are flocking to climb Uluru — Australia’s sacred giant monolith — before a ban comes into force at the end of October.
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is sacred to its traditional Aboriginal owners, known as Anangu.
Climbers are making sure they take in all the sights on the iconic Uluru because they won’t be able to get there soon.
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Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia’s red centre is home to the iconic monolith Uluru (Ayers Rock) and colossal rock domes Kata Tjuta (The Olgas).
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Formed hundreds of millions of years ago, the sacred site will be closed to climbers starting in 2019.