Climbing Uluru To Be Banned October 2019

Climbing Uluru will be banned by October 2019, in a unanimous decision by the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board.

“Some people in tourism and government for example might have been saying we need to keep it open but it’s not their law that lies in this land,” said Sammy Wilson, chairman of the board.

“It is an extremely important place, not a playground or theme park like Disneyland.”

It’s one of those bucket-list destinations in Australia, and a popular one amongst us 4WDers. You’ve got 4WD tracks taking off in all directions from Yulara, making it an unforgetting start or finish point. Back a  few years ago, we did the Gunbarrel Highway from Wiluna, and finished off at the rock.

Those who have climbed Uluru, otherwise known as Ayer’s Rock, will know that there is plenty of signage asking people to not climb the rock, out of respect for its spiritual significance. Now, those wishes of the traditional owners will be kept.

The start date of the ban is October 26th 2019, which coincides with the 34th anniversary of Uluru returning back into the hands of the traditional owners.

Article from Pat Callinan’s 4×4 Adventures

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Comments 14

    1. I would say it is a spiritual thing. I know near the bottom when I was their 18 years ago it had a sign to know take photos of a certain area as it was a spiritual place for women.

  1. “Some people in tourism and government for example might have been saying we need to keep it open but it’s not their law that lies in this land,”

    This sort of comment just signifies how much contempt some Aboriginals have for Australian law and does nothing for the reconciliation they keep bleating on about. It’s a rock/mountain/whatever. Nothing more.

    1. Are you for real? this is an extremely important spiritual place for indigenous Australians AND the best way to explain it might be to ask what religion you follow & let us say – just for this example – you are Catholic; would you tolerate (say) someone outside your spiritual understanding deciding to ab-sail down the side of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral – what’s the problem with that, it’s just a building after all!

    2. To the vast majority of the ignorant, racist, replies.
      What an ignorant, insular, sad little life you people must must lead.
      Contempt for Australian law by Aboriginal people! really, gee I wonder why?
      Firstly Australia was claimed by England, under the lie that was Terra Nullius (I suggest that you look it up). My understanding of any law that is based on a lie, is actually illegal, (null and void) hence Australia technically still belongs to the Aboriginal peoples. This is what frightens white Australia.
      The Australian constitution also makes no mention of the first Australians, who have been here for 40,000 – 60,000 years. Why? because that would predate white colonisation by over 38,000 -58,000 years, and would be an admission that Terra Nullius, was indeed a lie, as Australia was indeed inhabited, and hence did belong to the peoples already here.
      Okay, there you have a very brief, and simple history lesson.
      Okay Next comment from Paul, Uluru, just a rock/mountain, to be pedantic, it is actually an Inselberg (look it up).
      Again, a bit of an understanding of Aboriginal culture would be good. Aboriginal people, don’t see the land or the environment the same as white people do, and Uluru in a religous sense to them, is a spiritual place, the same as we would see a Church, or other religious places of significance to us. How do you think white people would react if Aboriginal people started to climb over these places, and disrespect them?
      The local Aṉangu do not climb Uluru because of its great spiritual significance. They have always requested that visitors do not climb Uluru, partly due to the path crossing a sacred traditional Dreamtime track, and also due to a sense of responsibility for the safety of visitors. The visitors guide says “the climb is not prohibited, but we prefer that, as a guest on Aṉangu land, you will choose to respect our law and culture by not climbing.”
      Uluru to the local Anangu people is not just a rock/mountain as you so flippantly comment.
      In 1983, the Anangu people annonced that they will be banning climbing on Uluru, so it was always a given that the day would come when, Uluru, would no longer be allowed to be climbed upon.
      Just in closing, here are some interesting statistics:
      According to a 2010 publication, just over one-third of all visitors to the park climb Uluru; a high percentage of these were children. A chain handhold added in 1964 and extended in 1976 makes the hour-long climb easier, but it is still a steep, 800 m (0.5 mi) hike to the top, where it can be quite windy. It is recommended individuals drink plenty of water while climbing, and those who are unfit, suffer from vertigo or medical conditions restricting exercise, do not attempt it. Climbing Uluru is generally closed to the public when high winds are present at the top. There have been at least 35 deaths relating to recreational climbing since such incidents began being recorded. About one-sixth of visitors made the climb between 2011 to 2015.
      1 in six? with the majority being children?
      The source of the statistics,
      Would you be dictated too, as to what you can and can’t do on your own land.
      We may not agree with the Anangu’s decision, but we have to accept that as the land owners, that is their right. I believe that anyone not going to Uluru, just because you can’t climb it will be missing an impressive sight, full of power, and wonder, and of significant cultural significance. The guided walk around Uluru, is awesome.
      P.S I can’t wait to see what sort of feedback I get.

  2. It is with utter contempt of the average Australian citizen that Sammy Wilson once again expects everyone to dance to the beat of his extremely selfish drum.

    To allow this monumental manipulation of the majority to appease the minority is unfortunately far too typical of the current laws and law makers.

    Be warned if individuals and groups such as those with lateral thinking along the lines of one Sammy Wilson touring our beautiful country and its special outback areas will be lost forever.

    It will be only a short time in the future that outback tracks and sites of tourist interest will all of a sudden have some linked indigenous significance and all but special secret mens and womens business will be allowed there.

    It defies logic that this type of decision is allowed to be considered, let alone scheduled for introduction. Why is the government of this country sitting on its hands again allowing this type of discrimatory behavior to bw validated.

    Wake up Australians before it is too late.

  3. I climbed the rock twice in 1987 and it is a great pity to see it being closed for the tourist.
    instead why dont the aboriginals clean up the mess they left at the tip of cape york which was supposed to give them imployment and a living
    its an absolute disgrace and does them no favors nor does closing the rock
    Australia belongs to everyone not just a few with an enormous chip on their shoulders..

  4. Yes, we’re told we will no longer be able to climb the Rock due to the Religious beliefs of a minority. Who else is given the same rights to stop others from doing something, with the backing of Taxpayers money and Government regulations?

  5. Hard to imagine that a rock that has been there for 600 million years is governed by a very small tribe who have been there for 30 thousand years.Mt Warning also has signage to say don’t climb.Luckily our great explorers who opened up this southern land didn’t know any of this,otherwise we would all still be sitting in the boat.

  6. Just imagine if us “whities” banned our indigenous brothers from entering certain parts of “our” country, it would be discrimination of the highest degree, the rock is for everyone, wake up Australia

  7. Could not agree more Ted and Barry, Stop sitting on your hands Australia, another piece of this great land we are going to be denied access too. Start actively lobbying your parliamentarians to stop and reverse this great lookout movement, Australia wide before its too late.

    I mainly travel Cape York and NT, have done so since I was seventeen, got my first 4×4, love exploring and fishing our top end, had my 60th birthday the other day, and in this time have witnessed the radical changes and lock-outs of some great areas.

    EG; just north of the coastal side of Lakefield NP, there are signs up all along the track stating Lama-Lama land, keep out, and just to the south-east of Lakefield NP, when you cross over the Kalpower crossing on the way to Bathurst Heads, signage has recently appeared over the past few years stating;” Freehold aboriginal land”, keep out, penalty apply.
    Now this really gets up my nose
    ,Freehold land, who paid for this freehold land, I think I can safely state that it would have been us, the Australia tax payer, not the so called traditional land owners.
    So If it has been paid for by tax payer or even somehow gifted /transferred via government departments, it still originally has come out of your pocket, as tax dollars, so by my logic I have already paid my admittance fee into these areas that we are being locked out of, and in some cases ,where we are so called “allowed to enter,” the aboriginals are quick to charge us a fee , and in some cases , exorbitant fees, for the so called privilege. Bullshit, it is our right too .

    In the late eighties i went to Mapoon, via Weipa, because back then you still had to obtain a permit, and pay fees for the privilege to go there, found the place to get permit and the fees went straight into a draw under the desk, no receipt of cash paid, to this day ,i still wonder what used to happen to all this money, know what i mean ???. I have mates that go into remote areas of the gulf onto again so call aboriginal land, and you have to pay them around $200 to $300 per 4×4 for access, all cash money no receipt from an administration of such, ???, if you don,t, you leave your camp unattended at your own peril, somehow, someone, seems to find you, and pinch whatever they want from your camp-site. ???

    Today, I challenge, them if they want to charge a fee and can,t supply a proper receipt i refuse to pay and ignore them, then i offer to call the police for them, welcoming there involvement.

    While on the matter of fees, I fail to see, if we have to pay them, why should it be any more than standard National Park fees. ???

    I do not have a problem with recognizing aboriginals being the first australians and that they have there own culture and beliefs, but don,t lock us out, in the end we will not stand for it, if you want to have equal rights, it cuts both ways, the way i see it at present we are being denied access to a lot of australia ,but if you are aboriginal , you can go anywhere in australia you please.

    Dont just sit there and nod your head, start annoying your state member, or Australia will be a very different place for your kids and grand kids to roam and enjoy,.

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