Written by avid camper – Rhys De Deugd
One of the great wonders of the world is Uluru, and for years it has been affirmed by Indigenous Australians as a sight of tradition, history, and importance, and not a rock that is to be climbed.
To the Anangu people, the sacred site has held much significance and many of the traditional owners say the rock holds many stories.
The stories are passed down generations and its sacred nature is exemplified by its beauty and importance to so many Australians.
With the recent news of a Japanese tourist dying after falling whilst climbing the rock, it has again sparked the conversation of whether the beautiful rock should be banned from climbing for safety and indigenous traditional reasons.
Northern Territory Police say the man, 76, was attempting to ascend one of the steepest parts of the climb when he collapsed and lost consciousness about 4:00 pm yesterday.
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The climb is extremely dangerous with over 37 people dying since the 1950’s when tourism began to come to central Australia.
The Anangu believe that in the beginning, the world was unformed and featureless, Uluru played a part in creating all beings and features.
Uluru is the physical evidence of the feats performed by ancestral beings during this creation time.
However, for many travellers there has been motivation to tick-off an item on their bucket list as they may not have the opportunity to achieve the feat that many other tourists have done.
Many may have climbed it but also many have lived in central Australia for thousands of years before us and are the traditional and spiritual owners of the land.
At this stage, it appears a ban will be taking place next year after the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board decided unanimously to ban climbing Uluru.
Regardless, it is one of the true beauties of nature and is still a great tourist attraction from the bottom and the top.
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