Australia will ban access to Mount Uluru in 2019
October 26, 2019 will be a historic date for Australia and for world tourism in general. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park has decided to close access to its sacred monolith to preserve its status and out of respect for the indigenous community Anangu.
As of 2019, you cannot climb Mount Uluru. © Alamy
Australia has marked a before and after in the management of mass tourism and in the preservation of its natural heritage. Who knows if this will serve as a precedent in other countries?
Access to Uluru, also called Ayers Rock, in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the desert of Australia, the day will close October 26, 2019 by the desire of traditional owners.
"We chose this date to permanently close the climb as it is a date of great importance for Anangu. On October 26, 1985, Uluru and Kata Tjuta were returned to Anangu after many years of hard work by the elders, "Australian National Parks Director Sally Barnes said at a press conference on November 1 .
The Uluru is owned by the aboriginal community, Anangu. © Alamy
The Uluru has received this year more than 100,000 annual visits, according to data from the National Park. Its reddish color and its height, about 348 meters, have made it a very popular and attractive place for tourists who do not hesitate to climb it even if there are warnings not to do so.
"There has been a significant reduction in the number of people who want to climb, to less than 20%. We have many alternative activities so that people can enjoy the place without having to climb it," Sally Barnes added on November 1.
Tourists will have to admire the Uluru from below. © Alamy
For the Anangu, the community of aboriginal groups from Australia, a place that is sacred to them was not being respected.
"The land has law and culture. We welcome tourists here. Closing the climb is not something to feel annoying but a reason for celebration. We are going to close it all together, ”said the owner and chairman of Uluru's board of directors, Sammy Wilson, on October 27.
"If I travel to another country and there is a sacred site, a restricted access area, I do not enter or scale it, I respect it. It is the same here for Anangu. We are not stopping tourism, just this activity," added Sammy Wilson.
In fact it will be so, tourists will be able to access the Uluru and enjoy its views but from below, without being able to climb it. They are already studying different ways to encourage other activities in the area.
Australia has made history with this ban. © Alamy