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.