Tourists to be banned from climbing Australia's most famous attraction

Sky News understands tourists will be banned from climbing Uluru on 26 October 2019

Uluru climbing ban 'very likely'

From 2019 visitors to Uluru won't be allowed to climb the iconic landmark rock in Australia, traditional owners have decided.

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board is comprised of eight traditional owners and four government officials.

Wilson, who is the park's board chairman, said visitors still would be welcomed.

"It has cultural significance that includes certain restrictions and so this is as much as we can say".

Mr Ross said the board agreed to delay the date of the climb's actual closure for another two years.

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

In a statement from the park board, Wilson said the decision was something to "feel proud about".

'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, ' he said, according to Fairfax.

"Perhaps most disturbingly, many people die climbing Uluru".

The red monolith is in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, near Alice Springs, 1,300 miles north west of Sydney.

The park's 2010-2020 management plan recommended the climb be closed when one of three preconditions was met, including that fewer than 20 per cent of visitors climbed the rock.

Federal Indigenous Affairs minister Nigel Scullion said he was comfortable with any decision by the traditional landowners and was not anxious about losing tourism in the area.

The ban will come into effect on October 26, 2019, giving tour operators time to clear pre-booked visitors.

Around 300,000 people visit yearly, with Australians and then Japanese most likely to climb.

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