Thousands of tourists tend to climb Uluru before closing the sights
Now it’s time for a winter vacation, a very convenient time to travel to the center of the continent, to the legendary Uluru. The huge red cliff, an important landmark of the region, will be closed to the public from October 27, 2019 by decision of the Australian National Parks Authority. And it became a weighty argument for many people to postpone business and climb to the top of Uluru for the first and last time in their lives.
Stewart Highway, the main thoroughfare between South Australia and the Northern Territories, is filled with cars for dozens of miles. The bus driver, which carries tourists to the very rock from the Erldund road station near the farm of the same name, has been working for almost a week without any interruptions. No one even sets a goal to count all the tourists who decided to finally climb the famous Kameniuk. The account goes on thousands of people a day, but many at the last moment refuse to climb. Because it makes no sense.
Uluru was and will be a place of attraction of attention
This is the paradox of Uluru, which is spoken by the representatives of the tribe of Aboriginal people Anangu with ehidtsey. The rock, a truly outstanding object in the desert here, has no practical value. There, literally, there is nothing but steep slopes, and the view from the summit does not please the beauty of the landscapes. The height of Uluru is more than 800 m, which must be overcome solely on foot. Fortunately, at least for the convenience of tourists, on the gently sloping slope, a support was stretched out in the form of a chain, so that one way only takes 1.5 hours.
The elders of Anand say directly – if there is such a foolish tourist that he wants to climb there, let him climb! Maybe it will fall, it will stuff cones and it will become smarter. The indigenous people themselves do not do such nonsense, bare rock is useless for searching for food. As for cultural significance, it is always misunderstood. Uluru was and will be a place of attraction of attention, but the aborigines do not practice any rites for the sake of which one has to climb up. They are historically generally very pragmatic people.
The history of Uluru as a tourist object is boring and a bit tragic
Then why do we need a ban imposed on the authorities to visit the rock? First, it is forbidden to climb Uluru, because not everyone can do it without problems, and the organization of rescue operations flies a pretty penny. Secondly, tourists from all over the world have turned from a source of welcome money into a destructive force for ancient sites. Who would like strangers to climb the sights, organize picnics there and strive to otkolupat stone for memory? Here the natives and put forward the initiative, which was supported by the Australian authorities: to remove the bulk of the tourists from Uluru, so as not to annoy and do not interfere under their feet.
The history of Uluru as a tourist object is boring and a bit tragic. The rock has been of no interest to anyone for millions of years, until in 1946 the first amateur film about climbing it was shot. Representatives of the Anand tribe realized that they would be able to earn extra money as guides, and they regularly took tourists to Uluru for half a century, until it became clear that there was no need for their services. During this time, Uluru did not become a magnet for foreigners, it was not possible to earn big money, but 35 people managed to die in the ascents. From something important and potentially useful, the rock has become a source of problems. Therefore, the current ban is a compromise solution, with an eye to the future, in order to preserve and, if necessary, re-energize the interest of tourists in Uluru.