Tensions mount as ‘entitled’ tourists flood to Uluru to beat climbing ban


Tension is mounting in central Australia as the countdown to a long-awaited ban on climbing Uluru enters its final week. 

The restrictions, to be imposed on Saturday, October 26 – 34 years to the day that the land on which the sacred rock sits was handed back to its traditional aboriginal owners, has led to a flood of visitors to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, many intent on summiting Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) before it becomes illegal to do so. 

With the ban nearing, the park has seen a 20 per cent rise in arrivals in the last year. While some cite the growth as an indicator that tourism will continue to flourish, others say it is a sign of “nauseating” disrespect. Aboriginal Australians…

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