Thousands of tourists strive to climb Uluru before the closure of the attraction
Now it’s time for the winter holidays, a very convenient time to travel to the center of the continent, to the legendary Ulur. The huge red rock, an important attraction of the region, by decision of the National Parks of Australia will be closed to visitors from October 27, 2019. And this became a compelling argument for many people to postpone things and climb to the top of Uluru – for the first and last time in their life.
Stewart Highway, the main thoroughfare between South Australia and the Northern Territories, is packed with cars for tens of miles. The bus driver, who takes tourists to the cliff from the Erldund road station near the farm of the same name, has been working almost without interruption for more than a week. No one even sets a goal to count all the tourists who finally decided to climb the famous stone. The account goes to 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 attention
This is the Uluru paradox, which is voiced by representatives of the Anangu tribe of indigenous people with echidzia. The rock, a truly outstanding object in the desert here, has no practical value. There is literally nothing there except steep slopes, and the view from the top does not please the beauty of the landscapes. At the same time, the height of Uluru is more than 800 m, which must be overcome exclusively on foot. Fortunately, at least for the convenience of tourists on the most gentle slope they extended a support in the form of a chain, so that a one-way trip takes only 1.5 hours.
Elders Ananda directly say – if there is such a tourist fool that wants to get in there, so let yourself climb! Maybe he’ll fall, he will fill up cones and become quicker. Indigenous people themselves do not engage in such nonsense, a bare rock is useless for food. As for cultural significance, it is always misinterpreted. Uluru was and will be a place of attention, but the natives do not practice any rites for the sake of climbing up. They are historically generally very pragmatic people.
The history of Uluru as a tourist attraction is boring and a little tragic
Then why do we need a ban on visiting the rock introduced by the authorities? Firstly, it’s forbidden to climb Uluru precisely, because not everyone can do it without problems, and the organization of rescue operations flies a pretty penny. Secondly, from the source of coveted money, tourists all over the world have turned into a destructive force for ancient objects. Who would like that strangers climb the sights, have picnics there and strive to pick a pebble for memory? Here are the natives and put forward the initiative, which the Australian authorities supported: to remove the bulk of tourists from Uluru so as not to irritate and get in the way.
The history of Uluru as a tourist attraction is boring and a little tragic. The rock did not interest anyone for millions of years, until in 1946 the first amateur film about the ascent to it was shot. Representatives of the Anandu tribe realized that they could earn extra money as guides, and regularly drove tourists to Uluru for half a century, until it became clear that there was no de facto need for their services. During this time, Uluru never became 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 Ulur.