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Published on Monday, October 28, 2019

Uluru climbing ban comes into force

Australia's Uluru was permanently closed off to climbers after the ban came into effect, but Northern territory tourism leaders expect little impact on visitor numbers.

Tourists are still being encouraged to visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and experience it with a walk around its perimeter and take part in the various educational activities.

"Today, the spiritual heartland of Australia is handed back to its people, who have shared their stories for decades," said the NT government.

"Tourism operators will still be in demand, with this government supporting them through our Turbocharging Tourism initiative."

It said Tourism NT are working on marketing initiaves for Uluru such as the Arts Trail campaign with a new scenic drive route and the temporary Field of Light installation has been extended until 31 December 2020.

Traditional owners have long encouraged people not to climb the Rock.

About 13% of the nearly 400,000 people who visited the park in the past financial year opted to climb Uluru.

Anangu community elders expressed joy that climbing Uluru is finally outlawed exactly 34 years after it was handed back to the traditional owners. 

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