Herds of ‘disrespectful’ tourists have been spotted climbing and polluting the sacred mountain of Uluru in an attempt to get the most out of their trips before the ban prohibiting the practice comes into effect.
Following the authorities’ unanimous decision to prohibit all human activity on the sacred Aboriginal rock, masses of tourists decided to climb the mountain before the ban comes into effect.
Despite the traditional landowners requesting people to stop visiting the sacred place for dozens of years, the ban won’t come into effect until October 26.
In an attempt to climb Uluru before it’s too late, thousands of tourists have started illegally entering and camping in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Besides upsetting the local environment and traditions, the tourists have also been dumping their trash and starting illegal fires.
Three months before the expected ban comes into effect, all local resorts are at their capacity with hundreds of tourists breaking their way into the national park to climb Uluru.
“If people plan their trip, get in touch with our information center, we can find them a close alternative … They need to ask the questions at the information centers as they travel along the track,” Stephen Schwer of Tourism Central Australia said in an interview with ABC.
“Where a lot of this comes from is people assuming they will simply be able to find space, and when they can’t find space, they find it themselves — and when they do, they are trespassing.”
The careless actions of tourists have sparked outrage among local community members who took the matter to social media and slammed people for being disrespectful and selfish.
“This is so disrespectful, the landowners ask and explain why they don’t want you up there, respect their wishes,” one person wrote.
“I always have wanted to climb the rock, however, after learning how disrespectful it is to the indigenous people I’ve decided that I just wouldn’t do it,” another one added.
“Went there a couple of years ago. Really wanted to climb it, however, I just couldn’t do it. Just felt wrong. So observed the rock’s beauty and enjoyed the moment,” the third one expressed.
To continue encouraging tourism in the future, the national park will redirect its focus on the local culture and history rather than climbing.
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