The local indigenous Aboriginal community request that
visitors respect the sacred status of Ayers
Rock by not climbing the rock, with signs
posted to this effect. In 1983 the former
Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke,
promised to respect the request from the
community that climbing Ayers Rock be
prohibited, but broke his promise when title
was handed to the traditional owners in 1985
because access for tourists to climb Ayers
Rock was made a condition before they could
receive the title.
Ayers Rock climb crosses an important dreaming
track, which has been a cause of sadness and
distress among traditional owners.
Nevertheless, they are unable to prohibit
climbing, and climbing Ayers Rock is a
popular attraction for a large fraction of
the many tourists who visit it each year. A
rope handhold makes the climb easier, but it
is still quite a long and steep climb and
many intended climbers give up partway up.
Depending on the time of day and the
atmospheric conditions, the rock can
dramatically change color, anything from
blue to violet to glowing red! Many avid
photographers set up for days and record the
many changing colors of Ayers Rock
Some kilometres north of Ayers Rock is the
resort community of Yulara, which provides
traditional creature comforts
bars, swimming pools &
stores) while maintaining the
ambience of the Australian Outback.
Close by are the Olgas (Kata Tjuta) and the
Valley of the Winds.
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