Thousands of respectful tourists planning to visit Uluru after climb closure comes into full effect.
While recent headlines have been dominated by the number of disrespectful tourists flocking to Uluru, another group of tourists are looking forward to a time when the World Heritage Site is rid of them.
That will be the case once the climbing ban comes into effect on 26 October this year.
Even though many claim the number of people visiting Uluru will plummet after the climb is closed, it’s becoming increasingly clear that thousands of people are looking forward to visiting Uluru after climbing is no longer an option.
For many years, visitors have complained that their Uluru experience would have been perfect if it wasn’t spoiled by witnessing those who went against the very clear wishes of the local Anangu owners and climbed Uluru.
Near perfect photographs have often been spoiled by what is described as “a trail of ants” scaling up Uluru. The very same disrespectful tourists have been known to leave children unaccompanied at the base of the climb, while many more urinate and defecate at the top of Uluru, which means the surrounding waterholes at the base of the Uluru have become unsafe for consumption by both people and animals.
This and much more is about to change after the climbing ban comes into full effect.
It now appears Uluru has the true potential to become a focal point of reconciliation by those who are genuine about showing respect towards Aboriginal people. While future generations will look upon current headlines in embarrassment, we look forward to change when those with respect far outweighs those without.
We want to see the number of visitors remaining strong for many years to come. We also look forward for the first rain to fall, which will begin the natural cleansing process that needs to take place to restore Uluru’s status as a safe and healthy ecosystem.
Will you be part of this change?
Welcome to Country is an independent Indigenous news/media website. We publish stories that are often ignored by Australia’s mainstream media. The source of numbers who plan to visit Uluru come from the many conversations taking place on social media. We feel it is both meaningful and powerful to highlight these views.