#2 Beauty, bans, fines, nonsense & superstition... Is it really worth a visit?
This great review by Roy Broff (click on the link) tackles all the hard questions about visiting Uluru:
Getting there The desert is boring and monotonous but at least easy to steer
Impressions of the cultural centre The best thing about the centre is that it has TOILETS
Photography Huge areas of the rock are declared sacred and penalties for photographing such areas ($5000 or 6000) can make you broke in no time – please leave your CAMERA in the car
Here's a comment on Roy's review:
The Summit is Fantastic
Anyone who dismisses the climb as "only a small part" of the experience misses the importance of it to those of us that want to climb it. It is part of the Australian culture to climb such things for many reasons - tradition, family who have done it; life long desire and like Everest "because it is there".
I spoke to over fifty people who climbed the rock the same day I did and all had stories to tell of their dreams of climbing it and how agry it made them that the aborigines seem to close it on a whim. Many were very upset that their children and grandchildren will not be able to climb it. The friendly atmosphere on the climb is fantastic. People who would never normally speak to each other were chatting and offering help and encouragement. It was a wonderful community feel that will be lost.
I spent five hours on the rock and walked out to the far end. I spent about the same walking and driving around the base. The top of the rock is one of the most special and fascinating places in the world and I have been to 35 countries. The walk around the base is but a mere shadow of the walk at the top.
To stop the climb is insensitive and illogical but culture and politics always are. Whose culture is more important? What compromise can/should be made?
If you respect all people. Why do you not respect those who want to climb?
ALL racism. All bigotry is UGLY.