Tourists are flocking to Uluru before a climbing ban comes into place in nine months’ time.
The red rock monolith in central Australia, formerly known as Ayers Rock, will be protected by sacred aboriginal site laws and anyone attempting the climb will be liable to fines of up to £33,660 and two years in jail.
However, the impending ban has triggered legal action by outdoor adventure groups and threats to stage an illegal mass climb in protest. There has also been a marked increase in the number of people visiting the site as the deadline draws nearer. Up to 500 people are making the climb every day — up from 50 to 140 a day — despite appeals to respect the wishes of the local Anangu Aboriginal…
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