>> It's one of Australia's most famed landmarks. And if you've ever wanted to climb to the summit of Uluru there's not a lot of time left. From 2019 the Outback monolith, formerly known as Ayers Rock, will be closed to climbers. The decision has been debated for over 30 years.
Ever since the park was returned to indigenous hands. Uluru has cultural significance for aborigines and is believed to be a sacred area for men. It's deeds were handed to it's traditional owners, the Anangu people, in 1985. And it was decided once the proportion of visitors who tried to climb the rock dropped below 20% it would close.
Now, that's happened. The ban will take effect in October 2019, exactly 34 years since it was handed back.>> We're going to have to talk to the board, to work with the traditional owners, and see what they want to do. We'll need some experts to help us work out how we restore and rehabilitate.
If that's what the traditional owners want.>> Around 300,000 visitors travel to the landmark each year, including some familiar faces. From 2019 they will all have to make do with viewing it from a distance.