People are now banned from climbing of the most sacred sites in Australian culture. The world's largest , the giant Uluru in the desert of Australia's Northern Territory, is now off-limits to tourists and climbers. It will be closed from October 25 in of the site's cultural significance to the Anangu traditional owners. The site was once known as Ayers Rock, before it reverted to its historic name of Uluru. It has been a major attraction for . Tourists from around the world have flocked there in droves to climb the rock. However, it is a sacred site in Anangu . The Anangu custodians of the rock have long campaigned for the .
The ban was announced in 2017 and most visitors complied with . Australia's tourist association said that only 16 per cent of have actually climbed the rock since 2017. Local Anangu man Rameth Thomas, who grew up in a community near Uluru, explained to the BBC how the rock is to his people. He said: "That place is a very sacred place. That's like our church. I've been telling them since I was a little boy: 'We don't want you to climb the rock.'" He added: "All of our are on the rock. People right around the come just to climb it. They've got no ." Another resident said: "If I tried to climb on top of that house at Canberra, they wouldn't let in.