People are banned from climbing Uluru in the of Australia's Northern Territory. Uluru is one of the most sacred sites in Australian culture. It is the world's monolith. The site is now off-limits to climbers in of its cultural significance to the traditional . The giant site used to be called Ayers Rock. It has been a attraction for decades. Tourists flocked there in their to climb the rock. However, it is a sacred site in Anangu culture. The Anangu campaigned for the ban for a time.
The ban was announced in 2017. Most visitors complied with . Only 16 per cent of visitors have climbed it since 2017. A local Anangu man who grew up in a community near Uluru told the BBC about the importance of the rock. He said: "That is a very sacred place. That's like our church. I've been telling them since I was a little , 'We don't want you to climb the rock. All of our are on the rock." He said tourists who climbed the rock had no . Another said: "If I tried to climb on top of that house at Canberra, they wouldn't let me in."