Lonely Planet Writer

Three hikers rescued after climbing Uluru against recommended advice

Tourists have once again been warned about climbing Uluru in Australia, after three hikers had to be rescued from the rock by emergency services this week.

Uluru (or Ayers Rock) in Australia.
Uluru (or Ayers Rock) in Australia. Image by ldefonso Ogdoc

Uluru is an oft-visited site in the Northern Territory, and as many as 300,000 tourists a year go to admire the incredible 3.6-kilometre long and 348-metre high rock. But despite signs and requests from locals to refrain from climbing it, many choose to do so. While climbing Uluru is not banned, the area holds a lot of cultural significance for its traditional owners, the Anangu Aboriginal community, which officially owns the national park. The land is leased to Parks Australia. There are signs in the area telling travellers not to climb the rock, for which there is safety, environmental and cultural reasons to refrain from doing so. The Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services posted an update on their Facebook page, explaining that the three 22-year-old men had become stranded in a crevasse after they likely wandered off the official path.

 

After a long rescue that required emergency services to abseil about 320 metres to get to the men, they were retrieved at about 3:20 am on Tuesday. Many online commentators were very displeased with the climbers decision to go up the rock and the need for a rescue. For those who want to experience Uluru but can’t get to Australia, there is a spectacular way to enjoy the view. Recently, and for the first time ever, a drone was allowed to capture birds-eye footage of Uluru from above. The footage was released by Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia in the hopes of sharing an incredible view of Uluru with the world.