On October 26 2019, Uluru climbing will finally be banned.  

For the Anangu people, Uluru is a sacred site and climbing is an act of disrespect. But that warning has not stopped the crowds. In the months leading up to the ban, Uluru has seen an influx of visitors determined to tick the climb off their bucket list, including many Australians.

Uluru Tourism Australia

Uluru. Picture: Tourism Australia

In a statement to the ABC, Tourism Australia CEO Steven Schwer explained why the Uluru climb is discouraged.

“There are a number of reasons why we encourage people not to climb; one of those is safety, another is environmental, and also the cultural significance of the rock to the Anangu people, so we would prefer it that people don’t climb,” he said.

But it’s also important to note that you will have a better experience of Uluru if you don’t climb. Here are 12 ways to see Uluru without climbing the rock. 

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See the sunrise over Uluru
See the sunrise over Uluru
Sunrise over Uluru. Picture: Matt Glastonbury

Take in the unforgettable colours of Australia’s spiritual heartland by watching the sun rise over what is largely considered the world’s largest monolith. Standing 348 metres above ground level, Uluru is taller than the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty.