'Makes me sick': Why photo of tourists scrambling up Uluru has sparked outrage

Crowds of tourists have been seen heading to Uluru before climbing the sacred site is banned.

Last year, visitors to the area were up 20 per cent compared to 2017, with the trend showing no sign of slowing down in the lead up to its October 26 closure.

An unnamed photographer supplied the ABC with a photo showing hordes of tourists climbing the Northern Territory’s famous Indigenous landmark.

He told the ABC there were cars parked for one kilometre on either side of the road leading to the carpark at the base.

A spokesperson from the Darug Custodian Aboriginal Corporation told News Corp the photo of the tourists disgusted them.

“It makes me sick looking at this photo at the disrespect and disregard shown for the traditional owners’ wishes,” the spokesperson told News Corp.

“Not only do people climb it but they defecate, urinate, and discard nappies and rubbish on it.”

The spokesperson added they “cannot wait” for the climb to be closed.

On Facebook, people were divided about the closure of the site.

“The rock should not be closed to the general public. Everyone's opinion should be respected,” one man wrote.

Another added: “Ayers Rock belongs to all Australians.”

No one will be able to climb Uluru from October. Source: AAP (file pic)

But others were angered by the “disrespectful” scene.

“The ignorance from some people,” one woman wrote.

“Those with no culture will never understand.”

A sign at Uluru from its traditional owners the Angu people implored people not to climb the sacred site.

“Uluru is sacred in our culture,” it reads.

“It is a place of great knowledge. Under our traditional law climbing is not permitted.”

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