Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

The traditional owners of Uluru ask you to respect our law and culture by not climbing Uluru.

We Anangu have a responsibility to teach and safeguard visitors to our land. The climb can be dangerous. Too many people have died while attempting to climb Uluru. Many others have been injured while climbing.

We feel great sadness when a person dies or is hurt on our land. We worry about you and we worry about your family. Our traditional law teaches us the proper way to behave.

“That’s a really important sacred thing that you are climbing… You shouldn’t climb. It’s not the real thing about this place. And maybe that makes you a bit sad. But anyway that’s what we have to say. We are obliged by Tjukurpa to say.

“And all the tourists will brighten up and say, ‘Oh I see. This is the right way. This is the thing that’s right. This is the proper way: no climbing’.”

— Kunmanara, traditional owner

The majority of visitors to the park choose to respect the wishes of Anangu by not climbing Uluru.

Do not attempt the climb if you have high or low blood pressure, heart problems, breathing problems, a fear of heights or if you are not fit.

For more information on why you shouldn’t climb Uluru, download the ‘Please don’t climb’ factsheet.

The climb will close permanently in October 2019

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management has unanimously decided to close the climb to the top of Uluru from 26 October 2019.

For more details on the reasons for this decision, see the official media release and minutes from the board meeting.

Of course, there is plenty to see and do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park without climbing. Take a look at our range of things to do for some ideas.

Temporary closures

For safety reasons, the climb to the top of Uluru is closed at the following times:

  • overnight
  • from 8.00 am every day in summer (December, January and February)
  • from 8.00 am on days where the temperature is forecast to reach 36 degrees celsius. This is based on the weather forecast at 5.00 pm the previous day

The climb may also close with little or no notice:

  • if the temperature reaches 36 degrees celsius or above
  • when there is more than a 20% chance of rain within three hours
  • when there is more than a 5% chance of thunderstorms within three hours
  • if the estimated wind speed at the summit reaches 25 knots (45 km/h) or more
  • if more than 20% of the rock’s surface is wet after rain
  • if cloud descends below the summit
  • for Anangu cultural reasons, such as during a period of mourning.

Want to know more?

For more information on why we ask you not to climb Uluru, download the ‘Please don’t climb’ factsheet.