Tourists have been flocking to Australia’s iconic Uluru in a bid to climb the landmark before a new ban comes into force.
Uluru -also known as Ayers Rock – is set to close to climbers in October although the park will still remain open so you can take pictures and explore the surroundings.
As the deadline looms, authorities say there has been an influx of visitors which is causing issues.
ABC reports that although there are campsites available, there are too many people meaning some visitors are camping illegally on the side of the road.
That means that there is litter and rubbish being dumped elsewhere in the park.
Uluru is a sacred site for the indigenous people of Anangu so it has heaps of cultural and spiritual significance.
Located in the World Heritage Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the site has long been a must-visit for tourists thanks to its breathtaking landscape and Uluru itself standing tall.
However, there have been concerns that the rock is being damaged by the number of visitors making the climb.
In 2017, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park’s management board made the milestone decision to close the rock to climbers, although the park itself stays open meaning you can still of course visit the landmark and its surroundings.
The board had set out a number of pre-ban conditions to be met by tourism authorities which they decided had been successfully achieved, such as the establishment of new and alternative visitors experiences, as well as a fall in the proportion of visitors coming to climb the rock.
Park authorities have said that they don’t believe the new rules will cause a significant drop in the number of visitors.
Of course Ayers Rock has long been a tourist destination for intrepid explorers.
It’s even boasted some royal visitors including Prince Charles and Princess Diana who visited in 1983, as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton who visited in 2014 .