Japanese tourist dies trying to climb Uluru

Despite signage warning against climbing Uluru, yet another tourist has died in an attempt to ascend the rock.
By AG Staff July 4, 2018 Reading Time: < 1 Print this page

A JAPANESE TOURIST has died while climbing Uluru– the first recorded death since 2010.

The 76-year-old man collapsed and loss consciousness while attempting to ascend one of the steepest parts of the 348m rock.

CPR was performed on the man until he was flown to a health clinic nearby, but he couldn’t be revived.

Since the 1950s, 37 deaths have been officially recorded, including this latest incident.

A ban on climbing Uluru is set to come into effect next year after a unanimous decision by the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board.

The decision was made after the number of people who visited the National Park to climb the rock dwindled to just 16.2 per cent, meaning that the closure wouldn’t impact the Park as a valuable tourist destination.

The October 26 2019 date set for the climbs closure will also mark the anniversary of the transfer of custodianship of Uluru and neighbouring Kata Tjuta to its Anangu traditional owners in 1985.

These amendments to the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act and the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act gave the Anangu people inalienable freehold title to the park area through the Uluru Kata-Tjuta Land Trust, and they’ve since requested that tourists do not attempt the climb.

Signage around the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park warns tourists of the dangers of climbing Uluru and the Indigenous significance of the site. However, until next year, when the ban comes into effect, tourists can make the decision as to whether they climb Uluru or not.