A long line of climbers crowded the path to the top of Uluru on October 24, two days before a ban on climbing the rock was to take force.
The Anangu traditional owners of Uluru, a popular tourist attraction in the centre of Australia, have requested that people not scale the monolith because of its spiritual significance.
In November 2017, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board unanimously voted to ban climbing on the rock.
“If I travel to another country and there is a sacred site, an area of restricted access, I don’t enter or climb it, I respect it. It is the same here for Anangu. We welcome tourists here. We are not stopping tourism, just this activity," board chairman Sammy Wilson said at the time.
Nevertheless, thousands of tourists have flocked to climb the rock in recent days ahead of the permanent ban. Credit: Walters Tours via Storyful