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 climb is not prohibited but we ask you to respect our law and culture by not climbing Uluru.
We 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.
The climb is physically demanding. Do not attempt it if you have high or low blood pressure, heart problems, breathing problems, a fear of heights or if you are not fit.
Closures for your safety
For your safety, there are times that the climb is always closed.
- In summer (December, January and February) from 8.00 am
- From 8.00 am if the forecasted temperature at 5.00 pm the day before is 36 degrees Celsius or above.
Other reasons for closures
There are other occasions when the climb may also close with little notice.
- If the temperature reaches 36 degrees Celsius or above
- When there is a greater than 20 per cent chance of rain within three hours
- When there is a greater than five per cent chance of thunderstorms within three hours
- If the estimated wind speed at the summit reaches 25 knots or above
- If more than 20 per cent of the rock's surface is wet after rain
- If cloud descends below the summit
- For cultural reasons, for example, during a period of mourning.