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Just 10 culturally-appropriate things you can do at Uluru, instead of climbing it.

On October 26 2019, the climbing of Uluru – a sacred site belonging to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu people – will be banned.

The imminent closure has sparked a surge of tourists snaking up the summit. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park manager, Mike Misso, has revealed its been their busiest period in more than ten years.

This is despite the fact that a sign sits at the base of Uluru, as it has for decades, that reads in part: “The climb is not prohibited but we ask you to respect our law and culture by not climbing Uluru.”

But in 10 days, the climb will be prohibited.

Here are 10 culturally-appropriate activities travellers can take part in and around Uluru, instead of climbing it.

1. Camel tour

Take a 45 minute ride on camels through the desert landscape with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as a stunning backdrop.

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Uluru Camel Tours offer a camel experience that can't be beaten anywhere in Australia, with the world heritage area of Uluru and Kata Tjuta as our stunning backdrop. Image: Tourism NT/Jackson Groves.
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Tourists have a camel tour around Uluru. Image: Tourism NT/Matt Cherubino.
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2. Base walk

This is a 10km track that follows the circumference of the rock.

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A visitor walking around the base of Uluru. Image: Tourism NT/Jackson Groves.

3. Segway tours

Cruise around the base of Uluru, with the segway tours.

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Image: Parks Australia.
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Image: Parks Australia.

4. Biking

Hire a bike and explore the land on two wheels.

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Visitors cycling around the base of Uluru. Image: Tourism NT/Laura Bell.

5. Walk through the domes of Kata Tjuta

Go on a guided tour of the 36 domes that make up Kata Tjuta.

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Aerial view of Kata Tjuta at sunrise with Uluru seen in the background. Image: Tourism NT/Jason Charles Hill.
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6. Have workshops with local Maruku artists

Learn about traditional Aboriginal art with Maruku Arts Dot Paintin Workshop.

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Visitors work alongside a Aboriginal artist during a dot painting workshop. Image: Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught.
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Desert art at Maruku. Image: Tourism NT/Felix Baker.
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A visitor learning dot painting with a local Aboriginal artist from Maruku Arts. Image: Tourism NT/Archie Sartracom.

7. Field of Light art installation

The Field of Light art installation is a global phenomenon by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro and will be in place until 31 December 2020.

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A visitor walking through the Field of Light art installation. Image: Tourism NT/Mitchell Cox.
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Visitors illuminated by Bruce Munro's Field of Light art installation. Image: Tourism NT/Laura Bell.
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The Field of Light art installation, a global phenomenon by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, has come home to the place that inspired it - Uluru. Image: Tourism NT/Matt Glastonbury.

8. Explore Kings Canyon

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Visitors jump for joy along the sandstone walls at Kings Canyon. Image: Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught.
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Visitors stopped at a placard along Kings Canyon. Image: Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught.
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Visitors looking out over Kings Canyon. Image: Tourism NT/David Hill.
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9. Helicopter tour

Take a 30-minute helicopter tour around Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

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A visitor flying past Uluru during a helicopter tour over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Image: Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught.
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Looking down over Twin Falls from a helicopter tour. Image: Tourism NT/Jewels Lynch.
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10. Dining experience with Sounds of Silence

Listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table of fellow travellers for an unforgettable dining experience with Sounds of Silence.

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A couple during the Sounds of Silence dinner at Uluru. Image: Tourism NT/David Kirkland.
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Visitors start the night at Sounds of Silence with champagne. Image: Tourism NT/Akari Hatakeyama.

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