02 November, 2017
It's within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which also includes the 36 red-rock domes of the Kata Tjuta formation.
People have long asked visitors not to climb the outcrop, which was known for many years as Ayers Rock.
The latest statistics showed just 16 per cent of tourists climb Uluru, paving the way for the closure.
After over 70 years of tourism, Uluru will be off limits for climbers from October 2019, local authorities have confirmed.
Anangu owners make up a majority of the park's board and would have been able to institute a policy change without the backing of the non-Anangu board members.
"The chair of the board, traditional owner Sammy Wilson, made an impassioned speech to the board before the vote, describing the pressure he and other Indigenous people felt over the issue".More news: Media is 'obsessed' with Russian Federation probe, but Americans don't care: White House
"This decision is for both Anangu and non-Anangu together to feel proud about; to realise, of course it's the right thing to close it".
The entirety of Uluru is a sacred area and the site where the climb begins is also a sacred men's area. We welcome tourists here.
A sign at the base of Uluru urges visitors to reconsider climbing the sacred site, explaining it is not permitted under traditional law.
"Perhaps most disturbingly, many people die climbing Uluru".
The board had announced in 2010 that it would close the climb once the number of visitors to Uluru who had defied the wishes of the traditional owners fell below 20%. The Central Land Council (CLC), who represents Aboriginal people in Central Australia, welcomed the move.