Thousands of outsiders are rushing to climb Australia's Uluru, ignoring calls by indigenous people to stay off what they consider a sacred monolith before ascents are banned permanently at the end of this month.
Visitors will no longer be able to scale the landmark formerly known as Ayers Rock from October 26 following a decades-long campaign by indigenous communities to protect it.
The World Heritage-listed 348-meter rock, famed for its deep red-ochre hues, is a top tourist draw despite its remote desert location near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.
The upcoming ban has made the rock area the busiest it has been in more than 10 years. Around 1,000 people arrive daily.