As far as I’m concerned, the Pidginwhatever tribe can get knotted with their demands – it’s a national attraction, a major landmark and a tourist mecca – end of. Local services pull in big bikkies but of course, the aborigines in that part of the world want to cash in. So the rock is suddenly sacred.
Having said that, I do see other reasons not to climb the rock, mainly health reasons. The sun when it comes up in the morning seems to leap from below the horizon, it hits that rock ferociously and if your water supply is too little, you’re in trouble.
I visited at dawn, maybe it should have been at dusk – you’ll see the halfway station – oh well. There is also quite a wind sweeping over the rock, enough to knock the infirm off and that has happened before – the railing stops at the top.
Named after this chap:
And it really does change colour towards dusk – spectacular thing. Awesome land to explore, Australia.