Australia 2010

A circumnavigation (with risks).

Uluru (Sacred Sites).

A visit to Uluru (Ayers Rock) is the highlight of many trips to Australia, and indeed the rock is very impressive.

However before entering the National Park, and certainly before taking any photographs it is a good idea to read the "Dos & Don'ts" leaflet issued by the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park. Below are 9 of the 47 listed offences and the fine they might attract. (For full details you should apparently consult the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999).

Offence.

Fine.

Interfere with animals or plants.

$55,000

Carry out scientific research.

$2,200

Dump waste.

$5,500

Litter.

$1,100

Photograph, film, paint or record contrary to restrictions or prohibitions.

$3,300

Use a remote control car or plane, make a loud noise, throw or roll a stone

$1,100

Camp outside camping area.

$1,100

Bury someone or scatter human ashes.

$2,200

Walk off road or track.

$550

Below is a plan of Uluru. The areas marked in black are "Sacred Sites" and are not to be photographed.

Some parts of the base of the rock are marked with "No Photography, No Access" signs, but from a distance it is very hard to determine which bits are sacred and which bits are not.

Nor is it clear if the prohibition on photographing the sacred bits extends to distant views of the rock.

Below are a few of the "No Photography, No Access" signs found around the base of Uluru.

The photograph below was made from the sunset car park, and does not show any sacred bits (I think).