The local Anangu community has been asking visitors not to climb Uluru since 1985 when the government handed back the land title to it [Stefica Bikes/Reuters]

Hundreds of people rushed to the base of Uluru in Australia on Friday, the last day before an official climbing ban takes effect on the red rock monolith that is sacred to the indigenous people of the area.

The climb, which usually opens at 7am (21:30 GMT a day before), opened to visitors three hours late after park rangers deemed it was too dangerous because of high winds.

The last chance to climb the rock was at 4pm (06:30 GMT) on Friday. 

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