Sydney - It is a holy spot for the indigenous Anangu, where their ancestors rest and outsiders are cursed for disturbing the red-colored Uluru monolith reaching for the sky.
The problem, however, is that Uluru has become sacred to another group: Instagramming tourists drawn to hike and climb the 1 100-foot formation in central Australia, capturing photos of sunlight glinting off sandstone.
But with a ban on hiking the formation set for October, tourists are making a last-ditch pilgrimage to set foot on the rock before it's illegal, creating human traffic jams reminiscent of deadly congestion on Mount Everest.
Local reporter Glenn Minett captured images of people on their way up Uluru in an antlike formation, leaving the surrounding area filled with trash, overflowing septic waste and illegal camping sites, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
Outsider pilgrimages to Uluru have long angered the Anangu people.