Originally Posted by Andy K
Not new ones, just what's been in place for a few years now: you can still climb the rock but it's verbally discouraged. I wouldn't let this stop you, though: as the other folks commented, the local natives more than likely had nothing to do with that and it's still the main reason people go there. The view is worth it! Take it away and the place might as well close.
There are a few spots around the rock that are sacred and have been so for a long time and where the local Aboriginals ask folks not to take pictures. Fair enough, it's only a few places anyway. And there is PLENTY of other good angles to explore. You can still photograph around the rock from the outer track, the views are superb.
The news about the Valley of the Winds is very disturbing! It's a magical place indeed, but from there to asking folks not to walk in... I can't help the feeling the local Aboriginals probably had little interference on that one!
Time to rescue my slides form the area and scan/duplicate them just in case the Kodachrome gives up...
There is an airstrip and a high-end hotel in a resort around 20Kms or so from the rock. Complete with swimming pool and other lunacy, prices matching.
Place is called Yulara, look it up on the net.
I stayed there in the late 80s in a caravan in the camping ground which was a LOT cheaper. That'd be my first choice nowadays, if still available: the hotel is just plain silly expensive.
Someone else mentioned Mt Connor? That's around 70Kms East of Uluru and off the main road: you need a properly equiped vehicle or a tour in order to visit it. It's quite a place as well: I'd make an effort to go there. The road in goes through some almost pristine desert shrub vegetation that used to be all around the place. Superb nature and landscape photography there!