Peter Severin inside the Curtin Springs pub. The publican and livestock farmer has owned and run Curtin Springs Station, a property spanning a million acres located just 106 kilometres from Uluru, since 1956. He was one of the men who installed the metal spikes and hand chain on Uluru, encouraging tourists to visit and allowing climbers to make the ascent more safely.
Tourists are rushing to climb world heritage-listed Monolith, Uluru in Australia's central desert before a ban on climbers takes effect. The date of the closure, 26 October 2019, will be 34 years to the day since Uluru was given back to its traditional owners the Anangu people who have long requested that visitors not climb the sacred site.