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Backpackers to enjoy new views of Ayers Rock

People planning gap year travel to Australia will soon be able to see Ayers Rock from a new perspective.

The iconic Northern Territory rock formation - also known as Uluru - will be equipped with a new £10 million 'sunrise viewing platform' from October 8th.

Featuring shaded areas and raised pathways, the structure is designed to give visitors to Ayers Rock a spectacular view of the attraction at dawn and can cater for 3,000 people.

The rock has been an essential part of many backpacking trips to Australia for years, as it remains one of the country's most recognisable natural landmarks and holds great cultural significance for Aboriginal communities.

Last month it emerged that travellers could soon be banned from climbing on Ayers Rock due to concerns that the sandstone is being damaged by the 350,000 visitors it receives each year.

This is still being discussed by the authorities, although the Northern Territory tourism board has said that the sunrise platform will "offer an alternative for visitors who want more than a base view".

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