Many tourists cannot resist the natural treasure from one of the most famous places in Australia. Nevertheless, most of them repent very quickly for it.
Plush toy kangaroos and koala toys, as well as boomerang magnets, are some of the most popular souvenirs that tourists buy in Australia.
Nevertheless, visitors to Central Australia often pack unusual natural souvenirs – large stones, sand, stones and branches from the area around the Uluru wall.
For the sake of guilt, or because of the bad things that are beginning to happen to them, hundreds of tourists return them each year by mail.
Local tribe Anangu, the traditional owners of Uluru, say they are overwhelmed by packages and letters, and that the practice of taking the stones must stop.
“We can not do anything useful with the returned material, and we’re only wastefully spending our time and money on returning it to nature,” said Parks of Australia’s spokeswoman for News.com.au.
Theft of natural assets is the main theme of the new book “Haunted: Mysterious Australia” by Tim the Yowie Man, a collection of unusual and scary stories. They are talking about the bad luck of tourists who decided to bring home unusual souvenirs.
Most items are returned with an apology letter, which is why they are called “apologetics stones”.
One Hong Kong tourist returned 300 grams of Uluru’s wall with the message: When I received this stone, I was so concerned that I wanted to get it back as soon as possible. Within a week my brother broke up with his girlfriend, and my father went to the hospital for heart surgery. I want to restore the stone where it belongs and say ‘goodbye’ to this jinx! “.
Although it’s all about superstition, Parks of Australia state that theft is a disgrace to the people of Anangu and the land they consider to be sacred.
The biggest problem is that staff can not identify the place from which the stones were stolen, and also theft leads to gradual erosion of the park.
Tourists who do not care about the appeal of authorities and environmental organizations should take into account big fines for stealing – all those caught in theft will have to pay 8,500 Australian dollars.