One of Australia's most popular destinations for rock climbers could soon become a scale-free zone.
Climbers fear their enjoyment of Mount Arapiles is under threat after Parks Victoria recently imposed a ban on many routes in the Grampians National Park in the state's west to protect their rich Aboriginal cultural heritage.
The bans affect 30 per cent of climbing areas in Victoria's fourth biggest national park, which climbers claim was done without public consultation.
Thousands of climbers flock to the world renowned Mount Arapiles each year, with growing fears it could be one of the next to become off-limits.
Thousands of climbers comes from all over the world to scale Mount Arapiles (pictured)
Local John Fischer insisted climbers frequently interact with indigenous groups.
'Arapiles is the heart of traditional climbing in Australia,' Mr Fischer told The Australian.
'If we lose Natimuk, we lose the chance to connect to country, place and respect indigenous culture.'
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Parks Victoria for comment about Mount Arapiles' future.
There are growing fears Parks Victoria may enforce a climbing ban on Mount Arapiles
Penalties of up to $1.6 million apply to groups that fail to protect indigenous heritage.
Parks Victoria announced on Friday that tour operators that offer rock climbing and abseiling in affected areas in the Grampians National Park can continue undertaking activities in Barc Cliff, Back Wall and a section of Wall of Fools until September 30.
The extension allow operators to work with traditional owners to understand and protect the area's unique Aboriginal cultural heritage.
Additional three-month extensions could be offered if strict conditions are adhered