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Tourists continue to risk their lives and ignore warning signs while searching for the perfect selfie at Wedding Cake Rock - even though it will collapse at any moment

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 12/06/2018 Brett Lackey
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Tourists are ignoring safety warnings for the sake of the perfect selfie and continuing to climb onto Wedding Cake Rock despite being told it could collapse at any moment. 

The rock, in the Royal National Park an hour south of Sydney, has become a popular location for Instagram snaps due to the unique rock formation and spectacular backdrop.

However, a 2016 geotechnical report found the cliff to be extremely unstable and that the entire formation could collapse at any time. 

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National Parks & Wildlife Service fenced off the area and put up signs at the time of the report warning visitors not to venture onto the rock - but tourists looking for the perfect shot are climbing over the fence and ignoring signs. 

a man standing next to a body of water: Tourists are ignoring safety warnings for the sake of the perfect selfie at a popular National Park attraction near Sydney

Tourists are ignoring safety warnings for the sake of the perfect selfie at a popular National Park attraction near Sydney
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Wedding Cake Rock is so called because of its white colour, layered flat surface, and sharp edges.

The colour is caused by iron in the sandstone leaching out and bleaching the rock.

The sandstone could crumble, experts say, with large cracks already visible in the rock face that appear to separate it from the rest of the cliff.

Drone footage previously shot of Wedding Cake Rock shows just how precarious the structure is with it appearing to be standing on a foundation of already crumbling stone.

a group of people in the water: Wedding Cake Rock is so called because of its white colour, layered flat surface, and sharp edges © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Wedding Cake Rock is so called because of its white colour, layered flat surface, and sharp edges

Authorities introduced $300 fines to those climbing onto the rock and risking their lives in the potential 50m drop the ocean.

A student fell to his death in 2014 when a sandstone cliff in the area crumbled under him.

In November 2015, two men were winched to safety after slipping on the rock and becoming stranded on a lower ledge.

Many people have shared social media posts of people doing stunts on the rock surface and taking photos dangerously close to, or even hanging over, the edge. 

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