Daredevil tourists are risking their lives to grab a selfie on a cliff edge near Sydney.
The spectacular spot offers pics from ‘above the clouds’ – but holiday snaps quickly turn to broken backs at the deadly location, which has no safety rail.
Lincoln Rock clifftop, at Wentworth Falls, which towers over Jamison Valley, is soaring in popularity with travellers wanting a beautiful Instagram photo, reports The Daily Mail.
But the dangers of the location have raised serious safety concerns.
In 2019, one teen sparked a heroic rescue mission from abseiling paramedics after falling backwards over the ledge and suffering fractures and internal injuries.
A local tour operator recently slammed the Blue Mountains Echo Point tourist office after it handed out flyers to visit the ‘dangerous, unprotected rock ledge’.
Steve Ridd, owner of Katoomba-based Nature Trail, told the paper: “This place has a history of people falling off.
“'The majority of visitors to Lincoln Rock are not qualified and experienced rock-climbers, rather young people engaged in selfie hedonism at extreme risk to their safety.
“'Such promotion of a dangerous lookout to the general public would seem irresponsible and reckless.”
The rock is named after Australian explorer Lincoln Hall, who died on Mount Everest in 2006.
Newlyweds flocking for photos at the area has led to its nickname of ‘wedding rock’.
But it’s an unwanted link and stark warning to a different landmark – Wedding Cake Rock, also near Sydney.
The infamous landmark was where 23-year-old student Fabien Ardoin died in 2014 after plunging a terrifying 40 metres.
Wedding Cake Rock banned tourists in 2015 over safety fears – but Lincoln Rock is still advertised to naïve tourists.
Adventure website True Blue Mountains says: “The drawcard of Lincoln's Rock is the impressive optical-illusion photo you can get as a memento, which makes it appear as though you're sitting literally on the edge of a cliff.
“In truth you are, except that there's a fairly safe ledge just below that would stop you from falling very far.”
It goes on to warn it’s taken at your own risk and says “No authorities would recommend you attempt to take this pic.”
One expert from Edith Cowan University found selfies were one of the biggest reasons tourists strayed from the safe track.
Dr Edmund Goh said: “They rationalised their own behaviour by following others.
“If others can do it, everything should be alright. There is also an element of FOMO (fear of missing out).”
Blue Mountains City Council and Destination NSW have been approached for comment.
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