Alizee Sery stripped on top of Uluru for a documentary.
Alizee Sery stripped on top of Uluru for a documentary. Supplied

Uluru: A history of disrespect

IT'S a sacred site venerated by humans throughout its 10,000 years of human history, but not all visitors to Uluru have shown the rock the respect it deserves.

It has also been the site of many scandals and acts of disrespect - from rude and nude dancers to uncouth teddy bears.

In his speech to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park's board of management urging them to ban the climb, chairman Sammy Wilson said it was time to stop treating it as a "playground".

Sam Newman hit a ball off Uluru. Picture: SUPPLIED
Sam Newman hit a ball off Uluru. Picture: SUPPLIED

"It is an extremely important place, not a theme park like Disneyland," he said.

It has also been treated like a toilet by climbers unprepared for the hour-long trek up the rock's face, tour operator Andrew Simpson revealed in 2009.

A tourist puts her head through an Aboriginal spy hole.
A tourist puts her head through an Aboriginal spy hole.

"When people climb up to the top of the rock there's no toilet facilities up there," he said. "They get out of sight ... most of them have a toilet roll tucked away."

"They're s----ing on a sacred site."

In 2010, French stripper Alizee Sery courted outrage when she "fulfilled a lifelong dream" to climb Uluru - and celebrated with an impromptu strip show.

A Taiwanese tourist is rescued from Uluru in 2015.
A Taiwanese tourist is rescued from Uluru in 2015.

"My project is a tribute to the greatness of the rock. What we need to remember is that traditionally, the Aboriginal people were living naked. So stripping down was a return to what it was like," she said at the time.

"After such a hard climb, when you reach the top, the view and the magic of the place gives you an amazing feeling of peace and freedom. You want to sing, dance - and strip.''

While discussing Sery's striptease on Melbourne radio in 2010, football personality Sam Newman revealed he once hit a golf ball off Uluru.

"I wasn't demeaning it. I was enjoying its beauty and what it represents. And I can enjoy its beauty and what it represents any way I like without being told by people," Newman said.

Some visitors to Uluru have had past indiscretions come back to haunt them.

Australian director Brian Trenchard-Smith apologised in 2010 for filming a kung-fu fight scene there in 1975.

And in 1986, Uluru was climbed by a teddy bear called Bromley whose climb was documented by his human family. Park management tried to stop the book being reprinted in 2003, 10 years after it was first published.

Bromley climbed Uluru for a kids’ book. Picture: JEFF HERBERT
Bromley climbed Uluru for a kids’ book. Picture: JEFF HERBERT

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