BANNED: 87-year old Mavis Bott looking back on her travelling days Picture: Saavanah Bourke
BANNED: 87-year old Mavis Bott looking back on her travelling days Picture: Saavanah Bourke

87-year-old said she saw Uluru climbing ban coming

MORE than 20 years ago, Stanthorpe resident Mavis Bott travelled to the Northern Territory, blown away by the natural beauty of Australia.

It wasn’t the first time the 87-year-old had seen the Northern Territory, having explored the state three times in her lifetime.

Ms Bott said one of the standouts from her travel in and around the Northern Territory was Uluru.

The giant monolith – better known to visitors as Ayers Rock – has been permanently closed for climbing since late last month.

In 2017, the board of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park voted unanimously to put a stop to tourists climbing the rock, due to the spiritual significance of the site, as well as safety and environmental concerns.

BANNED: Stanthorpe resident Mavis Bott shared this photo of people climbing Uluru back in 1996 Picture: Mavis Bott
BANNED: Stanthorpe resident Mavis Bott shared this photo of people climbing Uluru back in 1996 Picture: Mavis Bott

Visiting the rock back in 1996, Ms Bott said she suspected the climbing ban would eventually come into play.

“I think it’s always been in the pipeline to tell you the truth,” Ms Bott said.

“I always thought it would happen.

“There were just so many that were climbing it.”

It’s a steep and slippery climb to the summit, which is 348m high, with many accidents over the years.

“We went for a walk around the bottom and we saw 12 plaques for people who had fallen off the rock,” Ms Bott said.

“I had a friend that went there recently before the ban and I think she said there were about 33 plaques for people now.”

Although Ms Bott’s travelling days have come to an end, she said she never regretted seeing as much of our beautiful country as she could.

“Now I can only look back at all the photos of my travels,” she said.

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